Arsenal have reportedly registered an interest in RB Leipzig defender Benjamin Heinrichs

While Henrichs still has two years left on his current contract, this does not dissuade the Gunners from wishing to complete a deal for the player – even if they may be required to pay a hefty fee.

According to TalkSPORT, Arsenal see Henrichs as an alternative option for Romeo Lavia (who could soon join Liverpool or Chelsea from Southampton). This seems strange – Henrichs is a natural right-back, whereas Lavia plays primarily as a defensive midfielder.

Despite this, Henrichs was deployed as a central midfield player towards the beginning of the 2022/23 season. He has experience in that role – but it is not his preferred position on the pitch.

Would Benjamin Henrichs be a good signing for Arsenal?

As mentioned, Henrichs can cover several different positions to a high level of quality – not only can he play at right-back and in central midfield, he can also function as a left-back and as a right winger.

This adaptability can be a godsend for a squad’s overall depth – especially as Arsenal will be partaking in the Champions League next season, giving them a more extensive fixture list.

Arsenal already have solid options at right-back. Not only do they already have Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu who can play there, they also have Jurrien Timber who is expected to join the club soon.

Henrichs was a mainstay for RB Leipzig last season. He missed just four of their 34 Bundesliga games and played a crucial role in their DFB-Pokal victory.

Benjamin Henrichs football career summary so far

Born in 1997, Henrichs signed his first professional contract with Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. He went on to make 62 appearances for the club, before he was snapped up by AS Monaco in 2018.

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At Monaco, Henrichs made 35 appearances – he also scored his first professional goal with Les Rouge et Blanc. In 2020, he was loaned out to RB Leipzig, with the deal becoming permanent a year later.

He has also been capped on multiple occasions for Germany – so far, he has made ten international appearances for his country, but has yet to score a goal for them.

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