Which former Arsenal targets must we look to in January? (Opinion)

Arsenal are linked with a number of players in each window, but with our club severely underwhelming at present, we will surely need to be making changes come January.

Arsenal will need to do more than take a few jackpots from the Spin online casino to turn their league campaign around, but with a 100% record in the Europa League at present, and with participation in two cup competitions, our season shouldn’t be completely written off.

Our midfield came under the spotlight since our form took a horrendous turn, but there has definitely been improvements in that department.

Unfortunately the lack of creativity which we were lacking before, which dried up the amount of chances our goalscorers could put away, has had a knock-on effect, and now our strikers are in need of a boost.

With just over a week left until the winter transfer window opens, it will be interesting to see which positions the manager makes a priority.

We were strongly linked with a move for Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard over the past 12 months, but he hasn’t had the best campaign thus far.

While I believe he has the talent, the fact that the previous campaign was cut short due to Covid, paired with the likelihood that the player was looking to quit Celtic Park as a number of clubs eyed his signature, he is yet to resurrect his amazing form of last term, and he may well be the last player being considered when we are already lacking confidence.

He may well be thinking a change in midfield could bring the desired effect however, and you would have to have lived under a rock not to have heard of our interest in Houssem Aouar.

The Lyon midfielder eventually ruled out leaving a couple of days before the October transfer window closed, but we was made to believe that the player was open to the switch previously, and he actually had a strange falling out with his club recently. The Mirror amongst other sources claim that another bid is likely next month.

We appear to be stacked in defence, but rumours continue that the manager is looking to bring in another centre-back, but I struggle to believe that would be a priority.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is the main talking point currently, having been amazingly consistent in front of goal since joining the club from Borussia Dortmund up until signing his new deal, and the worry may now be that we need to look for his long-term replacement sooner rather than later.

Ligue 1 is supposedly set to endure some financial issues thanks to a failing TV deal, as reported by the Guardian, and we may well look to take advantage of that situation.

Memphis Depay is supposedly on the market for a lowly €5 Million fee next month, as MundoDeportivo reports the club is keen to cash-in as opposed to losing the forward for free in the summer, and that would be a coup if we could pull it off.

While it is great to speculate, the clubs plans could well change altogether, and the manager actually be relieved of his duties following our disgraceful form, and the new manager may not receive any backing if the club believe in the current crop at their disposal, but whether Arteta is your guy still or not, I think we can all agree that the squad needs improving in the transfer window.

Who should be top of the club’s wishlist next month? Which position is our weakest at present?

Patrick

Tags Houssem Aouar Memphis Depay Odsonne Edouard Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

8 Comments

  1. Grandad says:

    In my opinion we need a quality midfielder to support Partey who hopefully will be fit and well soon.Apart from Bissouma of Brighton who has been attracting a lot of attention, I have been very impressed with Anguissa at Fulham.Very good technically with a lot of energy and good passing ability.The trouble is neither Brighton not Fulham will be keen to sell for obvious reasons.

    1. Trudeau says:

      Great call Grandad! I was coming on here to make the same call with Anguissa. I’ve been hugely impressed with him in the last few weeks. Only thing is that he may be a bit too similar to Partey

  2. Eliot says:

    We currently have one midfielder in TP.It needs no mention we need a creative midfieder,and AUOUR fits.We also need deep midfielder since TP can play box to box.That done our team is complete

  3. Sean says:

    We may be better off looking at players from the championship as that is exactly where we are going with this lot!

  4. RFrancis says:

    Before looking on the outside for new players, we first need to take a careful look at our style of play. Our players, especially midfielder, are extremely cautious and when given the option of playing either a progressive forward pass or a safe backward pass, they consistently choose the latter. This is the reverse for the Europa squad because they are more familiar with each other. One other observation – our midfielder are incapable of turning quickly when they receive a pass so the tendency is to play it back.
    Our offensive game is slow, lethargic and predictable. This is biggest flaw in our game.
    I have no particular midfield targets in mind but would settle for a few blue-collar players with solid technical skill and a heart to compete.

    1. Ross says:

      Ramsey on loan for 6 months. He knows the club and is the box to box midfielder we need.

  5. ozziegunner says:

    Buendia from Norwich City fits the bill. Unfortunately Arsenal didn’t even make an approach for Szoboszlai from RB Salzburg and he has gone to RB Leipzig.

  6. Wenger91 says:

    Buendia is our best option, maybe giving more chances to our youngsters will pay off rather than keeping the same “old faces” with no improvement!

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