Arsenal FC: An Early Look into Targets for Gunners' January Window
Arsenal, whether they like it or not, are in dire need of an active transfer window. Recent victories against Tottenham and Montpellier have boosted morale hugely but have done nothing to address Arsenal's lack of squad depth.
It might not be Wenger's way, but a bit of cash splashed in the right areas this January could prove to be crucial come the end of the season.
Allegedly, Wenger has been given £35 million to spend, and there are numerous options for the Boss to consider. Here are the five most viable transfers which Arsenal should try to make happen come January.
1. Klass Jan Huntelaar
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When you watch Klass Jan Huntelaar play, you will notice that he is not too dissimilar to Robin van Persie. His movement off the ball, control and outstanding finishing ability are certainly reminiscent of the Manchester United striker, and his goal record definitely backs up what a brilliant player he is.
Arguably, with Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott at their disposal, Arsenal do not need a new striker. However, although these are all more than capable players, Huntelaar, at £15 million, is just too good to miss out on.
With a front three of Podoski, Huntelaar and Walcott, Arsenal will have a balance of pace, direct attacking football and deadly finishing worthy of any Premier League team.
Arsenal need Huntelaar, simple as that.
2. Mapou Yanga M'Biwa
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Arsenal have severely lacked depth at the back this season. After an injury to Kieran Gibbs, possibly the worst defender in the league, Andre Santos, has to be called upon. This problem has cost Arsenal many points so far, and it must be addressed.
Yanga M'Biwa would be a perfect signing to plug the hole in Arsenal's defense. A versatile defender, who can play in the center or at left-back, M'Biwa has built a reputation of being one of the best defenders in Ligue 1.
This type of multi-positional defender is exactly what Arsenal need. Wenger should look to sign the Montpellier captain as quickly as possible.
3. Yann M'Vila
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Yann M'Vila would be the tough-tackling, diverse midfielder that Arsenal have missed since Song left.
Wilshere and Arteta are very good players, but they are perhaps a bit too similar. They need a player to take the weight off their shoulders from time to time.
Abou Diaby would be perfect, if he weren't injured for three quarters of every season. The Frenchman, now 26, simply needs to be sold, as he has become a deadweight in Arsenal's squad and his enormous paycheck definitely doesn't justify his almost nonexistent contribution to the team.
At €15 million, M'Vila would be both a bargain and a terrific asset to the Gunners' squad.
4. Michel Vorm
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Goalkeeper is a position to which Arsene Wenger seems to pay little attention. In Wojciech Szczesny, he has a young keeper who is solid now and has the potential to be one of the world's best. However, Vito Mannone and Fabianski are not worthy second-string keepers.
Michel Vorm is far better suited to being Szczesny's understudy. The 29-year-old has enough Premier League experience to deputize efficiently and challenge Szczesny for the starting place.
He is a cheap, proven keeper who happens to be known as the "penalty killer"—surely it's a no-brainer, Arsene?
5. Edinson Cavani
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This is probably just a pipe dream more than anything else, but the press continues to link Edinson Cavani with a move to Arsenal. The Uruguayan is one of the best strikers in world football right now, without doubt, and Wenger must at least try to sign him.
He has a buy-out clause of €55 million, but if an offer of €35 million came in, Napoli would almost definitely listen.
Out of all the players on this list, Cavani would be the only really huge signing—a real statement of intent from Arsene Wenger. If Arsenal do sign Cavani, the rewards will not just be reaped on the pitch, either—it could entice Walcott into a new deal.
What Would You Do?
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At the end of the day, Wenger could sign three of these players or he could sign none. We don't know.
Personally, I would sign Vorm, Huntelaar and maybe M'Vila if I had £35 million to spend.
I would like to know, though, what you fans would do if you were in charge of Arsenal. Who would you sell and who would you bring in? What would you do with Walcott? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.