It's that time of year once again—Arsenal transfer rumors are coming in thick and fast before the January transfer window opens.
Predictably, much of the speculation is pure hokum.
Even still, there are some players that I never expected to be linked with Arsenal, either on a permanent basis or on loan. Sometimes, even the insane transfer hype machine manages to surprise me.
Let's look at six players who I was actually surprised to see mentioned as possible targets for Arsene Wenger, including star forwards Stewart Downing and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.