Breaking Down the Latest Arsenal January Transfer Rumours

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIISeptember 11, 2013

Breaking Down the Latest Arsenal January Transfer Rumours

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    Arsenal may have ended the summer transfer window with a bang, but the January rumours have already sprung up.

    Gunners fans are expecting a good first half to the season, with Olivier Giroud in decent form, and the recent addition of Mesut Ozil.

    The club has been linked with moves for some familiar targets, and one or two new ones.

    We take a look at these rumours, and what the possible additions could mean for the club. 


Arsenal Linked with Barcelona Right-Back Martin Montoya

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    According to the Express, Arsenal and Liverpool could be set to take advantage of Barcelona's contractual wrangles with Martin Montoya.

    The Spanish right-back is being groomed to take over from Dani Alves, but should he be sign for the Gunners they will have two decent, young options for that defensive spot.

    Montoya's agent, Jose Maria Orobitg, told Sky Italia (h/t Express) that anything could happen between now and the end of the season.

    Signing Montoya would give Arsenal plenty of options at the back, with Arsene Wenger positive about Bacary Sagna's ability in central defense.


Gunners May Return for Luis Suarez

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    John Cross of the Mirror writes that Arsenal may again look to sign Luis Suarez in January.

    The Uruguayan forward has yet to turn out for Liverpool this season due to his ban, but was excellent in a recent World Cup qualifier for his nation.

    Liverpool has had a great start without their leading goal-scorer from last season, and it has three wins from three games.

    Should the Reds continue their good form without Suarez, and manage to find a potential replacement, they could be tempted to let him go. 

    Giroud is set to play significant minutes for Arsenal in the forward role, though the addition of Ozil may mean that Lukas Podolski gets more playing time in his favoured position up front.

    However, Wenger seems to prefer the German on the left wing. A forward like Suarez would prove an interesting choice, and could definitely add a new element to Arsenal's attack.


Arsenal Reportedly Plotting German Invasion

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    Numerous sources, including the Metro, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph, report that Arsenal may again turn to Germany for top talent in January.

    The likes of Ilkay Gundogan, Lars Bender and Marco Reus have been mentioned as possible targets for the Gunners. 

    While they are each quality players, and most likely regular starters should they be signed, Arsenal would find it extremely tough to sign any of them mid season. 

    So Wenger may lose interest in midfielders Gundogan and Bender, while Luis Suarez may prove to be Arsenal's primary target in the attacking sense, ahead of Reus.