Hector Bellerin is firmly established as Arsenal’s first-choice right-back, but, beyond that, there is a considerable amount of uncertainty about the club’s options in that position.
Mathieu Debuchy, back from his loan spell at Bordeaux, has been involved in first-team training recently, but it remains to be seen whether the 30-year-old will accept being a back-up player.
Carl Jenkinson, meanwhile, is still recovering from a serious injury he suffered while on loan at West Ham United last season and is set to miss the commencement of the campaign.
Calum Chambers is another option at right-back but the prospect seems more suited to playing at the heart of the defence, and, in any case, there have been suggestions that he could be sent out on loan to further his development.
All of the above suggests that there could well be an opening for a young right-back to break into the Arsenal squad this season, especially if further injuries strike.
Tafari Moore is the club’s most experienced youngster in that position, but the England youth international is currently in Holland ahead of a possible loan move to Utrecht.
That could well open the door for Chiori Johnson. The 18-year-old perhaps isn’t as renowned as some of the club’s other youth prospects, but he could soon become a very familiar face.
The youngster spent much of last season on the sidelines, but he returned to perform impressively in the closing stages of the campaign, particularly in the FA Youth Cup.
A player who is very good technically and frequently provides an attacking threat, Johnson has also improved defensively in recent years and is capable of making vital interceptions.
He isn’t the strongest, and it is questionable whether he would be able to cope with the physicality of the Premier League at this stage in his development, but Johnson is highly regarded by Arsene Wenger, as demonstrated by the fact that he has been selected to train with the first-team squad on several occasions during pre-season.
If Johnson features and impresses in the club’s upcoming friendlies then he will do his chances of edging closer to the first-team squad no harm at all.