Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 6 Players Linked to the Gunners in January

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIISeptember 24, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 6 Players Linked to the Gunners in January

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    Despite a fantastic and unbeaten start to the season, Arsenal has been linked to January moves for a number of players.

    The Gunners have showcased a defensive solidity and attacking fluidity that were the prime attributes of previous Arsenal teams, but that hasn't stopped the rumours.

    Arsenal have been linked to World Cup winners, up-and-coming stars and even players who turned out for rivals.

    The possibility of any of these deals is very low, but these players have been linked nonetheless.

    Here are six players linked to the Gunners in January.

Adrian Lopez

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    Adrian Lopez is one of three Spanish players on this list linked to Arsenal in recent times (via the Metro).

    Lopez is one of the young Spanish stars waiting in the wings, and has started to improve his performances since joining Atletico Madrid last year.

    He can play on the wing or up top, but would find plenty of competition in the Arsenal forward line. It's unlikely that Atletico would let one of its younger stars leave, especially in a season where they are trying to get back into the Champions league and make another strong run in the Europa League.


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    Given the current performances of their two current Spanish players, Gunners fans would have some reason to get excited about a rumour concerning another Spanish technician.

    Santi Cazorla joined Arsenal from Malaga this summer, and the Mirror believes that his young teammate Isco could follow the same route.

    The duo formed a fantastic partnership that helped Malaga achieve its goal of getting into the Champions League. Despite his teammate's departure, Isco made a grand entrance into the competition proper with a two-goal performance against Zenit St. Petersburg.

    Should Malaga's financial problems worsen, they may have to let the young star go, but Arsenal would not be short of competitors for Isco's signature should they be interested (via BBC).

Didier Drogba

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    Not sure what the Sun was thinking when they reported that Didier Drogba could leave his Asian adventure and return the Premier League to play for a team he once tormented.

    Things became even sillier with this rumour when Arsenal legend Ian Wright was quoted as saying that he would love to see the Ivorian turn out for the Gunners (via 


    Such a deal is out of the question as, for anyone who thought it was a possibility, Arsene Wenger made it clear (via

Fernando Llorente

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    The Metro has had a grand time in terms of Arsenal transfer rumours recently, and have linked the Gunners to Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente.

    Llorente recently made it clear that he could be moving from the Basque club in January, but Arsenal certainly won't be contenders for his signature (via Sky Sports).

    The Gunners already have their big forward in Olivier Giroud, and interest in another player for the position could dent the confidence of a player yet to open his account for the club.

Brede Hangeland

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    Why this rumour has surfaced—actually, resurfaced—is a mystery considering the club's current defense and the age of the player, but the Metro has reported that Arsenal could be monitoring Brede Hangeland's contract situation at Fulham.

    Hangeland has been linked to the Gunners in the past, but there was never any concrete interest (via DailyMail).

Liam Moore

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    This move certainly has Arsenal written all over it if the interest is real. According to the Metro, the Gunners could join Manchester United and others in a fight for Liam Moore's signature.

    Here's more from the Metro article:

    "The 19-year-old, who is widely regarded as one of the best young defenders outside of the top flight, has made a firm assault on the Leicester first-team this season, having impressed whilst on-loan at Bradford City last year.

    It is understood that Leicester value Moore at around £5 million, and would be willing to do business in January.

    A fast, strong and aggressive defender, Moore is a regular for England's Under-19's."

    Should the Gunners want to start looking to the future defensively, considering they do quite a lot of that offensively, Moore could be an option.