An almost fully fit Arsenal team crashed out of the Capital One Cup earlier this week against League 2 minnows Bradford, effectively putting the bitter icing on the stale cake that has been the start of Arsenal’s season.
Whilst a place through to the knock out stages of the Champions’ League has been quietly and safely navigated, Arsenal’s hugely underwhelming Premier League form has left many fans screaming for Wenger to again empty his wallet in the upcoming January transfer window. But what positions require the most urgent attention? Here are some ideas.
What? Striker. Who? Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Why?
With Walcott, Chamakh, Arshavin, Gervinho and Rosicky seemingly on their way out of the Emirates, Arsenal will be uncharacteristically low on striking options, especially since Giroud and Podolski are currently quite goal-shy. Huntelaar has a fantastic scoring record for Schalke (42 in 70 games) and it is known that Wenger is an admirer, so expect to see his name heard a lot around North London.
What? Left back. Who? Aly Cissokho. Why?
Let’s face it, ever since Clichy left the club, Arsenal have been very short of talent at this position. Valencia’s Cissokho is a talented footballer who also fulfils the criteria of being both young and French, what more could Wenger possibly want?
What? Goalkeeper. Who? Pepe Reina. Why?
Szczęsny is still young and raw and as such should not be starting for a “top 4” team. Meanwhile it appears Reina’s time at Liverpool is slowly coming to end, so it would be wise to act on this sooner rather than later and bring in a goalkeeper with plenty of Premiership experience.
What? Creative Winger. Who? Wilfred Zaha. Why?
Zaha has been the subject of speculation for some time now, so don’t be surprised to see him in a Gunners shirt soon. His goal scoring record at Crystal Palace isn’t fantastic (11 goal in 100 games) but his speed and flair are attributes Wenger covets, so watch this space.
What? Defensive midfielder. Who? Luis Gustavo. Why?
With Diaby struggling to stay injury-free and Arteta being asked to play in a more creative role, Arsenal are in need of a player who can both protect the back four and retake possession. However, having recently signed a new contract with Bayern Munich he won’t be leaving cheaply, so fans may have to hold their breath on this one knowing Wenger’s transfer policy.