Arsenal Transfers: 5 Midfielders Arsene Wenger Should Target
The loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri has hit Arsenal hard so far this season, and despite bringing in a couple of last minute replacements it is becoming apparent that if Arsene Wenger is serious about keeping Arsenal in the Champions League he is going to need to bring in some new faces.
Midfield an important part of any team, and an area Arsenal should be looking to replace the talent they have let go, here's a look at five men Wenger should be targeting in January.
5. Yoann Gourcuff
Yoann Gourcuff is one of the most highly rated midfielder players in Europe at the minute, and has been linked with a move to Arsenal in the past. The big problem he has had with a move away from France is that he has tried it once before, enduring a poor spell at AC Milan before returning.
Whilst for many club's that would be a stumbling block, Arsene Wenger should be able to weave his French magic and temp the player to Arsenal, a team that has had a consistently French flavour since Wenger took over.
Potentially a brilliant replacement for Fabregas, Gourcuff would come in and replace Mikel Arteta and play alongside Alexandre Song, bringing back the creative force into Arsenal's central midfield role.
4. Marek Hamsik
Napoli star Marek Hamsik does not have long left on his contract in Serie A, and could well be on the move in the summer. A player as highly rated as the Serbian will almost certainly attract a lot of attention.
Arsene Wenger should consider making an early move for the goal scoring midfielder. His price might be a little higher, but it could be the difference between signing for Arsenal or another European giant.
The midfielder could bring in a little bit of extra flair and goalscoring ability, and fill the gap left by Cesc Fabregas. Wenger, you should be targeting this man.
3. Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is quickly becoming one of the most talked about players in Europe after a string of impressive displays for Ajax and Denmark.
The 19-year-old midfielder will be hot property over the next year or so, as the big guns of Europe look to prize him away from Ajax.
With Arsene Wenger's proven record with youngsters, especially with developing world class midfielder maestros Fabregas, Eriksen will almost certainly be keen for a move to the Emirates.
A move in January could see Arsenal get in ahead of the crowd, especially as he is cup-tied for European competition, and as such he should be a player Wenger targets.
2. Flourent Malouda
Florent Malouda could be the man to give Arsenal a boost in the second half of the season, bringing with him proven Premier League quality and goals from midfield, not to mention the assists.
Malouda could be the ideal replacement for Samir Nasri, bring pace and skill to the flanks, and providing plenty of opportunity for Van Persie and Gervinho.
He won't come particularly cheap, but with the move being only a few miles across London, and Wenger being a Frenchman, the move is something Malouda might find hard to resist.
1. Adam Johnson
Manchester City bench warmer Adam Johnson is one of England's finest wingers. But thanks to Samir Nasri and David Silva, he can't get a game for Manchester City.
With Arsenal no longer a threat to title chasers, picking up a player like Johnson on a loan deal could be a real possibility.
Arsene Wenger will be more than aware that the European Championships are coming up, setting aside valuable time to write his famous bi-yearly rant about how players are not given enough time to rest. He will be even more aware that Johnson will be looking to earn a place in the England team for the tournament.
Sitting on the bench is not likely to earn him that place, but a few months at Arsenal helping them climb the table and take valuable points from City's title rivals could be a great option for all those involved.
Wenger should see this as an opportunity to bring in some pace and creative talent, even if it is just on loan.