We have the January transfer window coming up in a couple of weeks or so and I’m looking at what Arsenal need to strengthen the team. Defense surely? Arsenal’s worst fears were confirmed on Friday as Rob Holding was ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Considering Holding’s form, it is also a huge blow for Unai Emery who now has only two fully fit specialist centre-backs available in Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopolous.
Even though Laurent Koscienly has come back from injury and can play, the Gunners have been linked with a few defenders both in England & Europe. Nathan Ake (Bournemouth), Eric Bailly (Manchester United), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol) & Manuel Akanji (Borussia Dortmund) are all looked at as possible shoring up for the leaky defense.
What about strikers? With Danny Welbeck out injured and his contract up at the end of the season, it has come out that Arsenal will not be extending his contract and that he will be free to join any club that wants him in July for free. Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele could be heading to Arsenal in the January transfer window. He has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp amid concerns over his attitude and application. And bookmaker Coral have revealed that a flurry of bets has been placed in the last 24 hours on Dembele joining Arsenal. Coral spokesman John Hill told Starsport: “Punters think Unai Emery is going to strengthen his squad further in January with the acquisition of Ousmane Dembele from Barcelona as we have been knocked over with bets on the Frenchman to sign for the Gunners.”