Seven names to watch during Arsenal’s January window

Written by Edward Pitt

December 9, 2020

Arsenal’s poor form this season has left fans waiting desperately for what needs to be a season changing January transfer window. With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the biggest transfer rumours and players linked with a winter move.

Dominik Szoboszlai – Of all the potential transfer rumours floating around Arsenal right now, this one appears the most likely to actually transpire. It’s basically been confirmed that he will leave RB Salzburg in January, the question is where will he end up. There are a number of teams allegedly hoping to activate his £25 million release clause, including AC Milan and Bayern Munich. Hopefully, Arteta and Edu can convince him that Arsenal is the project for him. Rumour has it this decision will be made in the next couple of weeks.

Houssem Aouar – Arteta maintains a huge interest in this talent, however Aouar maintains that he is happy at Lyon. I would imagine that Arteta will at least try and return for his main man, but to me it is clear that Aouar will not be forcing his way out. Arsenal will have to meet the valuation that Lyon set in the summer; around £54 million.

Emiliano Buendia – This is a signing that would be apparently very popular among Arsenal fans. He would provide a Premier League-proven creative ability. He was behind only De Bruyne, Grealish and Alexander-Arnold last season in terms of chances created, in an otherwise uninspiring Norwich side. He has a market value of just £11.7 million, with Norwich reportedly looking for something around the £25 million mark. Therefore, he would be a cheaper alternative to Aouar, whilst being similar in profile and age – with the added bonus of Premier League experience.

Christian Eriksen – A slightly more unusual rumour has linked us with a move for former Spurs star, Christian Eriksen. He has only been gone from the Premier League for a year, but Conte has apparently lost patience with him. He is apparently available for just £12 million. Whilst I don’t know if he is the long-term fix, nor do I know how much I believe the rumour, if he really is available for about as much as we could sell Sead Kolasinac for, surely, it’s worth a punt.

Ibrahima Konate – Whilst a couple of creative midfielders should obviously be the top priority, a move for a top-class partner for Gabriel should certainly be in Arsenal’s plans. Konate would fit this criteria perfectly, and would apparently be available for £40 million. For a while, we were linked with his partner in crime, Upamecano, but it appears that rumour has run cold. However, I have always thought Konate is slightly more dependable defensively, and Upamecano’s hype is more to do with his on-the-ball ability. I don’t care when we get this deal done, but I’d be happy to see us chase him down in the summer if the funds were fairly limited in January.

Christopher Nkunku – Arsenal were linked to this man when he was still warming the PSG bench. At the time, I hadn’t seen enough of him to know if he were good enough for us. However, he has been thriving at Leipzig and put in a great shift against Manchester United the other day. He would apparently be available for £36 million, but it appears we may be in a bit of a triangle with Lyon. Lyon reportedly want to replace Aouar with Nkunku, a move that would surely let Arsenal swoop for their main man.

Isco – The Spaniard was transfer-listed by Real Madrid recently, but there has been little development of the rumours linking him with Arsenal ever since. I also feel that at his age, and the fact that he has been content with warming Madrid’s bench for the last couple of years, prove to me that perhaps he doesn’t have the hunger to take the Premier League by storm.

Arsenal fans have been promised a “special” January; now Arteta, Edu and the Kroenke family need to deliver this. Arteta has the full backing of the board, now they need to go out and show it. The money is there; they are one of the richest owners in the league. We should be offering Szoboszlai anything it takes to sign him, and pairing him up with another midfielder; one more used to sitting slightly deeper and keeping the midfield ticking. For me, this is between Aouar, Buendia and Nkunku, in that order of preference. Once that midfield crisis is dealt with, Arsenal can then move onto reinforcing their backline with someone like Konate, ready for a summer where we can get some final pieces of the jigsaw signed as early as possible, to be ready for a campaign to get us back in the Champions League in the 2021/22 season. If these rumours that the Kroenke’s are ready to back Arteta are serious, this is the kind of thing we as Arsenal fans deserve to see!

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