Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz About David Villa, Frank Lampard and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 06:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks thoughtful prior to the FA Cup with Budweiser Third Round match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Arsenal have been linked to several high-profile players since the January transfer window opened, but so far it's been more hype than action. While that's not surprising given the number of rumors that make the rounds, the lack of progress on any front is notable.

The Gunners, who currently sit in sixth place in the Premier League, could definitely use some reinforcements if they plan on continuing to push toward a Champions League spot. They still have three weeks to make something happen.

Let's take a glance at some of the latest transfer news involving Arsenal. It still doesn't appear like any marquee moves are imminent.


David Villa

Finding another striker to help bolster the attack should be near the top of Arsenal's to-do list. While the offense has been explosive at times, including 13 goals in three matches in late December, consistency continues to be an issue.

Villa was one name that was repeatedly brought up once the window opened. But Alex Hankin of the Daily Mirror reports the Barcelona star isn't going anywhere despite the rumors, leaving the Gunners with one less option.

Even though landing the Spain international was always a long shot for Arsenal, it was an intriguing possibility. He would have been a great fit. Now the Gunners will be forced to explore other options if they want to deepen their attack.


Frank Lampard

Lampard continues to be one of the most discussed players on the market. The Chelsea legend's contract is up after the season and the Blues haven't shown any interest in re-signing him, which has led to clubs paying close attention to his status.

Wayne Veysey of reports Everton have already tried to make a preemptive strike to land the midfielder in summer, but were turned away. Manchester United, Tottenham and the Gunners are also rumored to have interest.

It's somewhat surprising that Chelsea haven't shown at least some willingness to make a deal. After all, Lampard has shown throughout the campaign that he's still got some productive years left. Arsene Wenger would be wise to make a strong push to land him.


Adam Szalai

A more recent addition to the rumor mill, Szalai has emerged has another striker who could interest Arsenal. The Hungarian star, who plays for Bundesliga side Mainz, is enjoying a breakout season, which has attracted interest around Europe.

No clubs have officially contacted Mainz about a potential transfer, according to Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN. He reports Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund are among the other teams linked to Szalai, who's under contract for a few more seasons.

Normally, Szalai would be the type of under-the-radar target who would really pay off for Arsenal. But the lack of striker depth available has lead clubs like Dortmund to show interest, which would boost the cost. The Gunners should continue to track him, but can't afford to overpay.