Arsene Wenger has suggested that he will be allowed to spend some money in January, which is great news for Arsenal fans, as long as we get the right players. There are a number of positions that need strengthening and the number seems to be growing every week at the minute, but that is because the team as a whole is struggling. A defensive midfielder who can play seems the first choice because we cannot rely on Diaby being fit. The Frenchman is brilliant but he is no use to us in the treatment room, and it looks like we might have to accept that he will never be right.
The second priority for me is in attack. Gervinho started the season well in his role as striker, but has been poor since returning from injury. He will also be going to the AFCON in January. Chamakh is reported to be leaving in January, which leaves us with Giroud, Podolski and Walcott. Arsenal definitely need another forward or two to help these three and allow Wenger to rotate. It looks like Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will be heading our way, but that might not be until the summer.
Adrian Lopez from Athletico Madrid plays as a support striker and winger, similar to Walcott’s role. He is fast, skilful, available and cheap. Athletico have money problems but are sitting second in the Spanish league and should easily qualify for the Champions league next season, as long as they can hold on to Falcao. In order to do that, they need to raise money somewhere else, and Adrian is the man who will go.
Wenger spoke last week about how many good players there are in Spain and the financial situation there means bargains can be found. We should be able to get Adrian for less than £10 million and he will be an excellent addition. At 24-years old, the versatile Spaniard is just the sort of player that Wenger likes. He can play on the right and allow Walcott to play in the middle or, God forbid, replace Theo if he moves on.