Monday 19 March 2018

Seven players Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could target in the January window

Chris Smalling of Manchester United
Chris Smalling of Manchester United

Harvey Burgess

Arsenal are challenging for the Premier League title at the top of the table this season and have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The Gunners have lost just one match all season, a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, showing that all is well at the Emirates Stadium.

However, manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly intent on strengthening his forward line, where Olivier Giroud has struggled for game time as second-choice behind Alexis Sanchez.

Meanwhile, summer signing Lucas Perez has looked out of place and is currently out with an ankle injury until mid-December.

Any injury to their starting back four would leave Arsenal short in quality and so a defender could be brought in to provide back-up to Laurent Koscielny and summer signing Shkodran Mustafi, who have formed an extremely impressive partnership in such a short space of time. As ever, Wenger’s side have been linked with a whole of host of young talent who could move to the Emirates to develop under the guidance of the French manager.

Arsenal are known to succumb to injuries in the second half of the season and to fall away from title contention, and so Wenger could be willing to improve his side’s strength in depth to ensure that the Gunners can compete on all fronts until the end of May.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing the Gabonese striker in the summer and may return with an offer to Dortmund at the end of the season. Aubameyang has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 15 goals in 15 games in all competitions.

Paul-Georges Ntep (Rennes)

The left-midfielder’s deal at Rennes expires at the end of the season and so he will be free to sign a pre-contract in January. A strong dribbler of the ball, Ntep has been made two appearances for France.

Reece Oxford (West Ham)

After Oxford became West Ham’s youngest ever player to appear in the Premier League at just 16 years old (his debut came against the Gunners), he immediately attracted interest from some of England’s big clubs, including Arsenal. However he is reportedly set to sign a new five-year deal

Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)

The 21-year-old Uruguayan has already played 21 times for his country and has been touted as a future world-class centre-back. Currently on the books of Atletico Madrid, Gimenez is not a regular and a move in January would surely appeal to him.

Peter Gwargis - Husqvarna

“Who?” you may ask. The Swedish midfielder is just 16 years old and has been compared to current Arsenal attacker Mesut Özil after he started training with the Husqvarna first team in his home country. The Gunners face competition from PSV for his signature according to the player’s representative.

Stefan de Vrij (Lazio)

The Netherlands defender is contracted to Lazio until 2019 but has been linked with a move to Chelsea and Arsenal. De Vrij, who used to play for Feyenoord in his home country, has been in good form this season as Lazio sit fourth in Serie A.

Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

After Jose Mourinho’s strong public criticism of the England defender, other Premier League clubs have been put on alert if Smalling decides he wants to leave the Manchester club.

(© Independent News Service)

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