Arsenal’s annual injury perils seems to be gathering pace after the news emerged that Santi Cazorla is Gunners’ latest injury casualty. The Spanish maestro will be out for three months with a knee knock leaving Wenger with limited midfield options.
The Gunners have had an impressive start to the season, and many saw them as favorites to finally top the table this year. However, Arsenal’s season could go either way at the moment, with Wenger threatened by a lengthy injury list to key players. Thankfully, the winter transfer is edging closer and we believe that Emirates crew should target the following 5 guns to bolster their injury-depleted squad and seal the season.
There is a gaping hole in the Arsenal midfield engine room with Cazorla, Coquelin and Wilshere injured. Meanwhile at Spain, latest speculations suggest that Real Madrid midfielder Isco Alarcon has handed transfer request to coach Rafa Benitez and is on the hunt for a new club that can promise him regular, first-team football.
It sounds like Isco would fit right in at the North London club. He is 23 and is touted to be the next Iniesta. The Spaniard has the right blend of flair, creativity and industry to strengthen Wenger’s midfield and reignite Gunners hopes of securing Premier League throne this season. However, Wenger is aware that Los Blancos won’t let him go unless for a hefty fee
Rumors have been rife recently that Wenger is plotting a January bid to acquire the signature of long-term target Karim Benzema. Wenger wanted to sign his countryman over the summer, but was thwarted in his endeavors to lure him away from the Bernabeue.
However, in the wake of his sex tape scandal, the Spanish giants are now rumored to be eager to show exit door to Benzema. And reports suggest that Arsenal are in pole position to land Benzema. The French superstar is one of the best players in his position and would be a decent improvement to Olivier Giroud.
3. Lars Bender
Like Benzema, Bayern Leverkusen starlet Lars Bender is a player who has been long admired by Wenger. And according to English media, Gunners boss is keen to strike the deal for 26-year-old defensive midfielder once the winter window opens.
Bender is a proven midfielder who can add real tenacity and steel to the defensive ranks and provide cover or challenge Coquelin for the starting role. However, while Bender is a complete midfielder, there are concerns about his recent injury record, something that the Gunners need to be particularly careful about.
4. Ruben Neves
With Gunners midfielders dropping like flies, it is no surprise that Arsenal are linked with a panoply of players ahead of the upcoming transfer window. Ruben Neves is another young gun who has been under Wenger’s radar for quite some time. The 18-year-old Porto starlet has also galvanized the interest of number of European powerhouses, including the likes of PSG, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Neves is esteemed so high at his current club that he became the Champions League’s youngest ever captain this year. FC Porto boss has reportedly set a ridiculous $63 million release clause for his iconic midfielder.
5. John Stones
The Toffees centre-back has flowered to become the central pillar in Everton’s defense, thanks to his top-quality displays in Premier League. John Stones had been heavily linked with Stamford Bridge move over the summer, but Everton boss was relentless to keep Stones in his clutches.
Stones can inject real strength and versatility to Arsenal defense and would be the ideal centre back to fill aging Mertesacker’s boots for long-term.