Arsenal Transfers: 5 Players Gunners Fans Would Love to See Arrive in January
Due to Arsenal's good start to the season, the Gunners have not featured highly in the transfer gossip columns since the summer window closed.
Recent signings Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud are all settling in well and gelling with their teammates at the Emirates Stadium. They have only lost one game so far this season, and that was to league leaders and European champions Chelsea.
However, there is always room for improvement, and Arsenal fans will be hoping for more investment in the playing staff once the January transfer window opens.
Here are five players the supporters of the Gunners might like to see arrive midway through the season.
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Wojciech Szczesny is an Arsenal success story, arriving at the club as a 16-year-old and establishing himself as the club's first choice by the time he was 20.
However, the giant Poland international has not yet developed into the keeper many Arsenal fans would have hoped. For all his strength and agility, he is still susceptible to the occasional error or lapse in judgement.
If there is the desire to replace Szczesny—who is currently sidelined with an ankle injury—then Fernando Muslera could be their man.
Currently plying his trade at Galatasaray, the 26-year-old has been impressive during his time in Turkey and in Italy with previous club Lazio, and he helped Uruguay to Copa America glory last year by starring in the quarterfinal shootout against Argentina.
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One area which has often been a problem for Arsenal in recent years is defence, but this season they seem to have addressed the matter well.
In fact, only league leaders Chelsea have conceded fewer league goals than the the Gunners thus far this season.
If they did want to strengthen in that area, however, West Brom defender Jonas Olsson could fit the bill.
The Swede has been one of the Baggies' key players for more than four years now. The 29-year-old would bring plenty of experience and intelligence—he plans to become a human-rights lawyer when he retires from football—to the Arsenal back line, and could also fill in at left-back when required in place of the injury-prone Kieran Gibbs.
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Plenty was made of Robin van Persie's departure for Manchester United in the summer, but the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona was also a blow for Arsenal.
Although the new-look Arsenal midfield has been anchored superbly by Mikel Arteta this season, the Gunners could do with adding some bite to their midfield when the occasion calls for it.
Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama has won plenty of admirers during his time in the SPL, and the 21-year-old could be the ideal fit for the Gunners for when they face vital and difficult away matches in the second half of the campaign.
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With Theo Walcott's contract expiring at the end of the current campaign and his future still undetermined, Arsenal fans may be wondering if now is the right time to replace him.
Sevilla winger Jesus Navas has been targeted by the Gunners before, but the Spain international has remained at his one and only club.
In the past the 26-year-old has suffered from severe panic attacks and homesickness, but he now seems to have conquered those issues and—should he ever decide on a move to England—he would surely thrive in the Arsenal attack alongside compatriot Santi Cazorla.
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If Arsenal want to look a little closer to home to replace Walcott, they could do a lot worse than go for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
The Ivory Coast-born attacker has been attracting plenty of attention for his exploits for the Eagles, and the 19-year-old continues to develop into a highly promising young talent.
He has started all 10 of Palace's league games so far this season, scoring four goals. Twice Palace have been behind, and twice Zaha has scored braces to help fire them to victory.
Walcott was plucked from the second tier after just six months of playing for Southampton. If Arsenal were to repeat the trick, they would be signing a player who is far readier to embark on a Premier League career than Walcott was when he signed for the Gunners as a 16-year-old.