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The Key Positions Arsenal Must Strengthen in January

When Arsenal signed Sead Kolasinac and Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, the Emirates faithful weren’t exactly jumping for joy but neither were they too disappointed. Signing two fairly accomplished players is something of a novel move for the Arsenal and, so far, the two signings have impressive.

Wing-back Kolasinac has been every bit the powerhouse manager Arsene Wenger promised and even proved he’s more than a tough tackling defender. During the great resurgence against Swansea at the end of October, the Bosnian not only scored but played a major part in setting up Aaron Ramsey’s winner. Unfortunately, despite his resilience and skills, Kolasinac isn’t immune to injury and had to be taken off due to a hip problem.

While Kolasinac has built up some sold support from the Arsenal faithful, one club legend has become a fan of Lacazette.

The Frenchman proved he has the skills to cut it at the top level during Arsenal’s 5-2 destruction of Everton and now Ian Wright believes he could bring something special to the side. Praising his pace and ability to strength sides, Wright feels that Lacazette could give Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez the space they need to do their thing. Of course, he’s not the finished article and Wright doesn’t want him to get too involved in link up plays, but he’s certainly a positive addition to the side.

Arsenal Need Some Fresh Blood

Unfortunately, despite the summer signings bringing someone new the mix, Arsenal are way off the pace and a place in the top four is the only realistic goal.

Indeed, when you click here and review the latest Premier League betting odds, the Gunners are 40/1 for the title but hanging on as 15/8 prospects for a finish in the top four.

However, with Liverpool and Chelsea continuing to press and Burnley still pushing hard in seventh after 11 games, there is no way Wenger can rest on his laurels. As ever, the January transfer window will give Arsenal fans some hope, but who should they been hoping to see join the side at the start of 2018?

According To reports by the Daily Star, France’s Fekir is one of Wenger’s main targets to replace Alexis Sanchez who looks likely to leave the club in January (unless he goes in the Summer on a free transfer). Should Fekir not make it to the Emirates, Sergio Aguero could be a great swap for the departing Sanchez. At this stage, it seems like a certainty that Sanchez will join Manchester City, so a swap for Aguero would be a wise move.

Gaps Up Front May Soon Need to be Addressed

Failing this, Andrea Belotti could be worth a punt. Despite interest from Chelsea and United, Wenger was hot on Belotti in the summer and could make another move in January.

The 23-year-old is now battling a knee issue, but his five goals in 10 games for Tornio shows he’s certainly got the ability to score when he’s fit. With that being the case, Arsenal should probably throw its hand into the ring in January. If that deal doesn’t happen, Steven N’Zonzi recently said that he’s not averse to another stint in the Premier League.

After making his debut for France against Wales on November 10, the Sevilla winger is clearly hitting his stride. Indeed, even though he’s approaching his 30th birthday, N’Zoni appears to have found a new lust for the game at Sevilla and that could be something Arsenal could capitalize on. If Ozil does leave the side as some predict, a midfield man like N’Zoni could help. Although his form in La Liga has been solid (but not amazing), he has impressed in the Champions League with a 94.1% pass success percentage. If he returned to the Premier League and could replicate that sort of form, he could prove to be the perfect complement to the likes of Lacazette and Ramsey.

Of course, as we all know, Wenger works in mysterious ways and predicting his next move is almost impossible. However, with options up front looking as though they’re about to take a hit, it could be high team he makes a push for Fekir, Belotti and co in the post-Christmas rush.

Author bio

Daniel Smyth is a sports and betting writer with almost a decade of experience in the industry. As well as poker, Daniel writes content on a variety of sports, including football, boxing and MMA.


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