Arsenal have hit a bad run of form. With two successive defeats and only one win in five, the Gunners may need to do some January shopping if they want to get their title challenge back on track.
Arsenal spent big last summer, dropping more than £200 million on the likes of Declan Rice, Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber, and their impacts have varied.
Rice, in particular, has become the envy of the other Premier League giants with his assured performances in central midfield, but Mikel Arteta wants to bolster his squad after coming so close to dethroning City last season.
FootballTransfers looks at five of the most likely January arrivals at the Emirates…
Arsenal’s attack has not been as free-flowing and exciting as it was last season and the club still lack a bona fide No.9, with Gabriel Jesus not scoring enough goals and Eddie Nketiah arguably a bench or rotation player.
Brentford’s Ivan Toney would fit the bill. The recent England cap hit 20 goals in 33 games last season before being hit with a gambling ban, but will be available again from 17 January. It is understood Chelsea are also tracking the 27-year-old.
Another potential striker alternative is Brazilian wonderkid Marcos Leonardo, who’s availability has increased following Santos’ historic relegation to the second tier in Brazil. That fate wasn’t for the want of Leonardo’s output, the 20-year-old scoring 13 Serie A goals in 2023.
Arsenal will have to move fast, though as Benfica are reported to be in talks for the attacker. Real Madrid also have been linked but sporting director Edu and a Brazilian contingent at the Emirates that includes Gabriels Jesus, Martinelli and Magalhaes are understood to be key to their chances.
Another Brazilian on the Gunners’ radar is Douglas Luiz, who has been shining at the heart of Aston Villa’s midfield. As exclusively reported by FootballTransfers collaborator Steve Kay, Villa would want £110 million for his services.
Such a fee might make a January transfer less likely, but Arsenal are likely to test the water as they look for a defensive midfield partner for Rice, and will wait until the summer if his current employers hold firm.
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Arsenal are also in the market for a right-back with Takehiro Tomiyasu injury probe and Ben White a centre-back by trade, even if he has performed admirably in the position for the last season and a half. Jeremie Frimpong is top of their shortlist according to Kay.
The recent Netherlands cap is currently flying high with Bayer Leverkusen, his four goals and five assists helping them to the top of the Bundesliga, but Die Werkself are a selling club and they would struggle to say no if his €53.4m valuation was met.
Last but by no means least it Dusan Vlahovic, who nearly joined Arsenal in January 2022 before electing to swap Fiorentina for Juventus instead. Another striker, his arrival might prohibit Toney’s if not Leonardo’s.
At 23, Vlahovic fits the age profile of players Arsenal are looking to sign, and the Gunners reportedly believe they could get him for cheaper than the fees required to bring Toney, or Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, to North London.
Juventus are open to a sale at the right price but as they are in a title challenge against Inter in Serie A, they may be more willing to sell at the end of the season.