Arsenal’s top FIVE January transfer targets

January Transfer Targets for Arsene to consider

Arsene Wenger and the transfer market is a topic upon which virtually every football fan in the UK has a detailed and strongly held opinion. You don’t even have to support Arsenal to care either, since the fascination of the situation rests upon what are either Wenger’s principles (‘I’ll only sign fresh raw talent and mould it to play the Arsenal way’) or his stubbornness (‘Sign a proven striker? Where’s the challenge in that?’). It’s an opinion which is divided even amongst Gunners fans themselves, with some trusting Arsene to go out and unearth the next Thierry Henry we haven’t heard of yet, whilst others are still scanning the horizon hopefully, looking for a sign of that private jet carrying Karim Benzema.

For a while, it seemed as if Wenger was finally casting aside his straightjacket of parsimony, when he splashed out a combined £70million or so in successive seasons, signing creative midfielder Mesut Ozil and the attack minded Alexis Sanchez. That was followed, however, by the summer 2015 transfer window, during which Arsenal were the only team in the top 5 European leagues not to sign an outfield player. As the January window approaches, Arsenal fans aren’t, for once, howling for some of the alleged £200m transfer pot to be spent on someone who can salvage their season. Rather, they’re hoping for a signing or two that can add the finishing touches to a squad who are increasingly being regarded as genuine contenders for the title. These are five of my most likely names being mentioned….

Alexandre Lacazette – the reliance on Olivier Giroud as their main striker, and the fact that Theo Walcott has yet to fully convince as his deputy, means that Arsenal find themselves linked to strikers more than any other players. Lacazette is a case in point, having scored 27 goals for Ligue 1 side Lyon last season. He signed a new contract for them in the summer, but things have since taken a turn for the worse, with a public spat over the handling of his contract negotiations, a meagre return of one goal in eight games and jeering from his own supporters. All of which adds up to a player who may be open to a move to the premiership.

Daniele Rugani – the acquisition of Peter Cech has undoubtedly strengthened the Arsenal defence, but since it’s impossible to be too strong at the back, a move for Juventus’ Daniele Rugani can’t be ruled out. After two seasons impressing as part of a co-ownership deal with Italian club Empoli, the central defender was signed outright by Juventus, although he has yet to start a match this season. Juventus would be reluctant to sell but the International Under-21 star might be keen to secure regular first team football, with the rumoured fee being something in the region of £13m.

Sebastien Haller – admit it, you’ve never heard of him. That just might be one of the factors which make him the perfect Wenger signing. The 21 year old French striker emerged through the ranks at Auxerre, the same academy which produced Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby and Yaya Sanogo. In physical terms he’s built as though made for the demands of the Premier League and his first season at FC Utrecht resulted in 11 goals in 17 games. Taken as a whole, the Eredivisie youngster might well represent the archetypal Wenger signing – one for the future, and not just the second half of this season.

Jese Rodriguez – the 22 year old Real Madrid striker is rumoured to be available for a fee in the region of £21.1m, and may well be open to a move. That’s because, at Madrid, he’s currently fourth in line behind Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, presumably asking himself the questions; which one is likely to hit a dip in form first, and how bad would it have to be for me to replace them? His hopes of making the Spain squad for 2016 Euro’s will rest upon securing regular first team football, and Arsenal currently look far more likely to offer that than Real.

Gonzalo Higuain – Arsenal seemed set to sign the 27 year old Argentinean striker in the summer of 2013, before Napoli swooped in with a big money offer. The stars may have since aligned in Arsenal’s favour, however. Napoli didn’t manage to reach the Champions League last season and manager Rafa Benitez exited for the Bernabeu, doubtless leaving Higuain wondering exactly where his club career is going.


The Serie A star Arsenal will sign in January transfer window

It is being reported that Arsenal are planning to surprise us all and actually sign an outfield player this season. After being the only club from the top division of the five best leagues in Europe, perhaps Arsene Wenger has realised that his belief in the current Gunners squad may have been just a little too strong.

And with Arsenal having let in five goals in our last three games, it is hardly surprising to see The Independent reporting that the manager is looking to sign a defender in the January transfer window.

The player in question is Daniele Rugani, a 21-year old centre back for Juventus and the Italy under 21 international side. He has not played for the Serie A champions yet this season after spending two very impressive seasons on loan at Empoli and so the Gunners are hoping that a transfer bid of around £13 million should be able to get him to north London.

So is this transfer rumour a reason for the current Arsenal centre backs to worry about their places in the team?

Arsenal turn to Italy for defensive transfer

Arsenal fans are still eagerly waiting to see in which positions in the Arsenal squad, if any, are going to be boosted by a signing or two in the summer transfer window. Many of us want a new centre forward but there are still plenty that feel are sorted when it comes to creating and scoring goals and that it is the other end of the pitch that needs help.

The manager clearly agreed or he would not have signed Petr Cech from Chelsea and while Wenger has suggested that the 33-year old’s experience and organisational skills will help the Arsenal defenders, we have still got room to bring in a new player or two.

If Wenger does do this, it looks like the transfer could be coming from Italy’s Serie A with reports of two different defenders being targeted. One is the 20-year old centre back Alessio Romagnoli and Metro has reported that we have already made contact with his current club Roma.

The other is Daniele Rugani who is also 20-years old. Rugani is highly rated but at Juventus is struggling to get a game with Chiellini, Bonucci and others ahead of him. But would he have more chances at Arsenal and do we really want an inexperienced young defender to boost our back line?