Arsenal plotting to take advantage of the loan market in January

Arsenal is more likely to look for loan deals than permanent ones in January.

Arsenal has plans to bring in reinforcements next month to their defence, although they may have to take advantage of the loan market.

The Gunners have been one of the poorest defenders in the Premier League this season and their defence has contributed most to their poor form this campaign.

A report from Express Sports claims that the Gunners have decided to settle for the loan market in their bid to solve their current problems.

The report claims that Arsenal has identified Merih Demiral as the player who can help their defence get better before the end of this season.

Demiral joined the Old Ladies last season after a fine season at Sassuolo but he has struggled to get into their first team.

He joined them the same times as Mathijs de Ligt and the Dutch defender has been preferred by Maurizio Sarri.

Sarri will reportedly not stand in the way of Demiral if he wants to make a temporary switch.

After the spending the Gunners did under Unai Emery in the summer, the club is not prepared to splurge again except if they can sell off some of their high earners.

15 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    “Demiral joined the Old Ladies last season after a fine season at Sassuolo but he has struggled to get into their first team”

    That means he is in Sassuolo level, not Arsenal level! Get Upamecano to accompany Saliba instead

    1. Neil Fitt says:

      I totally agree! But Upamecano will have to be purchased in full,wether now or summer!

    2. Vic says:

      This Upamecano every one is calling I ve watched him severally at bundelisga he is not really fast. Interceptions yes ,tackling yes ,tactical awareness is fair not exactly excellent but pace is not his thing…
      He is very much unfinished for those of us hear who keep sounding like he is at van Dirk’s level…
      I watch the ausburg defenders dey seem very decent tho…

  2. Eddie says:

    Bodgers intends to replace Evans with Demiral.
    Also, I’d like to get a more dependable and very good CB.
    I have reservations about Upamecano.
    Are we really planning on making our CB pairing 18 & 19 years old next season?
    Plus he’s another big gamble we wanna risk for that amount?

    Merry Christmas my Justarsensal Family, wishing everyone a fantastic 2020.

    1. Diogenes says:

      Upamecano is too expensive. That level of quality can be had in France for less and there’s also no guarantee he’ll be a success in EPL.

      Optimally, we should either gamble on players before they make it big – like Martinelli, Guen, Mavropanos – or buy from an English club so it’s a safer bet.
      50 M + on players from the Bundesliga is too much of a gamble considering the sheer number of flops (Mkhi, Kola, Xhaka were all absolute top in the BL. So was Auba, true, but as the fastest striker in the world at the time, it was less of a gamble)

      merry Christmas to you, too.

  3. Innit says:

    January transfer windows is usually for emergency. And our defence is an emergency lol.

    But it’s very very difficult to sign good players in January
    1. Players don’t like to move mid-season
    2. Clubs are reluctant to sell in January
    3. Players cost more
    4. Lower availability of quality players
    5. More poor players are available

  4. Innit says:

    Sorry clicked “post comment” too early lol

    Anyway, but we desperately need to sign defenders in January. Better defenders than Sokratis, Luiz, Mustafi

    The only defenders I like are Tierney and Holding. I don’t even rate Bellerin highly as a defender. I’d love to see him as a winger. Last season Bellerin scored more assists than Ozil and Ozil played about 24 games.

    1. Diogenes says:

      The reason Bellerin didn’t make it as a winger is because his shooting, passing, and dribbling are all nothing special. So he’s a kind of an Ashley Young fullback. Although, peak AY was clearly better.

  5. Roshan says:

    I hope Arteta comes in and gets rid of the big egos. We need to change the culture of the club. We need a complete reset with players who are hungry and desperate and play for the badge. We don’t need any Big Egos.

    Sell the deadwood – Ozil, Miki, Elneny, Mustafi

    To fix Defence:
    Buy Upamencano or buy 2 of Demiral (Juve), Sarr (Nice), Kamara (Marseille)

    To fix Midfield:
    If we sell Xhaka in January we must try to get Rabiot on loan.
    Rabiot and Torreira at the base of the midfield would be exciting. Full of energy and defensively solid. Rabiot passing ability is equal to if not better than Xhaka.

    Bring Partey in the summer and even try to get Rabiot on a permanent transfer (even at the expense of Torreira) we would have an amazing midfield base.
    Partey and Rabiot would be a dream pairing. Strong, athletic, defensively solid and lots of energy.

    Bring in Dominik Szoboszlai from RB Salzburg as rumoured.

    To fix Attack:
    If the rumours of Real Madrid wanting Auba for Jovic & cash we must take it. Or take cash and buy Moussa Demebeli from Lyon.

