Arsenal Transfers: 5 Players Fans Would Love to See Arrive in January
Arsenal have been on a frustrating run of form in the last several weeks, as their shortcomings have been revealed through a series of should-have-won matches.
As the January transfer window continues to draw closer, the club continues to look for players that could be the solution to their continued struggles in the Premier League and European competitions.
The month of December sees the Gunners having an advantage with four of six upcoming matches being played at home. This means they need to take full advantage of all the chances they have to try and push back up the table.
In the interest of players who not only have the quality to help facilitate that goal but would also be crowd -pleasers, we look at five rumored moves to London fans would be happy to see happen in January.
Thierry Henry remains a massive hero to any and all fans at the Emirates Stadium. The club will never forget his masterful years leading the line for them and continues to repay its faith with him as it gets set to watch him yet again in Arsenal Red.
Although he is 35 years old, his skill and passing abilities remain as sharp as ever, and there is nothing wrong with his shot.
The return of Henry could be just what the fans are craving this summer.
Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is one of the best in the world. He is second to the Spanish national team only due to Iker Casillas of Real Madrid and has been linked with a move to Arsenal more than once in his career.
However, the links to the London club (via the Mail) for this January could be some of the strongest in recent memory.
While his stats have gradually declined over the past three seasons, so have Liverpool's as a defensive unit at the back. The days of Jamie Carragher and Sami Hyypia are over, and the age of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel has arrived.
The truth could see the Reds capitalize on the potential move and use the finances to reinvest in Reina.
Targeting Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez continues to be on the priority list for manager Arsene Wenger and the Gunners.
Last season, in support of Radamel Falcao, Lopez still managed to score 19 goals of his own making across the UEFA Europa League, La Liga BBVA and the Spanish Cup.
However, despite the London club's latest interest, Atletico are doing their best to offer Lopez a new deal, according to TalkSport, in the effort to keep him at the club.
The Gunners have a strong midfield group in the likes of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere. However, what they do not have is a dynamic midfielder with the height and attacking ability of Marouane Fellaini to manage playing every position in the center of the park without a miss.
Arsene Wenger was quoted by The Week in regards to the type of player Fellaini is:
When he arrived at Everton he was more defensive. Now he is more forward and it looks like he will finish centre-forward. He uses his body well, but he is not a dirty player. He is an intelligent player.
The fans need a new face like that of Fellaini's, as the big-haired Belgian has all the characteristics of a player who can become a cult legend and forever be a fan favorite.
Arsenal continue to need more goal production from their attack. The Gunners have been rumored by the Mirror to be looking at bringing in Dutch international forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to help lessen the burden on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud.
For what is a cut-rate price in the range of £6 million, the London club are believed to be set to snag last season's highest-scoring forward in the German Bundesliga.
The loss of Robin van Persie has been major to the club, but a move for Huntelaar would see the club looking to put their faith in their former captain's international strike partner, who can do absolutely that when he is healthy and on form.