Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Breaking Down Potential Transfer Targets for January

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31:  Nani of Manchester United celebrates his goal with Anderson (L) during the Capital One Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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At about the halfway point in the English Premier League season, Arsenal could use some help.

The club sits in seventh place in the league table with only 30 total points after 18 games. While it has a very good goal differential of plus-14, it needs more consistency in order to climb up the standings.

One major thing the club can use is a top-level offensive player to replace the departed Robin van Persie. While a few Arsenal forwards have done well, you can never have too much help in this difficult league.

As a result, the club is thinking about a few options for the January transfer window that could improve the team.

According to Sami Mokbel and Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail, Arsenal is strongly considering adding either Nani, Nikica Jelavic or David Villa.

While it is unlikely all three join the Gunners, here is a breakdown of what each could bring to the club.


David Villa, Barcelona

A few years ago, David Villa would be near the top of anyone's list of players to get. Unfortunately, the 31-year-old forward is not the player he once was.

Villa has played very well for the Spanish national team, but he has struggled to get onto the field for Barcelona this season. 

It is unknown whether or not he has the fitness to be the type of player Arsenal needs at this point.

On the other hand, the veteran has a great deal of experience playing at the highest levels of the sport. For a young team, this could be invaluable.

Still, the price tag for the high-profile player will not be enough to justify the move.


Nikica Jelavic, Everton

It took only a few games for Nikica Jelavic to burst onto the EPL scene last season. In 13 games with Everton (10 starts) he was able to score 10 goals.

Although he has slowed down a bit this year, he still has a respectable six goals in 18 starts.

Unfortunately, the forward is a little one-dimensional. It is unknown if he would truly provide any sort of upgrade over Theo Walcott or Olivier Giroud up front.

When making a move at this point of the year, you want a difference-maker. Jelavic might excite fans at first, but he is not someone who can help Arsenal win more games.


Nani, Manchester United

All things considered, Nani is the player that Arsenal should attempt to acquire over the course of the month. 

The 26-year-old midfielder is still in his prime and he is one of the best distributors in the league. Two years ago, he led the EPL with 14 assists. He followed that up with 10 assists a year ago.

More impressively, he also scored 17 league goals over that stretch.

Unfortunately for him, Sir Alex Ferguson has decided to limit his star's use. However, his loss could be Arsenal's gain.

Mokbel and Barlow report that the current price will be £20 million for the Manchester United player. Still, this number could go down based on the will to get rid of him.

In addition, the smoothness of the Van Persie transaction could lead to more of a friendly negotiation this time around.

Nani would immediately improve Arsenal's offense and help the squad move closer to the top of the league table before the season ends.