After a strong summer in the player transfer market, Arsenal now find themselves pushing for a Champions League spot this season, and manager Mikel Arteta has finally started to assert his tactical influence on the squad.
The Gunners are now firmly in contention for fourth place and they are still in the mix for the Carabao Cup (Coupe de la Ligue), but there are holes in the squad that need to be filled, starting with the striker. .
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s momentary ban has created a need for a striker, with Alexandre Lacazette having only scored three goals in his 14 league appearances, although the Frenchman has been strong since Aubameyang’s retirement. And while Gabriel and Ben White have been strong at center-back, the club could also use an upgrade from Rob Holding.
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Meanwhile, left-back Sead Kolasinac is out of contract this summer and already has clubs interested in his services. The question is whether any of them will shell out money for him in January.
| Marseille discuss free transfer from Arsenal this summer with Sead Kolasinac
Napoli are also said to be interested in signing the defender pic.twitter.com/qWjWDGPNgp
– Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 10, 2022
Below is the updated list of Arsenal player transactions during the January 2022 transfer window and the updated roster list:
Arsenal transfers: winter window of January 2022
|Dated||Player||Position||Age||club||Transfer / loan fees|
|Dated||Player||Position||Age||club||Transfer / loan fees|
|January 8||Ainsley Maitland Niles||MF||24||AS Rome||– Loan until June 2022
– No permanent transfer option
– Fee of $ 566,000 + bonus
Arsenal squad 2021-22
Below is the updated Arsenal first team roster. New additions during the January 2022 window are noted in bold:
Goalkeepers (3): Bernd Leno, Arthur Okonkwo, Aaron Ramsdale
Defenders (10): Cédric, Calum Chambers, Gabriel, Rob Holding, Sead Kolasinac, Pablo Mari, Nuno Tavares, Kieran Tierney, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Ben White
Midfielder (7): Mohamed Elneny, Alberto Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Thomas Partey, Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, Granit Xhaka
Forwards (6): Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Folarin Balogun, Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel Martinelli, Eddie Nketiah, Nicolas Pepe
Arsenal have planned the starting lineup taking into account any team change in January:
Arsenal projected the starting XI (4-2-3-1, left to right): Ramsdale (GK) – Tierney, Gabriel, White, Tomiyasu – Partey, Xhaka – Smith Rowe, Odegaard, Saka – Lacazette.
Arsenal’s backups: Leno (GK), Okonkwo (GK), Holding (CB), Chambers (CB), Pablo Mari (CB), Kolasinac (LB), Tavares (LB), Cedric (RB), El Neny (CM), Lokonga (CM ), Aubameyang (CF), Balogun (CF), Nketiah (CF), Martinelli (LW), Pepe (RW).
(GK = goalkeeper; CB = center back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = center midfielder; RM = right midfielder; CF = center forward; LW = left winger; RW = winger right)
Rumors and news about Arsenal transfer
Here is the latest news on the Arsenal transfer front based on reports in England:
Aubameyang Status: Latest Updates
Transfer speculation involving Arsenal is regularly featured that of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Last name. The Gabon international, who participates in the African Cup of Nations with his country, has been stripped of his rank of captain and banned for the moment due to a disciplinary problem, and with his contract expiring in the summer of 2023 , now might be the perfect time to secure maximum value from a potential transfer.
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Aubameyang’s situation could be an opportunity for Newcastle, who have the capacity to spend big but veteran Arsenal Granite Xhaka predicts that Cuba will be “back and better than before” in the front row of Arsenal.
Arsenal are looking for a new striker
the Dusan Vlahovic the links are coming back more regularly lately. Athletic’s David Ornstein said on his podcast that while Fiorentina is still likely to hang on to Vlahovic until the summer, Arsenal are doing everything they can to give the Italian club a reason to pull the trigger now. And according to other reports in England, including the Evening Standard, Arsenal are monitoring the progress of Dominique Calvert-Lewin Everton, who comes back with a broken toe. He has scored double-digit goals in each of the past two seasons.
By staying with the attackers, Arteta wants to keep Eddie nketiah, whose contract expires in summer. But the player is hungry for more playing time, and a ratio of athleticism says he wants a change of scenery. Ditto also for Folarin Balogun, with the 20-year-old striker attracting big loan interest, with reports saying he was heading to Middlesbrough on loan seen as a deal made and just waiting for Balogun to get rid of a fight with COVID-19 to officially confirm the movement.
Central Midfield Market
The rumors started at the beginning of December that Georginio wijnaldum would be open to a loan return in January to the Premier League, life at PSG not going well. Reports have indicated Arsenal are the favorites, but PSG are unwilling to let him go. These rumors multiplied as the window opened, with FourFourTwo indicating Arsenal are working on a loan deal to help cover CAN departures.
Arsenal target reported Denis zakaria has made it clear that he will not be re-signing with Borussia Mönchengladbach when his contract ends this summer. But there are other clubs that are also in the mix for the 25-year-old all-terrain center midfielder.
Dutch midfielder from Barcelona Frenkie De Jong could be January’s surprise blow for Arsenal, and while there haven’t been any strong ties between the player and the club, it has been hinted at in the press, with ex-Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell approving the movement. The Dutch midfielder has mentioned a fascination with Arsenal in the past, wishing to imitate Marc Overmars.
On the outgoing front, Ainsley Maitland Niles left, joining Jose Mourinho after a loan transfer to Roma.
Other potential reinforcements from the Arsenal
Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy has linked Arsenal with the Juventus winger Dejan Koulusevski, although Federico Chiesa’s ACL injury means he is indispensable for Juventus, and 90 minutes of complaint the Gunners are among several clubs to watch Patrik schick from Bayer Leverkusen, although most of Europe probably has their eyes on the Euro star.
Don Balon from Spain a Arsenal pushing for rarely used Luka jovic of Real Madrid, but it’s hard to see Los Merengues parting ways with their injury replacement Karim Benzema.
Finally, the Brighton star Tariq Lamptey is on Arsenal’s radar, according to reporter Duncan Castles. Brighton & Hove Albion right-back has played well for his club and he could win the big shot he’s been looking for since taking the bet to join Brighton on a permanent move from Chelsea.