Wenger might have to break his protocol of not spending in the January transfer market as the team’s injury woes will probably force him to do so. At the moment, the midfield duo of Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin are both injured and unavailable till next year, which will leave the team in dire need of quality replacements by new year. The defensive midfield is particularly in need of someone who can bring the same quality of services Coquelin brings to the table, and the coach has already identified Porto midfield and youngster, Ruben Neves as a transfer target by January.
The 18 year-old is already a starter at the Portuguese club and has already progressed through the youth ranks of the country’s team and has 2 caps to his name in the senior national team within 12 months. He comes highly rated for Arsenal’s defensive midfield role and can serve as a long-term replacement cum backup option due to his age. Despite being a teenager, Neves is far from inexperienced or naive as he has shown great maturity since he broke onto the scene since in last Summer’s UEFA championship.
He has already captained the Porto side once in this season’s Champions League, and is often described as a player with a “great vision, passing and positional sense”, which makes him a perfect signing for Wenger. Arsenal are said to be preparing a bid worth 22 million Pounds for his services, and he will no doubt give Coquelin a run for the money if he successfully arrives at the Emirates come January.