LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Kieran Gibbs of Arsenal is substituted for Nacho Monreal of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on December 26, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

6 Exciting Players Arsenal Should Be Looking to Sign to Fill the Problem Left Back Slot This Summer

After the recent form of both Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs, it is glaringly obvious that Arsenal need to ditch their current situation at left-back and start again.

This summer, the position should be a priority, perhaps even more so than a defensive midfielder and with a whole host of talent available in the role, they have no excuses not to strengthen or invest in a new project.

Here are six candidates who could fill the left-back void for the Gunners.

1. Ryan Bertrand - Southampton

The Southampton star has become one of the Premier League's finest full-back's in the past few seasons, earning himself a regular place in the England squad.

Full of pace, good with the ball at his feet and defensively astute, Bertrand would be the ideal candidate from England's top-tier for the Gunners. The former Chelsea man is also lethal with his delivery from out wide, something Arsenal have desperately missed.

2. Benjamin Mendy - AS Monaco

After his performances against Manchester City for Monaco, Mendy will have more than one Premier League suitor desperate for his signature.

The 22-year-old is as energetic as they come and has copious amounts of quality at both ends of the field. Like Bertrand, his crosses are also pinpoint accurate and you feel as if the Frenchman would add that dimension Arsenal have been missing on the left.

3. Faouzi Ghoulam - Napoli

The Algerian international has been one of the many players to elevate Napoli to a truly great side in the last few years. Ghoulam is as reliable is they come and would inject some much needed guile from the left.

Again, the Napoli man is deadly at delivering balls into the box and it is this recurring theme which the Gunners desperately crave.

4. Sead Kolasinac - Schalke

Schalke's Bosnian full-back is a different entity to the previous three, a left-back who will contribute to the attack in a variety of ways and improve Arsenal.

Blessed with incisive movement, Kolasinac is an expert at breaking in behind opposing defences, hence why he has three goals and five assists to his name this season in the Bundesliga.

5. Lucas Digne - Barcelona

Digne's time at Barcelona has not been a success and the Frenchman appears to be far down the pecking order.

Nevertheless, the Frenchman is a talented left-back capable of contributing heavily in attack and blessed with a passing style tailor-made for Arsenal. His tackling can leave a lot to be desired but at just 23-years-old, he could be worth investing in.

6. Wendell - Bayer Leverkusen

The biggest risk on this list would be Leverkusen's Brazilian full-back, however, risks can certainly pay off in football.

Wendell has become a key man for the German side over the past few seasons and his game has certainly improved. Quick and direct with his dribbling, the 23-year-old is brilliant at terrifying opposing defences but his final ball certainly requires improvement.