Mikel Arteta has seen in person the problems that Djed Spence can cause to any team, as he helped Nottingham Forest to a shock 1-0 win over Arsenal in the FA Cup 3rd Round and his personal highlight was dribbling past Gabriel Martinelli and Martin Ødegaard as he bombed down the right wing.
This shows his speed and control of the game, which are shown in his stats, intercepting the ball on average 1.6 times a game, 0.4 times more than Takehiro Tomiyasu. His ability to win set pieces for his team was evident too, with 1.2 on average per game being double that of Tomiyasu, which illustrates his threat going forward as well.
With Cedric Soares an apparent transfer target of Atletico Madrid following Kieran Trippier’s departure to Newcastle and Callum Chambers entering the final six months of his contract, the Gunners will need cover for Tomiyasu at right-back or even a player to challenge the Japanese international. It makes sense all around this one.