Arsenal Transfer News: Star Names Who Would Bring Title to Emirates Stadium

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 28, 2013

ELCHE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30:  Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid shoots to score during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on November 30, 2013 in Elche, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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So much to do. So little time.

This is what it must feel like for Premier League managers at the moment as the festive fixtures pile up and the January transfer window opens.

Every team is looking for that added impetus ahead of the season run-in, and Arsenal and Arsene Wenger will be no different.

Bringing in a star name in the mid-season window is always a bit of a gamble. On the one hand, they can provide a massive boost and galvanize a weary squad. But in the same breath, they can sometimes unsettle players, with first-team regulars worried about their position in the XI.

But Arsenal have been linked with some huge names in January and bringing in a player or two of very high calibre would make a Premier League title win that little more realistic.

So what star name January signings could bring the title to the Emirates come May?:


Diego Costa

ELCHE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30:  Diego Costa of Atletico de Madrid celebrates after scoring during the La Liga match between Elche FC and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero on November 30, 2013 in Elche, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos
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According to John Drayton in the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Chelsea are both plotting a January swoop for Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa.

Here is a man who could really improve this Gunners' side. Arsenal have a host of talent who are excellent dribblers, astute passers and wonderful manipulators of the ball. But Costa is a physical, awkward centre-forward who could offer an entirely different threat for opposition defences.

Costa is a pest of a striker. He uses his body to great effect; getting in front of his man, holding the ball up and bringing the likes of David Villa, Arda Turan and Koke into the game in dangerous areas. Just imagine how wonderful a foil he would be for the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

Not only does Costa bring others into play, he has developed a ruthless streak in front of goal. He has netted 19 goals in La Liga already this term and is leading the race for the Pichichi from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal’s striking deficiencies are well documented, and Costa could be the player to lead the line and provide vital support to Olivier Giroud in their title challenge.



GETAFE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 22:  Pedro Rodriguez Ledesma of FC Barcelona celebrates scoring their third goal during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and FC Barcelona at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on December 22, 2013 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroy
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According to Nick Lustig in the Daily Express, both Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring the situation regarding Barcelona forward Pedro after he confirmed he may be open to a January move.

Like the aforementioned Costa, Pedro would be give Arsenal a shiny new string to their attacking bow. Yes, they have players such as Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who are capable wide players, but the Spanish international is in a different bracket.

He is a player comfortable hugging the touchline and taking on his full-back. Plus, he can also drift inside between the lines and offer a major goal threat.

So far this campaign, Pedro has scored 13 goals and bagged five assists in his 16 starts this season, but he has regularly found himself in and out of the team as Tata Martino has sought to rotate his front three.

He is a hugely dynamic player, full of goals, and he would light up the Premier League at Arsenal. If they can pull this one off — unlikely as it might seem — they’d surely be favourites for the Premier League title.


Alexandre Pato

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 07: Alexandre Pato of Brazil celebrates a scored goal against Australia during the International friendly between Brazil and Australia at Mane Garrincha Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Bruno Spada/G
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According to Alex Richards in the Daily Mirror, Corinthians rejected a bid from Arsenal earlier this month for Pato. With this in mind, don’t be surprised to see Arsenal come back to the Brazilian forward again in January.

The former AC Milan striker returned to Brazil in January 2013 but has yet to set the world alight for his new club for Corinthians.

You can see why Wenger would be an admirer of Pato. He is a very technical forward, capable of dropping short or running in behind. His movement is subtle but supremely intelligent and he would thrive on the service provided from the likes of Ozil and Cazorla.

A big name and a big talent. He would surely give Arsenal a massive boost in the quest for Premier League glory.