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Emirates Stadium boss linked with genuine interest in up and coming talents who could be Gunners stars of the future.
Arsenal’s summer transfer window purchases, though not spectacular, were by Gunners standards fairly abnormal in that Arsene Wenger spent decent sums on three established talents by bringing in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla from Koln, Montpellier and Malaga respectively.
However a great deal of the speculation surrounding potential January additions sees Wenger going back to basics, seemingly returning to a tried and tested form of squad building, by targeting young up and coming talent over the more costly pursuit of players who have already made a name for themselves.
Among those strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium are plying their trade in the Championship and that’s a road Wenger has taken with some success in recent seasons.
The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Carl Jenkinson have been brought in from the lower league and have made a real impact in the Arsenal first-team, racking up over 350 appearances for the club combined, despite the fact that the oldest of this quartet is still just 23 years of age.
Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace)
The Daily Mail believe that Arsenal are very keen on signing the Eagles attacker who’s recent form has led to a call-up to the England national team for tomorrow’s friendly with Sweden.
The youngster has been in good form this season and the arrival of Ian Holloway may well convince the Ivory Coast born forward to stick around, especially as the Eagles do sit top of the table and he will know a move to Arsenal may well lead to a spell of warming the bench and waiting for his chance to shine.
Charlie Austin (Burnley)
The Daily Mail, again, believe Arsenal are one of a host of Premier League sides keen on the Clarets goal machine.
Whilst it would be easy to dismiss Arsenal’s interest in Charlie Austin due to the striker having not top tier experience it’s hard to ignore the rate with which the Burnley man is hitting the back of the net.
The 23 year old former Swindon Town forward has scored an astonishing 20 goals in 17 matches this season and has attracted the attention of a number of Premier League sides including Newcastle United and Liverpool, now it’s Arsenal’s turn to take an interest.
Arsene Wenger could well do with attacking reinforcements as currently he relies solely on Olivier Giroud to lead the line as he appears to prefer using the likes of Gervinho and Lukas Podolski in wide roles.