With January fast approaching, more and more speculation begins to appear regarding January transfers. After a mediocre (at best) start to the season, this January could prove to be make or break for Arsene Wenger.
Over the last few weeks Arsene Wenger has been a man in the spotlight. Many Arsenal fans have questioned his future at the club and appear to be losing their faith and trust in the Frenchman. Due to recent poor performances, including the defeat away to Stoke, fans have started voicing their frustration, through the use of banners, or taunting him face to face in a public train station.
Arsenal have been short of meeting any expectations this season. With the acquisitions of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck, Arsenal were considered to be serious title contenders. However, there season has been ridiculed by injury after injury after injury.
Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscienly are just some of the names that have been noticeable absentees. Koscienly and Aaron Ramsey also both picked up more injury setbacks during the week. Due to the lack of depth that Arsenal have, many have called for Arsene to spend big once again this coming January transfer window.
Wenger has spoken about his side, saying he does not need to buy anyone, as if his squad were fully fit, they would be more than capable of challenging. However, his unwillingness to splash the cash is where the problem has stemmed from, alongside their inability to address key areas during the previous window.
Arsenal currently sit 13 points off leaders Chelsea. I think many have already counted Arsenal out of the tittle race this year, despite it only being December. However, there is a genuine chance that Arsenal might not make the top four at this rate, which could bring an end to the Wenger era. However, I feel that even a top four finish might still see his position come under threat.
If Wenger really wants to keep his job, here are some of the players he should look to bring in over the January transfer window:
Sami Khedira – Real Madrid
Arsenal have struggled in the holding midfielder position this season. Both Flamini and Arteta look past their best and both seem to have lost any pace that they once possessed. It has often led to Arsenal being overrun in that area during games. Khedira is a player that can add to the quality and work rate at Arsenal. The German has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu, so move would appeal to Khedira. However, his wages could be a stumbling block.
Winston Reid – West Ham
With young Callum Chambers rotating between a central defender and wing-back position since his move from Southampton, Arsenal’s defence has been somewhat shaky. They were occasionally left playing Nacho Monreal out of position during the first half of the season. Reid has been a consistent performer for West Ham over the years and it has not gone unnoticed. With Koscienly still not fit, it would add depth in the centre-back position. Although, Hammer’s boss Sam Allerdyce has this week put a £20 million price tag on the Australian defender – a price that Arsene will be reluctant to meet.
William Carvalho – Sporting Lisbon
A similar, but younger option to Sami Khedira. The versatile midfielder has received a lot of praise whilst playing for Sporting Lisbon this season. He would come with a lot of potential and could be used as either a holding midfielder or a central defender. Carvalho has been constantly linked with a move to a host of big clubs around Europe, particularly Arsenal throughout the season.
I believe all three of these players would add quality to the side and much needed depth to the squad. Arsene Wenger has becoming notoriously well known for his reluctance to spend big over the years. However, with the recent purchases of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, things seem to be changing at the Emirates.
Whether Wenger will improve the squad or not during January, we will just have to wait and see.
Who do you think Arsenal should look to sign in January? Leave a comment below.