Would Arsenal fans be happy if we only bought Mudryk in January?

Considering Arsenal fans’ normal experience of January transfer windows, where we are used to seeing very few arrivals but lots of peripheral players being taken off our books, why is everyone expecting to see the Gunners spending zillions this coming window, especially considering how much our outlay was during the summer?

Yes, we all know that we have needed a holding midfielder since the year dot, and we now ‘need’ a striker to replace Jesus, but didn’t we need both of those last January as well?

The facts at the moment is that there is clearly interest in bringing in Mykhalo Mudryk, with the Shakhtar Donetsk vice director Nicolini finally confirming that the Gunners are involved in discussions for the obviously very talented winger.

But the Ukranian winger will not come cheap, and it still remains to be seen whether our budget will stretch any further than that.

Of course, I should also mention that in the summer, Arsenal had a few players out injured, but now we have Elneny as cover for Partey and Xhaka, and it looks like Arteta is confident that Nketiah and a newly-recovered Smith-Rowe will be able to cover for Jesus. As Arteta said: “I think [Jesus] is a unique player but Eddie [Nketiah] has incredible qualities as well for the way we want to play. We have other alternatives in that we can play Martinelli up front as well. We are currently a little bit short in terms of up front positions but getting Emile [Smith Rowe] back is going to be a big one.”

We also have Fabio Vieira now integrated into the squad, and if we get Mudryk as well, surely we will have enough forward and midfield options to cope until Jesus returns to the squad in February?

Should we all be very happy if we bring in one truly exceptional player in January for a big fee, and then keep our powder dry until the summer, when there will be many more ‘exceptional’ players for Arteta to choose from?

Darren N


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  1. I’d be surprised if Mudryk joins us, because we’ve got too many attackers who can play well in his main position. Hopefully he’ll go to a non-EPL club

    Better keep the money to sway Juventus for Vlahovic in the summer

    1. Agree with your bold choice of striker, not sure we can wait until in the summer.

      Surely a powerful defensive midfielder and a top striker must be priority over a winger.

      1. I don’t think Juventus would allow Vlahovic to leave in January, despite all their problems. He also might not want to move to Arsenal because of Xhaka, but it could change in the summer if Xhaka leaves

        Actually, there are more affordable CFs, such as Moukoko, Asensio and Taremi. But I believe Arteta will give Nketiah and Smith-Rowe a chance first

        1. Yes Eddie got to be given a chance and he will be given a chance for more than one reason, but we still will need that genuine number nine with Airial presence in the form an attack bully in the long run.
          Someone like West Ham Sammaca, Vlohovic, or Ivan Toney.
          In my opinion Osimhen definitely won’t come especially in January.

          Haven’t seen much of the players you mention, but Asensio maybe a little too risky not sure he may remember where the goal posts are.

          A commanding midfielder is a must to pick up the slot with Partey

          But we haven’t been in such a beautiful position in many moons, surely the bank must be broken to have one or two inspiring signing in January.

        1. I dnt even understand why u think bcos of past quarrel a player will reject an opportunity to go to a huge club that he likes bcos of one player. Except he does not fancy arsenal, Xhaka cannot be d reason he will nt come

  2. We need a striker.
    Nketiah has proven time and again he’s not good enough to be more than a squad player. Yes he had 4 good games when he wanted a new contract but that’s all. If we just got a striker would be a safer bet

  3. Agree with Jonny Arsenal above. A striker would be better for us than this guy. A Vlahovic or Osimhen would be great instead of Mudryk.

  4. This season is different, Darren M. Can you remember the last time we were 5 points ahead in the league and almost certain to qualify for UEAFA? Reasons enough to break the bank for at least 3 quality signings. This is a golden opportunity to strike while the iron in hot.

  5. Only that arsenal cant pull out money… U people should have bought vlahovic mudryh and tielemans… we are gud to go……. KSE help this club or sell to who will have time for it

  6. Buying Mudryk wouldn’t be bad, he has the same energy as Martineli, having Martineli for the holdup position,would certainly allow Mudryk room to counter alot, it would be explosive. We could also add tielesman.

