The January transfer window is approaching, and a potential position Arsenal may look to strengthen will be the wings. With the inconsistency of both Chamberlain and more recently Iwobi, Wenger will be eager to bring more options and stability to his side. With reports stating that Julian Draxler is on his way to PSG, here are some of the alternatives Arsenal could target next month.
The 20-year-old German has been in good form for Bayer 04 Leverkusen this season and is one of the best young prospects in Europe. Brandt has made a total of 56 international appearances for Germany in the lower age groups, which included winning the under-19 European Championships. The young winger also made his full senior debut for die Mannschaft earlier this year and was nominated for the Golden Boy award, which was won by Renato Sanchez.
Arsenal need another attacking threat going forward; Theo Walcott is closing on the dreaded 30, The Ox is severly inconsistent and Alex Iwobi is still leanring his craft. Julian Brandt would be an excellent addition for the Gunners, although it may be hard to prise him away from Leverkusen.
Monaco’s Bernardo Silva is one of a fine collection of excellent young talents at Monaco and is among the new wave of Portuguese talent coming through.
This year Monaco have become one of the surprise packages in Europe, scoring the most goals across the top five Leagues on their way to challenging PSG for the title. The youngster has already attracted the attention of Manchester United and Barcelona, thus he will not come cheap. Like Brandt, Silva would provide Arsenal with another goalscorer from the wing, while also being able to play as a second striker.
A summer move for the winger may be more likely but it’s certainly an option Arsenal could try next month.
One of Manchester United’s marquee signings has recently found himself displaced from the starting XI. The Frenchman is valued at roughly €32 million and is a proven Premier League winger, who is a good finisher and has plenty of pace. Arsène Wenger is known to be a big fan of Martial, and the potential purchase from United would not only lift the supporters’ mood but would also be a wonderful coup to get one up on Mourinho. The question is whether or not the 21-year-old would be willing to move soon after his Manchester United change. Either way, Martial would work well with the likes of Sanchez, Özil and Walcott.
Mbappé is one of a talented crop of young Monaco players and is being targeted by multiple clubs across Europe. Mbappé made his debut for the first-team last year at only 17-years-old and has since gone on to be an important player for Leanardo Jardim, scoring three goals to go along with six assists in the League.
Mbappé can play as a striker or winger and would provide Arsenal with some excellent versatility from a player who’d very much be in the future plans of the club. At 18-years-old, Mbappé certainly won’t come cheap but Wenger won’t want to lose out on another target having missed out Martial two summers ago.
5. Marco Reus
At 27 years of age, the Borussia Dortmund winger is the biggest and best player on the list. Reus could be the big-name big-money signing the fans will be crying out for next month and arguably one that could push on Arsenal’s title challenge. It would be a complete change of policy for Wenger to splash the cash on such a well know and top quality player but a welcome one.
Dortmund have stuttered in the Bundesliga so far and are yet to mount a considerable challenge to Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. Although it could change, with 12 points between them and Bayern, it’s likely that their title hopes are all but over. If Arsenal put in the right amount of money, Dortmund could well cash in on Reus now, albeit it will be hard at this point in the season.