A Busy January Transfer Window On The Cards? by AH
Rumours are nothing to go by and Arsenal are linked with what seems to be every single player in the professional game each year, however there are the rumours that stand out and seem to have some truth. These are the rumours that are both realistic targets for Arsenal and the figures such as fees and wages that those players bring with them and in my opinion there have been 4 stand out players that I could genuinely see Arsenal being interested in this January.
The players are;
Klass Jan Huntelaar, a Dutch international striker currently playing for Schalke. Arsenal have seen the best from Huntelaar this season with the 29 year old scoring 2 goals in 2 games against us, in the group stage of this year’s Champions League competition. The striker who previously played for the likes of Real Madrid and AC Milan is out of contract in the summer and he reportedly wishes to leave Schalke. He would be available for a reported £7 million.
Pepe Reina, a slightly more unrealistic target in my opinion, however I wouldn’t completely rule it out with the Arsenal management team reportedly looking to add a goalkeeper to the squad as well as Wenger’s admiration for the Spaniard. The 30 year old would be available for a reported £10 million and its understood Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would be willing to sell if he can find a new goalkeeper himself.
Wilfried Zaha, the crystal palace youngster has been lighting up the Championship recently, gaining interest from many of the top clubs in England including Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City. However Zaha is a known Arsenal fan and so that may be something that turns him Arsenal’s way. At £12 million price tag, he would be costly and in my opinion a big risk, especially with the young players we already have, as well as the wingers we currently hold. I’m not sure on this move as £12 million is a big price to pay for a player we don’t know much about however we did the same thing with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and look how he turned out.
The last player is the return of Thierry Henry, for his 3rd spell at the club. Like last year Henry has been training with Arsenal and he seems to be still as impressive as ever despite now being 35 years old. The possible move would likely be the same as last year, a loan move until the return of the MLS season in February.
So with those players in mind, would you be happy with that as a transfer window for Arsenal? Clearly through those players we would mainly be adding to the attacking side of our game, with 3 of the 4 players playing in attacking positions however it’s important to remember that we will lose Gervinho and Chamakh to the African cup of Nations tournament and so that would leave us with 3 recognised players who could play as a striker, but only Giroud is the real recognised central striker.
Henry would only be a short term loan so it wouldn’t add any real gain apart from the time that we lose Gervinho and Chamakh, whilst Zaha would only play a small role at the club as he is likely to be a bench player. But Huntelaar would certainly push Giroud for that central role and the competition for that one place would certainly improve the pair, as well as hopefully the team overall.
Is this enough for Arsenal to compete in the Premier league, or do we need more, or different, players to make us better?