A look at who could be on their way out and who could be brought in at Arsenal this January.
Although Arsenal pulled off one of the signings of the summer with their surprise deadline day purchase of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, it is widely acknowledged that the Gunners could have done with a bit more strengthening in other key areas of the pitch. Arsene Wenger’s side have started the season in tremendous form and currently top the Premier League table, but look a little short of depth particularly at the back and up top, with little in terms of backup players for centre-backs Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and main striker Olivier Giroud. We look at some of the business Wenger could do this January to strengthen his squad further and ensure they remain on course to end their long wait for silverware.
Out: Thomas Vermaelen
Although Thomas Vermaelen looked a great signing for Arsenal when he joined the club from Ajax in 2009, his performances have gone seriously downhill since then, with some particularly disappointing displays last season upon being named club captain by Arsene Wenger. Vermaelen’s rash challenges and individual errors at the back cost Arsenal too many goals last season and eventually saw him dropped to the bench by his manager, and he doesn’t look much closer to regaining his place in the side.
Over the summer, the Belgian was linked with the likes of Napoli and even Barcelona, as he remains a highly-rated talent. Arsenal will be hoping some top clubs show an interest again this January, as they could certainly do with replacing the 27-year-old with a younger and more promising player at the back, which would certainly give Arsenal fans a little more confidence if either one of Mertesacker or Koscielny were to miss a significant chunk of the season through injury.