  7. What will make supporters happy is having a squad that can win the EPL. Why ONLY Mudryk???? We are trying to WIN the Premier League and are 5 points ahead. If NOW is not the time to give ourselves a REAL chance of winning the PL, then we will have no idea when we will be in the present position again. If we do not sign and strengthen then that would be absurdly bizarre. I have no doubt that Edu/Arteta know we need to strengthen the squad. With no Gabriel Jesus do you think N|ketiah will win us the EPL? If Partey gets injured there will be no winning the EPL. It’s nearly 20 years since we won the Premier League. Are we a big club or are we going to chicken out?

    1. As an aside

      “Premier League video assistant referees have made six incorrect interventions this season, while 42 have been deemed correct by the Key Match Incident panel.

      ESPN have reported one of the six mistakes includes the disallowed goal by Gabriel Martinelli in Arsenal’s defeat at Manchester United in September”.

      Looks like we were officially robbed against Man Utd.

  8. Well done Beth Mead. We love you loads. Am arsenal player winning Sports Personality of the year is awesome

    1. Watched Arsenal women beat Zurich 9-1. Great. Sad Beth is injured, but she’s a great icon for Women’s football and Arsenal..

  9. If the ambition is to win the title then Mudryk alone will not be enough we would still need to bring in another forward and possibly a holding midfielder too.

  10. If we are fair dinkum about going for the title then money cant be the road block to achieving that goal. Savic, Mudryk and Osihmen should be the targets. Savic gives us the xperienced mid we need that can step in and the quality doesnt drop off. Mudryk as we do need depth up front and Osihmen because if we are being honest Vluhovic doesnt want to come here and Osihmen is a better version of Jesus and better goal; scorer. In the summer is where i go sign Danilo for the future and bring Patino into the squad and instead of signing another winger i just bring Balogun into the squad and Norton Cuffy to replace Cedric. Elneny will go and id move Lokonga out on loan to play some and see what we have there with a full season of playing under his belt as i feel he has stalled in his education.

    1. These are all good players but their quoted transfer fees are very high. I am therefore doubtful that any of them are coming to Arsenal.

      1. you have to weigh up the potential loss if we dont buy top quality. there is 23 games left in the season not to mention europa league and fa cup… do you honestly think eddie can get us through that period because he couldnt last season, if Partey or Xhaka go down…again its been proven Elneny and lokonga cant get us through. Reality is we could easily drop out of top four and then this fantastic start was a complete waste when we should be taking advantage of it and going for the title. If we are the big club we always claim to be then we need to act like one when oppurtunity arises instead of playing the cautious game.

  11. It’s how everyone seems to think splashing the cash is the total answer. You forget that we wouldn’t be here without the coach. Do you thin Arteta doesn’t want to win the league? I can say he is more farsighted than anyone here?
    Can you be certain the additions will hit the ground running immediately?
    What will squad tension be like? There’s a reason Pep doesn’t have 21 first team players.
    I get the fear of failure stuff but ‘ll put my money on the team and the coach, if he signs only Mudryk, maybe that’s what he feels he needs. If he signs more, he’s right too.
    and let’s not talk like FFP won’t apply to us.
    We are Arsenal, we do not really get favours from “world bodies”. Mudryk may be enough. Gabby should be here by February (according to reports), ESR should be available first week of the new year.
    We will win this league!

    1. Well he’s just spent 400 million over the last 2-3 years so money is obviously the answer because we now sit top

  12. how nkietah is fit enough to arsenal in the past we have a problem similiar like this so nkietah is not fit enough to arsenal we want mudryk and cf for short term and good dm in the absence of partey

    1. Depending on our financial capability. I’d say we need a competitive midfielder, who will push Partey to work harder. So Mudryk and a very strong and competitive holding midfielder will be good. As for Jesus, I’m not concerned, we have Eddie, Martinelli and Smith Rowe, and Jesus will be back before you realize he is not there. So let’s relax. I’m not confident we will hold on without a holding midfielder…

  13. If my wishes were to be horses I would want a fighter like Osimhen to replace Jesus. With him, arsenal won’t miss Jesus. Though it’s very difficult but very possible.

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