Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed he may make two "quality" signings during the January transfer window.
Wenger commented on his intentions for the month ahead, but he played his cards close to his chest regarding the identity of potential arrivals, per Simon Rice of the Independent:
I don’t give much away because I don’t know [what’s happening with transfers].
I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days.
It’s more about quality than quantity because our players will not stay out injured forever. Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now so, hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum.
Rice reported the Gunners are "on the verge of completing a deal" for Mohamed Elneny, with a £7.3 million transfer in the pipeline for the Basel midfielder. The Egyptian is awaiting international clearance after completing his medical.
Wenger is thought to be keen on adding Paris Saint-Germain's Adrien Rabiot to his options in January after the midfielder alluded he is willing to depart the Ligue 1 champions, according to the Telegraph.
The cultured French prodigy could be available for £15 million after losing his place to Italian international Marco Verratti in PSG's starting XI.
Here is a video of Rabiot in action for his club:
However, Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur will rival Wenger for the player if he comes onto the market, per the Telegraph. Southampton's Victor Wanyama has also been linked with a winter move to the Emirates Stadium, but pundit Glenn Hoddle remained unconvinced about a potential switch, speaking on BT Sport (h/t the Telegraph):
I know Arsene Wenger; he wants a defensive minded player.
He played with two in Monaco when I played with him but they have to play and see a quick picture and that makes it harder to get that type of player.
I’m not sure that Wanyama sees that quick enough for Arsene.
A slim 1-0 win at home to Newcastle United kept Arsenal at the top of the Premier League standings as the race moved into January, but the leaders' form has been punctured by a 4-0 thrashing against Southampton.
The Gunners did just enough to claim the points against the lowly Magpies at the Emirates, but the display was far from convincing. However, the victory keeps the team at the top of the Premier League form guide, with five wins from their previous six.
Arsenal are presented with a rare opportunity to win the league this year, with Manchester City their primary contenders for the trophy.
Will Arsenal win the league without January additions?
Two midfield signings would strengthen one of Arsenal's weakest positions on the pitch, as their team of attacking wizards allow space to opponents on the counterattack.
If Wenger can tempt Rabiot to join his north London side in the weeks ahead, it could be the signing that sees Arsenal cross the finish line as champions at the end of the campaign.
The French player has all the attributes needed to be a consistent starter for the leaders, and he would add the class needed ahead of the defence—moving the ball back to front—allowing Mesut Ozil to do the damage on the front foot.