Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 8 January Targets for Arsene Wenger

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IIDecember 24, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 8 January Targets for Arsene Wenger

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    Arsenal continue to struggle with scoring goals from the front line. Not only that, but their defensive injuries and frailties continue to see them be put on the back foot more times than they would want to.

    However, there is soon to be a chance to try and right some wrongs with the January transfer window being just about a week away.

    From defenders through midfielders and forwards the Gunners have been linked with players all across Europe, and their manager will hope to make some well planned moves in the market to ensure a better second half than first, despite their current place in the top four.

Nani

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    Manchester United contract outcast Nani looks to be on the move this January. With Arsenal having one of their own, Theo Walcott, in that same type of situation it is not strange to see the Gunners looking into a similar player's situation.

    Nani could be a great signing as he would not have the same expectations on his shoulders at Arsenal that he does at Manchester United.

    According to the Guardian the Portuguese has been linked with the London club since earlier in December, but there is still no guarantee that the Gunners are willing to splash the potential cash needed for a major signing that Nani could be.

Fernando Llorente

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    Arsenal have been linked with Spanish striker and Athletic Bilbao star Fernando Llorente since the end of November according to TalkSport.

    The talented forward has the unique ability to be as good in the air with the ball as when he has it at his feet. Most tall players are more suited to one or the other, but the well-rounded Spaniard has all the unique skills to make a solid acquisition in January if the club is willing to splash the cash.

Yoann Gourcuff

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    Olympique Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff continues to find himself linked to Arsenal it seems at almost every transfer window.

    The former AC Milan and Bordeaux star has spent the past several seasons frustrated by injury, but his skills have always seemed to be have been enough to get his name mentioned with the Gunners at least once or twice every six months.

    The Mail are the latest to have linked him to the London club for the coming transfer window and once more it probably will not happen, but you never know in January.

Wilfried Zaha

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    Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha has created a bidding war between Manchester United and Arsenal according to the Mirror.

    With Arsene Wenger set to open the bidding at £8 million, it could be an interesting race to the finish if either club can manage to weaken the resolve of Palace.

Demba Ba

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    The Newcastle striker and leading scorer has been linked with Arsenal for the past several days since his comments (via ESPN)made it appear that he was open to a switch to the London club.

    ESPN are the latest to have linked the player with a move south from Newcastle, but it will take the Gunners digging deep enough into their pockets to trigger the Senegalese international's release clause to sign him if they are inclined to do so.

Simon Mignolet

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    Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is the latest of his position to be linked with a move to Arsenal according to the Shields Gazette.

    The player has been in fine form for the Black Cats this season despite his club's frustrating start to the campaign.

    At 24 years old, the Belgian international is thought to be a solid long-term prospect for the Gunners' future.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

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    Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal, according to the Mirror.

    His low price tag of £6 million seems to be a little below what he is likely to cost should the Gunners truly go after him, but if he can be brought to London for that price he could be a coup of a January signing.

Afriyie Acquah

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    Ghanaian midfielder Afriyie Acquah of Italian Serie A side Parma has been linked with Arsenal according to The Sun.

    The 20-year-old defensive midfielder has been tipped as the next Michael Essien, and the Gunners are truly in need of a midfield enforcer who could police the holding position and allow the offense more freedom to try and score the much-needed goals for the club.