    Sell Laca for $50m+

    Transfers Out:
    Auba – $50m
    Laca – $50m
    Xhaka – $30m
    Torreira – $30m
    Ozil, Miki, Elneny, Mustafi – $25m
    = $185m

    Transfers In:
    Jovic/Dembele – $45m
    Upamencano/Kamara+Sarr – $50m
    Partey – $45m
    Rabiot – $30m
    Szoboszlai – $15m
    = $185m

    Team:
    Leno
    Bellerin Upamencano Salilba Tierney
    Partey Rabiot Szoboszlai
    Pepe Jovic/Dembele Martinelli

    1. ACE says:

      Roshan,

      I would be over the moon if AFC were
      able to successfully put together
      YOUR 1st 11 by the conclusion of the
      summer window. That collection of
      talent would significantly close the
      GRAND CANYON talent gap that
      currently exists between AFC and
      Manchester Pool. 😁 As far as the
      JAN window is concerned I tend to
      agree with this article and think AFC
      will be very active in sounding out
      various clubs about potential loan
      deals. Demiral and Rabiot from Juve
      should be at the top of the list.
      Successful deals for both players
      would be a great piece of business
      for Arsenal.

      WTS, if RM and a number of BL sides
      register serious bids for both Auba
      and Xhaka then the January window
      could be turned upside down. With
      a £80-90M at there disposal I could
      see MA, Raul and Edu make any of
      the following moves..

      Koulibay and Dominik Szoboszlai for
      £90M

      Szoboszlai, Partey and B. Kamara for
      £90M

      Upamecano( With ESR), Partey and
      Szoboszlai for £90-100M

      Imagine a January window where AFC
      could conceivably bring in the likes
      of Rabiot, Demiral, Upamecano Thomas
      Partey and Dominik Szoboszlai. Five
      precocious talents that would walk
      into the first 11 and under MA
      tutelage would make AFC a serious
      threat for that final CL spot.

      Over to you Raul and your “TACTICAL
      JANUARY WINDOW BS!”

  6. Break-on-through says:

    Fraser might be on sale for cheap with his contract running out, we need industrious players who have an impact going forward but they also chase the ball when it’s lost. Fraser for 15m some tabloids are reporting.

    I agree with that comment about our big egos, their egos are too big, because they score goals they think I’m doing my job what about him back there. There’s no place for this at a big club, imagine if Salah and Mane done that, how far would Liv drop off, or Debruyn and Silva, Benardo and Sterling, why do our guys not put everything into it.

    Rugani’s name is coming back round, along with Kurwaza and Mueneur, of PSG. Matuidi, he would’ve been a very good buy but we need to find a young Matuidi.

    Donyel Malen’s name has come up for a Lacazette alternative …if we have to sell him or if he wants to leave.

    Mertens, not really keen on him.

    Demiral, haven’t seen him play but the Arsenal board have to get it right, no more messing about, get ambition, not words, show us ambition for everyone to see out on the pitch, talks will tell us nout about the guy.

  7. ACE says:

    January is typically a difficult
    window to conduct optimal business
    but as you have eluded to there are
    a number of quality players available
    if the likes of Raul, Edu and Josh
    seriously desire to back MA and his
    his quest for that final CL spot.
    Any of these players would walk into
    Arsenals first 11 atm.

    T. Muerner
    L. Kurzawa
    Demiral
    A. Rabiot
    Dominika Szoboszlai
    Malang Sarr
    Youcef Atal
    Ibrahim Sangare
    Gabriel Magalhaes
    Victor Osimehn

    Loan moves for Rabiot, Demiral and
    Kurzawa as well as purchasing D.
    Szoboszlai from RBS would be
    excellent business for AFC.

    Now as I mentioned above in response
    to Roshan if Auba and Xhaka are
    serious about moving on and
    legitimate offers are submitted then
    the January window could be a wild
    and unforgettable affair! 😁😂

  8. ozziegunner says:

    Some very good prospects mentioned, if obtainable. However, any loan deals must include an option to buy, as Arsenal don’t want to be a “finishing school” for undeveloped players. Loans have the advantages of giving the loanee more game time and to assess the Club, coaching and players they join and Arsenal has the opportunity to assess the player’s ability and fitment to the Arsenal system head coach Arteta wants to play.
    As far as team defending, midfielders are as critical as defenders at present. Arsenal’s midfield is too porous, without the ball.

  9. ozziegunner says:

    By the way Rabiot comes across as very mercenary with an over inflated opinion of his ability (his agent is his Mum and sold him to the highest bidder after running his contract down at PSG) and obviously his performances are not matching his wages at Juventus.

  10. Diogenes says:

    After reading we should ‘appoint Simeone’ as if there was ever a chance, we now have people who think Upamecano will leave RB Leipzig in January while they fight for the title and CL at the same time 🤦‍♂️

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