Three deals Arsenal may do on Deadline Day: Could this secure title?

Julian Draxler

Arsene Wenger is in the market for quality - and there are indications he may get precisely that.

Considering the low expectations pundits and fans alike had regarding Arsenal's chances of securing a position within the top four six months ago and the manner in which they have consistently performed since the Premier League season began, Arsene Wenger's Gunners are arguably the surprise package of the campaign.

While it is easy to point to the impact Mesut Ozil has had, both in terms of on-field fluidity and off-pitch confidence and swag, there are multiple other factors too, including the presence of Steve Bould on the club's defenders such as Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, the individual improvements made by Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud as well as the hound-dog, ball-chasing and organisational skills displayed by one of the signings of the season - Mathieu Flamini.

Wenger and the Arsenal negotiators left it late to conclude the £42.4m transfer of Ozil, so perhaps it should be no surprise that, despite weeks of flirtations, the club will likely once again finalise a deal on the deadline day of the transfer market, this time in the mid-season window.

Julian Draxler - FC Schalke 04

There was a time when Arsenal could announce a signing on their official website and it could cause surprise but now it is always an open secret as to whom they are targeting and the German superkid from the Gelsenkirchen club is their number one priority.

There remains dialogue between Schalke and Gunners chief player-purchaser Dick Law, who is in Germany working out a fee. It is believed Schalke want every single penny of their £37m valuation of their top asset, yet Arsenal reportedly are unwilling to go higher than £25m. Daily Star claim a £24.7m offer was recently made while Bild believe a deal could be done at £30m.

Presumably, Arsenal would want this deal to come off now, rather than in the summer as, even if they save £5m by waiting for six months, the fact Draxler could prove decisive in a close title race would warrant the extra funds paid now.

Yoann Gourcuff - Olympique Lyonnais

While Mirko Vucinic had been linked with a temporary transfer to N5, his agent Alessandro Lucci, has completed quashed the speculation and, in a statement, said there was 'no chance' of this particular loan rumour happening.

In Vucinic's place comes Gourcuff, who operates in a deeper role but - perhaps because of the established French connection in North London - has long been linked with a move to Arsenal. While slightly more believable than the rehashed Salomon Kalou transfer stories that crop up every transfer window like an incurably annoying bout of the herpesviruses, the late interest in Gourcuff (linked by L'Equipe) may be seen to be secondary to Draxler.

A technically adept number ten, Gourcuff attracts criticism for his lack of an end-product, yet would represent a cheaper option than Draxler should Arsenal wish to prolong their dealing with Schalke until the summer. He is valued at £5.3m by transfermarkt.co.uk.

Isaac Cuenca - Barcelona

If this happens, Cuenca would be Arsenal's bronze medal. 

Another attacker, the Spaniard is fielded predominantly on the right wing, as opposed to centrally like Gourcuff or on the left like Draxler. Valued at £2.6m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Cuenca had a loan spell at Ajax last year and struggles to break into the senior selection at Camp Nou.

Cuenca is speculated by the Daily Star to be interesting the Gunners, with Liverpool also allegedly an admirer. One man who is not, is Barca boss Gerardo Martino who has given indications that he willing to listen to offers.

Because of Arsenal's attentions in other countries, this is not a likely transfer in the current window.

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