Which of these main midfield targets should Arsenal go for?
Arsenal seem set on targeting a top class central midfield player this January if recent speculation is anything to go by, with a whole host of big names emerging as candidates to move to the Emirates Stadium this winter.
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Below are nine of the players who seem to be Arsene Wenger’s preferred targets in the middle of the park, with some looking more convincing than others to come in and provide upgrades on the likes of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Jack Wilshere.
Most of these players rate fairly well, however, and it could be argued they’d all be improvements for this team. Read on to see how we ranked the midfielders Arsenal should try to bring in, from worst to best…
9) Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid)
Out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi has been linked as an option for Arsenal in midfield, though he is perhaps the least suitable target mentioned so far. Although the Spaniard is good on the ball, he is not an out and out defensive midfield player, and has not been at quite his best form since he made the move to the Bernabeu from Real Sociedad last summer.