Arsenal: Four January transfer targets to convince Ozil and Sanchez to sign

      

Arsenal: Four January transfer targets to convince Ozil and Sanchez to sign

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Arsenal are in the mud with their two key players, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The two stars are stalling on their new contracts and with 18 months left, time is running out on Arsene Wenger to seal their futures to the club. The biggest stumble is their wish for a pay rise near the £300k mark, which is not Wenger’s cup of tea.

He has some alternative options at hand: sign other marquee players. This will show ambition but will once again involve splashing the cash.

Here are some suggestions:

1. Marco Reus

Reus has been linked with a move to Arsenal for quite some time now. A move for him would make all the difference for convincing Mesut Ozil to sign as the two are friends from Germany’s national side.

The German’s contract runs out in the summer of 2019, so he would cost in excess of £50 million if Wenger opts to sign him.

As to quality, there’s no question he will be an improvement to the current squad. Reus can be placed on the right side and can contribute to increasing possession of the ball. His style of playing will fit Arsenal well.

2. Julian Draxler

Reports suggest Julian Draxler is on the verge of moving away from Wolfsburg as he has fallen out with the club’s supporters.

Wenger would do well to consider bringing him in but that would involve splashing some cash since his contract is set to run out in 2020.

Draxler is a versatile and ambidextrous player who can play all along the midfield line. He poses threat with direct runs and is ever-threatening with his powerful long-range shooting. Buying him in the January transfer window will make Arsenal serious Champions League contenders.

3. Cesc Fabregas

Sometimes the answer is right in front of your nose. Cesc Fabregas is the logical choice for replacing injured Santi Casorla: he is in London, and knows his way around the club.

Fabregas has bogged down in the mud at Chelsea this season with new manager Antonio Conte opting to use other players instead of him. Signing him would boost Arsenal’s title chances and could take some responsibility off the shoulders of Ozil and Sanchez.

4. James Rodriguez

The pressure is on Zinedine Zidane to keep Rodriguez happy is high. The Colombian super-star has seen very little play time this season and has fallen down the pecking order in Madrid with Karim Benzema, Isco and Mateo Kocavic being the preferred starter choice.

Even Zidane has admitted that Rodriguez causes a selection headache. If things continue down this line, he may seek a move away to get the playing time he deserves.

He would be by no means cheap, in the region of £60 million due to his contract having four years left, but if Zidane decided he is a surplus to requirements, the price will drop. However, the potential of such marquee signing could offer a boost to everyone at Arsenal. 

 

 

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# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 38 79 100
2 Manchester United FC 38 40 81
3 Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 38 77
4 Liverpool FC 38 46 75
5 Chelsea FC 38 24 70
6 Arsenal FC 38 23 63
7 Burnley FC 38 -3 54
8 Everton FC 38 -14 49
9 Leicester City FC 38 -4 47
10 Newcastle United FC 38 -8 44
11 Crystal Palace FC 38 -10 44
12 AFC Bournemouth 38 -16 44
13 West Ham United FC 38 -20 42
14 Watford FC 38 -20 41
15 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -20 40
16 Huddersfield Town 38 -30 37
17 Southampton FC 38 -19 36
18 Swansea City FC 38 -28 33
19 Stoke City FC 38 -33 33
20 West Bromwich Albion FC 38 -25 31