Arsenal ended last summer’s transfer window as the only side out of the five top European leagues to not sign a single outfield player, with goalkeeper Petr Cech the only signing made by boss Arsene Wenger.
And when West Ham United trounced the Gunners 2-0 in their first Premier League game this season at the Emirates, Wenger received some flaks for his failure to bring in suitable additions in the summer. However, that seems to have died down as Arsenal currently lie second in the league – level on 22 points with leaders Manchester City.
Nevertheless, the Gunners have been linked with several players who could possibly be moving to the Emirates in the New Year, as they look to win the title this season after painfully eluding them for more than a decade.
Hence, we have outlined five players who Arsenal could sign when the transfer window reopens in January;
1. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.
The Borussia Dortmund attacker is in fine form at the moment, having bagged 17 goals in 13 appearances for Thomas Tuchel’s side this season.
Yesterday, the Daily Star revealed 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 seems to be dismissing the links, saying he will not pillage his former employers of their star players: “I have no intention whatsoever to lure Dortmund’s stars to Liverpool.”
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, should he succeed in signing 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
The exquisite Borussia Dortmund forward has been a target of several European heavyweights, having caught the eye with his impressive displays in recent seasons.
Reus was linked with Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Barcelona, Arsenal and Manchester United in the summer, but none of these giants succeeded in luring away the Dortmund number 11 from the Westfalenstadion.
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. Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez [Isco]
Another player who Arsenal can sign in January is Isco, with Spanish source Fichajes saying the Gunners are readying a £22m offer for.
There are reports Isco has handed in a transfer request at Santiago Bernabeu and, has told Real Madrid president Florentino Perez his future lies away from Real.
The silky Spaniard is understood to be unhappy with lack of enough game time at Real, having joined from Malaga for a reported €30m transfer fee in the summer of 2013.
4. Alexandre Lacazette
The bulky Frenchman was linked to several Premier League sides including Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester during the summer. However, Lacazette opted to remain with Olympique Lyonnais despite the French giants saying they would sell him if the right offer comes in.
The 24-year old striker had an excellent campaign with Lyon last season, bagging 27 goals. Lyon boss Hubert Fournier reportedly told Lacazette to leave the club if he is unhappy and, this could give Arsenal a huge advantage of signing the France international – whose contract at the Stade de Gerland runs out in 2019.
5. Javi Martinez
With Francis Coquelin Arsenal’s first-choice defensive midfielder and the others – Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta in the waning period of their careers – Arsene Wenger knows he needs to recruit another top notch DM in the next transfer window.
Any injury or suspension to Coquelin could derail Arsenal’s season and as such, Javi Martinez could be a suitable addition to the Gunners’ side.
Martinez seems a forgotten player no thanks to a serious left knee injury he suffered in August 2014. The Spanish midfielder has endured a year of injury woes, having made just one substitute appearance towards the end of last season.
But he has now returned from injury and Arsenal should make a swoop for the brilliant midfielder when the next transfer window is pronounced opened.