With the January transfer window just days away, Arsenal already know what they want to get done next month in order to help them win their first league title in 20 years. However any signing must fit within the club’s financial limits.
The Gunners currently sit fourth in the Premier League after a disappointing defeat to West Ham United last time out. Mikel Arteta’s side had over 30 shots, compared to West Ham’s six, however it was the Hammers who came away from the Emirates Stadium with all three points.
The game displayed Arsenal’s weaknesses so far this season, which is failing to be clinical up top while lapses in concentration at the back keep on costing the them goals. There’s no denying Mikel Arteta currently has a lack of depth in defence, however it’s up front where he’s desperate to improve in January.
In an ideal world Mikel Arteta would want to sign both a defender and an attacker in January, however due to FFP that is very unlikely to happen. Arsenal must prioritise and with Takehiro Tomiyasu now back from injury and Jurrien Timber getting ever closer to a return, it seems a new striker is at the top of the club’s to-do list when the transfer window opens in two days time.
Brentford striker, Ivan Toney is Mikel Arteta’s number one attacking target, however Arsenal will have to be clever in the way they structure the deal if they want to get it done in January. It will likely have to be a similar deal to the one we saw the club negotiate for David Raya in the summer – loan with obligation to buy come the end of the season.
Arsenal are expected to approach Brentford soon regarding a deal for their star striker. However the Gunners certainly won’t pay the £100million asking price being floated about in the media. Arsenal will have their maximum valuation and they won’t go above that, as we’ve seen with previous deals over the last year – Mykhailo Mudryk being one example.
Ivan Toney’s stance could play a big part in the move happening next month. Brentford will not want to sell their main man midway through the season, but if the player pushes to leave then that could work in Arsenal’s favour. It’s worth noting the two clubs do already have a good working relationship.
What also could work in the Gunners’ favour is Brentford’s interest in Eddie Nketiah. Arsenal have already rejected an approach from Crystal Palace this week for the England striker, however if it’s the difference in getting a deal for Ivan Toney over the line, then the club could change their stance later in the window.
In other news, the club could also look at selling a few first-team players to help generate cash for a new marquee signing. Reiss Nelson, Jakub Kiwior, Thomas Partey as well as Eddie Nketiah are all attracting interest ahead of the January transfer window.
There’s no doubt Arsenal will be busy in January as Mikel Arteta is desperate to improve his options in order to give his side the best chance of winning the Premier League title this season.