Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is on the scour for established players to bolster his side in the January transfer window, with the Gunners in a Premier League title race with the two Manchester clubs – United and City.
Having failed to sign a single outfield player in January, Arsene Wenger is ready to clean up his mess and go all out to bring in players who can aid the Gunners’ cause for the Premier League title this term.
And we have assembled a list of five players who Wenger can lure to the Emirates in the New Year;
1. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang.
The Borussia Dortmund attacker is in fine form at the moment, having bagged 14 goals in 12 Bundesliga appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season.
There are claims that Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona and Liverpool are interested in the Gabon international striker, with the Reds have been installed as favourites as Klopp is being seen as a major attraction for Aubameyang. But Klopp has since refuted those claims, saying he has no intentions to raid his former side.
That could now give Arsenal the chance to pounce, with Wenger reportedly a long-term admirer of the Gabonese forward. Wenger could have a potent striker in his ranks by January, if he were to sign Aubameyang, and the Frenchman’s dilemma on whether to start Olivier Giroud or Theo Walcott could be easily put to bed as Aubameyang will certainly be installed as the Gunners’ number one striker.
2. Marco Reus
Here, Arsenal have an uphill task of signing the German ace as European heavyweights like Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Barcelona and Manchester United are all tracking the silky attacker. All were linked with Reus in the summer but none of them succeeded in luring him away from the Bundesliga..
With interests in the German ace appearing to have simmered down for a while now, Arsenal can move quickly to make a bid for Reus – who is valued between £35-£40m and that should not be a problem for the Gunners who hardly loosened their purse strings in the summer.
3. William Carvalho
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder has been linked to Arsenal in recent summers, with Wenger looking to amplify his defensive midfield options.
In October, the Daily Star claimed the Gunners are willing to cough up £33m in order to lure him to the Emirates stadium and, the box-to-box midfielder will suitably be a good back-up option for or a better competitor with Francis Coquelin, who is currently the Gunners’ first-choice defensive midfielder.
Wenger knows any injury or suspension for Coquelin could spell doom for Arsenal, and is already putting plans in place to sign the powerful midfielder in January.
5. Grzegorz Krychowiak
The Sevilla midfielder was targeted by Arsene Wenger this past summer while the Frenchman was scouring Europe for an established defensive midfielder. But Krychowiak opted to remain with Unai Emery’s side.
But Arsenal should revive their interest in the Polish midfielder – who is armed with calmness on the ball – in the summer. Krychowiak is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe, and having joined Sevilla in the summer of 2014, the 25-year old has made significant progress, helping the La Liga giants to a Europa League triumph last season.
There are reports Arsenal will open talks for the signature of the Poland international in January and that boss Arsene Wenger is still keeping tabs on the Sevilla’s No. 4. Should Arsenal go ahead with the move and come out successful, their push for the title will be boosted further.
5. Edinson Cavani:
The Paris Saint-Germain forward is certainly on his way out of Paris, with claims he is unhappy with being played out wide and not as a striker.
The Uruguayan’s unhappiness was further fuelled by the recent terror attacks in Paris, which has made him declare his intentions not to return to France, as per his Uruguay team-mate Alvaro Gonzales.
And this has given Arsenal a huge boost of signing the former Napoli goal poacher, although they could be joined in the race by Chelsea who are also looking to sign a striker following Diego Costa’s struggles this season.
Arsenal are better-placed to sign Cavani nonetheless, as he would be guaranteed a starting place at the Emirates unlike at Stamford Bridge.