Arsenal are reportedly targeting creative reinforcements in the January Transfer Window as they seek to continue their climb up the Premier League table.
Three wins on the bounce and the Gunners are now suddenly back in reach of the European places as we approach the halfway point in the season.
In November, the club’s technical director Edu admitted the club are lacking an attacking player ‘with creativity’, an indication of where the club’s priorities could lie this month.
The club remain strongly linked with Emiliano Buendia (11/8 to join Arsenal before February 2). The Norwich midfielder is reportedly Arsenal’s No1 target but financial restrictions could see the club pursue loan options.
The Gunners are being credited with an interest in Spain international Isco, who has been limited to just three starting appearances in the league for Real Madrid this term. Reports claim the Gunners are keen on a loan deal for the 28-year-old with Sky Bet pricing a move to the Emirates this month at 4/1.
Reports in Spain suggest Isco’s preference is to remain in Spain, however, with Sevilla second favourites to sign him at 3/1.
Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt is another name to be linked with Sky Bet pricing a January move for the German at – either on loan or a permanent deal – at 5/2 with arch-rivals Tottenham an outside bet at 20/1.
Another more attainable option perhaps could be Christian Eriksen who has been made surplus to requirements at Inter Milan. The Dane is priced at 6/1 to join the Gunners but it remains to be seen whether he would risk the wrath of former side Tottenham.
Wilfried Zaha remains linked with a move across the capital after Arsenal’s pursuit of the Crystal Palace star 18 months ago. Everton however are the current favourites to sign the forward at 6/1 – a move to the Emirates is currently available at 10/1.
Trimming a bloated squad will be the priority this month, however. Mikel Arteta said last week: “There are some players who will go on loan or leave and that is the priority at the moment.
“We cannot sustain the numbers that we have in certain positions and we are looking to do that, and then we will see if we have the right opportunity in the positions where we need some more help.”
Two names Arteta is perhaps most keen to offload are Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi with a move to Turkey a strong option for the former. Latest reports from DHA claim the playmaker has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with Fenerbahce – odds on that particular move are now at 1/10.
Mustafi meanwhile has been linked with a shock move to Barcelona by sections of the Spanish press – such a move is available at 5/4 with a return to former club Valencia 3/1.
And while he may have played himself back into form in recent weeks, Granit Xhaka is priced at 3/1 to join Inter Milan this month.
Arsenal to sign before February 2 odds (via Sky Bet):
- Emi Buendia: 11/8
- Julian Brandt: 5/2
- Isco: 4/1
- Christian Eriksen: 6/1
- Wilfried Zaha: 10/1
- Max Aarons: 16/1
- Marko Arnautovic: 33/1
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