Arsenal Transfer News: Moves That Would Bolster Gunners' Attack

Ryan DavenportContributor IJanuary 17, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  Mohamed Diame of West Ham United celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Chelsea at the Boleyn Ground on December 1, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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The 2012-13 Premier League campaign has been a largely disappointing one for Gunners supporters, as Arsenal have fallen into seemingly uncharted territory and sit outside the top-five midway through the January transfer window.

As such, Arsene Wegner is on the hunt for attacking players that have the potential to make an immediate impact with the Gunners, because despite the club's re-signing of star Theo Walcott, there's clearly room for improvement on the offensive side of the pitch.

The Gunners have some solid young playmakers, but don't have the skill to back it up in the middle against the Premier League's finest. So it's no surprise that Wegner has been targeting a pair of talented young midfielders.

According to The Guardian's Paul Doyle, Arsenal is making a serious run at West Ham United's Mohamed Diame, who has blossomed into a strong two-way midfielder this season. 

Arsène Wenger thinks he may just have found someone who can improve Arsenal's squad. It wasn't easy, but after a long and pain-staking exploration of the transfer market and consultation with his vast global network of uncommonly canny scouts, Wenger has unearthed a Senegal international named Mohamed Diamé. Arsenal could now make a multi-million pound bid for the player whom West Ham managed to pick up for free last summer from far-flung Wigan Athletic.

It sounds as if Wegner has a boxer's chance at landing Diame, which would be a nice addition to a midfield that has struggled to provide consistency this season, though the same could be said of the rest of the squad.

While the 25-year-old Diame is a proven commodity, Wegner also has his eye on another midfielder who appears to have the potential to be more of an impact player at the Premier League level.

That would be Younes Belhanda, the Montpellier midfielder who has been linked to Arsenal for a while, but has since garnered interest from other top European clubs, according to Charles Perrin of The Express.

Arsenal had been long-term admirers of the Frenchman, but Spurs appear to be in pole position to capture his signature.
Belhanda had also attracted firm interest from Fenerbahce too, but their offer of £6.5m was way below Montpellier’s valuation of the player.
Spurs are looking to add more flair to their midfield as they chase a Champions League spot come the end of the season.

Belhanda has potenital offensively, as he's already bagged eight goals this season, but that number could be much higher if were to continue to his development n the right system.

As things stand now, the Gunners need to either bring in some top-flight talent, or wait for their moment to recruit a young star, but if they choose to go with the former, either Belhanda or Diame would be a nice start.