It's been a terrific season for Arsenal, as they currently stand on top of the Barclays Premier League table through 20 games. But the Gunners aren't satisfied, as they're still trying to add key pieces during the winter transfer window.
With 14 wins, three draws and three losses, it's been an amazing run for the Gunners. Adding Mesut Ozil this season was a big lift, but it's been a team effort to take the top spot in the Premier League.
With the transfer window open, let's take a look at some of the most recent updates surrounding some key targets that Arsenal have reportedly expressed interest in.
Arsene Wenger is looking for a short-term option to help out the Gunners at the striker position. Along with that, Ben Rumsby from the Telegraph reported that Arsenal are only looking for a bargain at the position rather than a long-term and costly investment.
Considering that, it means that it is going to be highly unlikely that Arsenal decides to bring in 30-year-old striker Mirko Vucinic.
According to Ed Maylon from the Mirror, while Arsenal have already met with Juventus to possibly let their striker go, it appears they will only consider transferring him on a permanent deal rather than a loan, with Maylon saying:
But Juventus have told both Arsenal and their North London rivals Spurs that they will NOT loan out the 30-year-old.
A bid in the region of £8million would be needed to convince Juve to sell Vucinic - something they are more open to since their failure to qualify for the Champions League's knockout rounds.
Vucinic is a versatile striker who can come up with some nice spurts. However, he usually struggles with consistency, especially across an entire season. With his career starting to slow down at 30 years old, Vucinic wouldn't be an effective short-term option, especially if Juventus won't give him up on a loan.
An injury to Theo Walcott could hurt the Gunners for the rest of the season. According to ESPN's Paul Carr, Walcott will miss at least six months after rupturing his ACL:
Arsenal announces that Theo Walcott will miss at least 6 months, including the World Cup: http://t.co/TbvfZIwpnl— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) January 6, 2014
With him out, the Gunners are going to have to find some help to replace their star winger, and it looks like they're trying to go for Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic.
Jacob Steinberg from the Guardian had this to say about the potential transfer:
For one, Arsene Wenger has hinted that Arsenal might be in the market for Bayern Munich's Mario Mandzukic, especially now that Theo Walcott is out injured.
However a move for Mandzukic, who will find his options limited now that Bayern have Robert Lewandowski signed, sealed and delivered, may have to wait for the summer.
While he's not the player that Walcott is, Mandzukic could be a solid addition. He's a strong striker with some nice speed, although he's not the most creative or durable player on the field. Still, he has 10 goals in 16 games in the Budesliga, along with 16 goals across all levels of competition this season.
This isn't an ideal situation for Arsenal, but if they can find a way to get Mandzukic in January, they will be in better shape.
Plain and simple, this is the dream signing right now for Arsenal fans.
With Nicklas Bendtner, Olivier Giroud and Walcott all out, the Gunners are in serious need of a star striker.
Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa emerged as a name that Wenger is trying to make a move for. Samuel Stevens from the Independent had this to say about the reported interest:
Despite leading the Premier League table for much of the season, the Gunners now find themselves in serious need of reinforcements after both Nicklas Bendtner and Olivier Giroud succumbed to recent injuries.
With Wenger already forced into admitting that Arsenal were looking for a 'special player' to compliment his dwindling striking options, the Frenchman now appears to be homing in on Costa.
With 19 goals in 18 games during La Liga play, Costa is having a terrific year. The 25-year-old isn't as fast as Walcott, but he's an all-around reliable scorer who would help make an immediate impact on the team.
But the odds of Costa playing for Arsenal don't appear to be high. Francisco Acedo from SkySports.com reported that Atletico Madrid are confident that Costa will stay put. That's still not a guarantee that he will stay put, but it certainly hurts Arsenal's chances.
Overall, this would be a terrific move for Arsenal, but we will just have to wait and see if they can actually make it happen.