Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Buzz Surrounding Gunners' January Window Plans

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 3, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal makes his point during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on December 29, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Things can change drastically from one transfer window to another. Arsenal are quite aware of that.

The Gunners were pegged to be among the biggest spenders before the Premier League season in the summer transfer window, as they looked to bolster a roster with plenty of question marks. Arsene Wenger's promises to spend big didn't come full circle until he pulled a Mesut Ozil deal out of thin air in the final days of the window.

In surprising fashion, Arsenal have been a force since the start of the league season, entering 2014 on top of the table. The previously questionable squad is now filled with depth from top to bottom, but that doesn't mean the Gunners are done being buyers to further bolster their bench as they eye a Premier League title. 

Let's take a look at all of the latest information regarding the Gunners' January transfer ambitions.


Wenger 'On Alert' for Moves, But Confident in Current Squad 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Arsenal at Boleyn Ground on December 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
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Heading into the January window for Arsenal, much of the talk has centered around finding another scorer to help the depth up top as the Gunners eye keeping pace at the top of the table.

Just before the New Year, Wenger told media that he would be "on alert" for transfer moves to make during January, per the club's official site. But regardless of whether a move is made or not, he'll be confident of his club's chances of winning the EPL title.

We are like many clubs: certainly on alert if something special turns up and we will not turn it down, but we are not desperate because we have a big depth in our squad.

We have shown that because our midfield for example at West Ham and at Newcastle was completely different. We changed three players and we still managed to have a very strong team.

Wenger has a point—his Gunners have shown no signs of slowing down in the midst of shuffling pieces around all over the midfield. 

Sure, Arsenal fans will sleep better at night knowing there's another option not named Olivier Giroud or Nicklas Bendtner. But there should be no doubting the fact that this team is among the favorites to hoist the Premier League title championship trophy at the end of the season, even if a move isn't made. 


Berbatov Emirates-Bound?

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Sandro of Tottenham Hotspur battles with Dimitar Berbatov of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Tottenham Hotspur at Craven Cottage on December 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gil
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Arsenal are eyeing a move for Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov in the upcoming January window as the Gunners try to bolster their depth of strikers.

Mirror's Sam Adams reported the news, saying that the transfer with their fellow Premier League counterparts would cost Arsenal £2 million.

The Gunners' issues up top were glaring entering the season, as the uncertainty grew of whether Olivier Giroud could be the answer at striker. He answered them in convincing fashion, scoring eight goals in five assists in his first 18 appearances while proving to be consistent and deadly.

However, with Wenger eyeing more rest for Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner facing weeks before a return after a New Year's Day injury, according to Mirror's John Cross, Arsenal could find themselves in need of some short-term help if they want to make a run at the title. 

Berbatov is no stranger to the big stage, as the 32-year-old has enjoyed long tenures with Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham and Manchester United. In his prime, he could be seen starting for United for many years alongside Wayne Rooney as they wreaked havoc on the Premier League.

He's remained a formidable striker despite playing for Fulham, where he's not surrounded by much, and getting him for such a low price tag could be quite the steal for Arsenal—even if he only impacts a couple of matches during this important title run. 

Plus, Arsenal can get quite the price for Berbatov's services, as Fulham are looking to cash in on him to get any sort of value. His contract with the club expires in six months. 


More Interest in Chicharito?

NORWICH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28:  Martin Olsson of Norwich City tangles with Javier Hernandez of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and  Manchester United at Carrow Road on December 28, 2013 in Norwich, England.
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For the second time in three months, budding Manchester United star forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez is being mentioned with Arsenal for a January transfer move.

Metro's Dave Filmer reported on Jan. 2 that the Gunners are again being linked to the Mexican goalscorer, and the asking price would be in the range of £15 million. 

Of course, this is just the continuance of a story that began long ago. Daily Mail's Sami Mokbel reported on Nov. 7 that "the Gunners have discussed a shock move for the Mexican, as fears grow over Olivier Giroud's workload."

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United in action during the Capital One Cup Third Round match betwen Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on September 25, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney
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He also listed Chicharito as a preferred second option to Luis Suarez, who has now signed a massive extension at Liverpool and looks to be out of the picture (for now). 

Hernandez has been tussling for playing time unsuccessfully in the 2013-14 season, and a change of scenery may be preferred, but it's unclear to what degree that would change with the Gunners. Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott are finally healthy, and Arsenal still have options like Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta that would dip into Chicharito's playing time. 

Look for the Gunners to continue tracking the fitness of those players before feeling comfortable shelling out £15 million on Hernandez. 


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