With the January transfer window in less than a week, Arsenal are gearing up to strengthen the squad as the team keeps pushing for the Premier League title this season. Despite a commendable start, falling short last season left them determined to fortify their roster for a renewed title push.
The North Londoners’ January arrivals last year – Leandro Trossard, Jakub Kiwior, and Jorginho – though not decisive in clinching the title, contributed significantly during the latter part of the campaign.
Currently leading the Premier League standings with 40 points from 18 matches, Mikel Arteta’s team remains a contender for the title. Looking ahead, Arsenal are expected to make strategic signings to bolster the squad dynamics and reinforce areas where improvement is needed.
The January transfer window is not just about arrivals; there’s also a likelihood of departures as players seek more game time or to address financial regulations.
Potential Incoming Signings:
1. Ivan Toney
The striking department is a focal point for reinforcement. English striker Ivan Toney, currently serving a betting ban, is a target for Arsenal. His availability in the second half of the season has sparked interest from multiple clubs. Although Brentford are expected to demand a fee close to £100million, many have tipped the Gunners to make a move for the forward who is considered one of the best centre forwards in the Premier League.
2. Douglas Luiz
Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, having impressed this season, could be on Arsenal’s radar as they seek to reinforce their midfield. With injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny not being preferred by Arteta, the Brazilian is once again back on the club’s radar, after two separate bids were rejected in January.
3. Martin Zubimendi
Real Sociedad’s midfielder Martin Zubimendi, with a reported release clause of €60 million (£52million), could potentially enhance Arsenal’s midfield options. However, convincing him to leave Anoeta might pose a challenge.
4. Santiago Gimenez
Another striking option being considered is Feyenoord’s Santiago Gimenez. His prolific goal-scoring form, with 13 goals in 12 games, has made him a sought-after asset in Europe.
5. Dusan Vlahovic
Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic is a long term target for Arsenal. The club’s interest in the Serbian striker dates back to 2022, although his potential departure from Juventus was previously impeded.
Potential Outgoing Players:
1. Aaron Ramsdale
Despite a strong performance record, Aaron Ramsdale’s future at Arsenal seems uncertain. The England international have lost his place in the team following the arrival of David Raya from Brentford in the summer and has raised questions about Ramsdale’s role, potentially leading to an exit. Another factor that could facilitate a move for Ramsdale is his desire to play for England in the European Championships in the summer, but with him warming the bench at the Emirates, the chances of flying with the Three Lions are looking very slim.
2. Thomas Partey
With limited appearances this season, Thomas Partey might be considered for a sale to generate funds for squad enhancement. His injury record since moving to England is becoming a problem for the club, although the arrival of Declan Rice has cushion the effect of his injuries.
3. Kieran Tierney
Kieran Tierney’s loan spell at Real Sociedad, albeit marred by injury, has drawn attention. A potential return to Celtic, his former club, could be on the cards.
Jorginho was brought in to provide cover in midfield and provide leadership in the team. No one could argue that the former Chelsea man is very well respected in the dressing room, but his desire to one day return to Italy could spark a move in January. Another player who is keeping an eye on the Euros this summer. There are also reported interest from Turkish side Fenerbahçe.
5. Cedric Soares
Cedric Soares’ reduced role within Arsenal has prompted discussions about his potential departure, with Villarreal expressing interest in acquiring the Portuguese right-back’s services.