“Move aside, you are not reliable for me anymore” – Mikel Arteta is ready to send Arsenal’s key player to the bench following a crucial blunder against West Ham, while Edu Gasper attempts to acquire a top-class talent as his successor.
Mikel Arteta might soon add to his right-back options.
As the January transfer window approaches, Arsenal is apparently looking for further reinforcements for the rest of the season.
Mikel Arteta’s team has made a great start to the 2023/24 Premier League season, but the issue of roster depth appears to be a reoccurring one thus early in the calendar.
Last season, Arsenal lost out on their first league title since 2004, creating a new top-flight record by being the team that led the standings for the longest time without winning it.
The north Londoners battled in the home straight as the effects of the hectic schedule were apparent, and injury struck with little depth available to replace several dominant features in the starting XI.
It was critical that Arteta and Edu searched out further reinforcements in the summer to fill the gaps in the ambitious young team, but since injuries continue to strike often this season, more additions might be on the cards during the winter.
A slew of players have already been linked with a January move to the Emirates, with Arteta rumored to be interested in players with versatility across the pitch.
Arsenal’s potential transfer targets
Despite signing Gabriel Jesus only last summer, Arsenal have been connected with two forwards: Brentford’s Ivan Toney and RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko.
According to the Mirror, the Bees would accept bids no lower than £100 million for Toney, who is reported to be loved by the Gunners for his goal-scoring ability in the Premier League.
On the subject of attackers valued at nine figures by their employers, Arsenal have been connected with Feyenoord star Santiago Gimenez, who is also coveted by Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Tottenham, according to 90min.
The Eredivisie club is thought to value the Mexican at €100 million (£86 million), which is a fair price given that the 22-year-old has scored 13 goals in ten league outings this season.
The Gunners are thought to be interested in Liverpool target Andre Trindade, who rejected down a transfer to Anfield earlier this summer.
The Brazilian, who has a £34 million release clause at Fluminense, is thought to be a defensive midfielder who the north Londoners love.
Arteta is also allegedly interested in Fiorentina prodigy Michael Kayode, who has built a name for himself in Serie A this season.
According to Calciomercato in Italy, Arsenal dispatched scouts to observe the right-back in action and were ‘above all’ interested in signing him.