Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has played down reports linking Patrick van Aanholt to Arsenal, according to football.london.
The Dutch full back has been linked with a deadline day move to North London as it has been reported that the Gunners are keen on bolstering their options at left back. The player has six months remaining on his contract at Selhurst Park.
Ahead of Palace’s Premier League game against Newcastle, Hodgson has poured cold water over these rumours and suggested that while he believes the player is good enough to play for Arsenal, he expects the 30-year-old to stay at Selhurst Park. On reports linking the Dutch left back with a move to the Emirates, he said:
“No, nothing I know about. Is he good enough to play for Arsenal? Yes, but it would be a real surprise to me.”
Van Aanholt signed for Palace from Sunderland in 2017. Since signing for the Eagles, he has scored 14 goals and provided six assists in 123 games across all competitions. This season, he has made just 12 appearances in all competitions due to injuries and the emergence of Tyrick Mitchell.
The Gunners have also been linked with Hibernian’s Josh Doig and Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand. Bertrand also has six months remaining on his deal and is stalling on signing an extension. It is understood that a move for the former Chelsea player is more likely to happen over the summer.