La Liga transfer target is good but NOT what Arsenal need

With a growing injury list greatly reducing the Arsenal squad options available to the manager and with a crucial and busy run of fixtures just around the corner, Arsene Wenger could find himself with a lot of work to do when the transfer window kicks off next month.

Even assuming that no more Arsenal players pick up an injury in the next four weeks (and how likely is that Gooners?) then the Frenchman will be under pressure to sign at least one more forward player, a defensive midfielder and perhaps a central defender as well.

So I was quite surprised to see that one of the latest Arsenal transfer rumours, reported by Metro among others after news from Spain, had us heavily linked with the Real Madrid and Spain star Isco and a £35 million bid for him.

The 23-year old is a typical sort of Wenger signing, with great skill and attacking flair, and if this was coming up to the summer window then I would definitely be more inclined to believe it. But a tricky attacking midfielder is surely pretty low down on our list of priority transfer targets at the moment.

Plus the theory behind the rumour, that Isco is unhappy with his lack of playing time under Rafa Benitez just does not add up. He has started 16 of Real Madrid’s 23 games this season and come on as a sub in four more. So is this just lazy journalism from the Arsenal rumour mill?

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  1. WOS says:

    OT as the topic is not interesting
    We really have a very strong squad despite having 10 important squad players out
    Arsenal line up
    Not perfect but good and can do the job against sunderland and hopefully can do it against olympiakos
    In january we need to get a dm (bender-wanyam)

    1. ThirdManJW says:

      Arsenal had a stronger squad than that against the likes of Olympiakos, Zagreb, West Ham, Norwich, Chelsea, etc, and we really struggled in those games and many more. I’m not even confident we’ll beat a now confident Sunderland team. Worrying times ahead.

      1. Colin says:

        The nail on the head. Often it’s not the players but our tactics that let us down.

    2. edbryt says:

      Yea like they got the job done against Norwich and wba…let’s brace ourselves for a bumpy Christmas..

  2. Jansen says:

    I agree that a DM and top quality striker could be considered higher on our wish list.

    Having said this Isco would be a wonderful signing for us and walk into our first 11 IMO.

    With Santi moving on in age and Rosicky also nearing the end we have a developing shortage of technically gifted players. Add to that the tendencies of Ramsey and Wilshire to be injured for long spells and Ox at risk of copying that and it becomes clear that we could use Isco.

    He is physically stronger than the four players mentioned above and he is far better on either wing. The others prefer the center of the pitch.

    Do we need a DM and Striker more this January? yes. Would Isco improve our starting 11? Yes.

    Would I rather take Isco than a Kallstrom type of DM or Giroud type of striker this January? Yes.

  3. ArseOverTit says:

    Transfer talk, really!?

    Have we learned nothing?

  4. damochy says:

    There is a saying that once a woman/wife stop nagging and caring what her man is ip to then the man better start worrying because sooner rather than later he will be thrown out……now that analogy does not exactly qualify Arsenal, Wenger and the relationship with fans because we do not have any other options than to support the club but the feeling of apathy and resignation that greeted the news of Sanchez and Carzola injury is scary…..its like most fans have given up, tired of raving and ranting, tired of been frustrated and been disappointed..the club is resigned to just participating and the fans are getting to the stage of knowing the inevitable will happen..

  5. Davros says:

    Isco also has played in a deeper more defensive role, but we have Cazorla and Ramsey and Wilshere. At CAM we have Ozil and Cazorla

    So, unless Isco is okay on the bench or any of our current players are sold or happy on the bench. I don’t see it happening

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