Manchester City, Liverpool and most recently Chelsea haveall been discussed among the favourites to win the Premier League this season,with that trio all no further than 9/1 to lift to trophy come May with bookie888sport.
But what ofArsenal’s chances? The North London outfit are going quietly about their business and currently sit just two points behind the three leaders in fourth, but bookmakers have little faith in Arsenal’s chances, with Unai Emery’s side as far as 40/1 across sites like www.thebookiesoffers.co.uk.
But what if they were to strengthen in January? Here we look at five signings Arsenal could make to really challenge this season:
There is speculation that this is a signing Arsenal have already agreed in principle behind the scenes, but The Gunners should – if they haven’t already – make an approach to sign Atlanta United’s Miguel Almiron in January.
In the MLS this season, Almiron has scored 12 goals and notched 13 assists in 32 league appearances. According to the Atlanta president Darren Eales, “Almirón’s future is already decided and (he) will go to England in the European winter market”.
Arsenal have shown interest in Almiron in the past and are now willing to pay £11m for him in January– an absolute snip in today’s market if he becomes a success at the Emirates.
The 24-year-old Paraguayan is an attacking midfielder who would play just off the striker in Arsenal’s formation, which at present would provide a colossal boost to their options with Aaron Ramsey’s contract running down and Mesut Ozil underperforming since Arsene Wenger’s departure.
Sticking with attacking solutions and Barcelona’s Malcom may already be eager for a move in the next window.
The La Liga champions only signed the Brazilian from Bordeaux this summer, but the 25-year-old has yet to start a game for Barca and has been restricted to a total of 25 minutes in two substitute appearances.
Arsenal are rumoured to be monitoring his situation.
According to reports in Italy, Arsenal are in ‘poleposition’ to sign the highly-coveted Roma winger Cengiz Under, fighting offcompetition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
The 21-year-old Turkish international has netted eight times in Serie A since moving to the Eternal City last year and looks like he would be a big improvement to The Gunners wide options.
One area where Arsenal have been lacking in recent years is at the heart of their defence, which has been costly in a number of big games and ultimately prevented The Gunners from being able to mount a serious title challenge. Arsenal looked to fix that by bringing in Greek International Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the summer and the 29-year-old has nailed down a regular starting place, but issues remain at the back, not helped in part by a bad of injuries.
With eightgames played so far this season, Arsenal sit 4th in the PremierLeague Table but have conceded ten goals – more than any of the other currenttop five. It may be that if Emery can further strengthen his back-line,particularly at centre-back, then this would be an area where there is still scope for improvementin this side.
Arguably the most coveted central defender in world football right now is Kalidou Koulibaly, Napoli’s Senegalese rock who has also been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona among others.
The 26-year-old is vastly experienced at the highest level and standing 6’5”, would be a real coup for Arsenal in defending set-pieces.
In a move that above all would come as a huge surprise, Arsenal may be tempted to court the business of out-of-favour Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno in the next window.
But perhaps the move shouldn’t be so surprising. Sead Kolasinac has fallen down the pecking order since Emery arrived, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles the only other contender at left-back, and Emery worked with Moreno previously at Seville.
Moreno is out of contract at Liverpool in the summer, so would be available for a cut-price deal, while Emery might be the man to get the best out of his troubled, but undoubtedly talented, former player.