Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Potential January Transfer Targets
Arsenal signed five new players during the most recent transfer window, but the Gunners might not be done buying.
This past weekend's 4-3 loss at Blackburn showed that Arsene Wenger's squad still needs strengthening, especially at the back.
Between now and the January transfer window, the Gunners figure to be scouting several players across Europe.
They'll also be boosted by the returns of central defender Thomas Vermaelen and midfielder Jack Wilshere from injuries.
But as the Blackburn match showed, Wenger will want to add cover for the matches in which his top players are out.
English international Gary Cahill is one defender Arsenal reportedly pursued during the August transfer window.
That report said Cahill's contract with Bolton includes a £17 million buyout figure, which is much more than Arsenal offered.
The deal didn't happen in August, but if Arsenal raises its offer, it might be able to sign Cahill in January.
Another defensive potential option for Arsenal's defense was on display Saturday—for the other team.
Blackburn leaked three goals, but defender Chris Samba again played well for the Rovers.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was reportedly interested in signing Samba in August, even after it became apparent that Per Mertesacker was headed to London.
The deal didn't happen, but Samba showed Saturday that his physical style could help Arsenal with its set-piece woes—if the price is right.
Arsenal was linked to French midfielder Marvin Martin at the end of the most recent transfer window.
Since then, though, he has signed a new deal to keep him under contract at Sochaux until 2015. But that doesn't mean it's over for Arsenal. Here's what Martin said about his new contract.
"We had good a talk and we found an agreement. The officials made a promise. Indeed, an agreement to let me leave. I will remain at Sochaux until the end of the season."
Meanwhile, the club said this:
''Sochaux would like to use this opportunity to thank Marvin Martin for his professionalism and positive attitude. His debut in France's national team has made him a successful ambassador of this club and their training centre."
In other words, while a move in January is unlikely, it sounds like Martin might be available next summer for the right amount of money. And with that new contract, that amount will likely be higher than before.
So who is Marvin Martin? No, not this guy.
Martin broke into Sochaux's first team in 2008 at the age of 20. He's developed into the team's playmaker since then, scoring seven Ligue 1 goals in 104 appearances.
He represented France 10 times at the U-21 level, scoring once, and made a splash in his full international debut this past June.
He scored twice in France's 4-1 international friendly win over Ukraine, joining Zinedine Zidane as one of only four French players to score twice on his debut.
Here's a video compilation of his highlights.
And here's a video of his work from that Ukraine match.
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