Arsenal set to ‘inject money’ to reinforce the squad in January

By on November 7, 2022

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Arsenal will reportedly splash the cash to reinforce the squad in the January transfer window, as per ESPN journalist Joao Castelo-Branco.

After narrowly missing out on a Champions League spot last season, it appeared the Gunners might have started the campaign with the objective of securing their place in the top four and perhaps winning one of the cup competitions this term.

However, as the season progresses Mikel Arteta’s side seem to have become a force to be reckoned with and the likeliest contender to challenge for the Premier League title along with Manchester City.

Despite winning the first five consecutive games in the league, the defeat against Manchester United made people doubt whether Arsenal possess the capacity to win versus the big six opponents. However, since then, the Gunners showcased their qualities and came away with all three points against Liverpool, Tottenham and now Chelsea.

Arsenal steamrolled over Graham Potter’s side at Stamford Bridge this weekend and won the game thanks to Gabriel Magalhaes’ solitary goal. Had Arsenal’s forwards been a bit more clinical, on the day, then the scoreline could easily have been very embarrassing for the hosts.

Arsenal to inject money to reinforce the squad

Writing on Twitter, Castelo-Branco has claimed that Arsenal hierarchy are willing to take advantage of their current momentum and are keen on strengthening the squad with quality options this winter.

The journalist further states that the north London club ‘will inject money’ to reinforce the squad this January in order to stay in the title race during the second half of this campaign.

Castelo-Branco said:

“Arsenal winning big games is in for the title in earnest. I have information that the club wants to take advantage of the moment, will inject money to reinforce the squad well in January to be able to compete until the end.”

I think Arteta has a thin squad at his disposal and it would be extremely difficult for the Spanish boss to mount a sustained title charge during the second half of the season with his current team. Arsenal will have to play twice every week for the next few months after the World Cup break and I believe the Gunners’ boss doesn’t have enough quality options, after the first eleven, to keep their momentum going in every competition.

The Emirates outfit showed signs of sluggishness during the second half games away to Leeds United and Southampton recently, due to the congested fixture schedule and lack of squad depth.

Therefore, strengthening the squad in January would definitely help Arteta to go head-to-head against the Citizens for the Premier League title this season. A central midfielder and winger are certainly needed if Arsenal are to cope with playing in four competitions next year.

One Comment

  1. paul35mm

    November 7, 2022 at 8:51 pm

    Arsenal have three needs; a central midfielder who provides assists and scores goals, a striker who offers something different from Gabriel Jesus as well as injury cover for the Brazilian; and a reserve goalkeeper good enough to keep Arsenal competitive if Ramsdale gets injured.

    The most obvious candidate for the position of central midfielder at Arsenal is Sergej Milinković-Savić, with Youri Tielemans second and James Ward-Prowse third. Savic is a big upgrade on Xhaka in attacking talent. Tielemans would be as well. Ward-Proawe also offers more goals and assists than the Switzerland man, though Xhaka’s combative demeanor and give-everything attitude does have value.

    Striker is always difficult because goals are expensive to buy, especially in January. It might make the most sense for the Gunners to wait and bring back Folarin Balogun next season, rather than sign someone who might not be as good for a fortune in January. The list of available players who might improve the Gunners is pretty short. Two names come ti mind. Jonathan David is the obvious one. He is scoring for run for Lille and he is young, fitting the AFC profile. Timo Werneris also young, versatile, so he could play the left wing behind Martinelli as well as back up Jesus, and while Werner was not prolific at Chelsea, his goals per minutes played were actually OK; while his effort was always there.

    the goalkeeper position is problematic for Arsenal because Turner is OK, but not good enough for league matches and Ramsdale so cemented in as #1, getting a quality back up will be a challenge. A possibility might be Lukasz Fabianski. West Ham have already signed his long-term replacement, the former Arsenal keeper is 37, so he is not a long-term solution, but his age also means he does not pose a threat to Ramsdale, but could add quality in cup competitions and a safe pair of hands if Ramsdale is injured.

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