Arsenal's potential five-man January transfer wish-list

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We take a look at five potential additions that Arsenal could make in the January transfer window.

The summer transfer window may have shut, but with modern football the way it is clubs will already be making plans about who they could bring in during the January 2015 window.

Arsenal have had a summer transfer window which has caught the eye, with the additions of Danny Welbeck, Calum Chambers and Alexis Sanchez among the most interesting in the entire division.

It has signified a change of approach from Arsene Wenger in the sense that he has been prepared to spend some big money on acquiring players to improve the squad.

Yet, there is still a sense of frustrating around the Emirates because there are obvious areas of weakness in the squad and if these are highlighted before the new year Wenger could be forced to invest again in January.

In this piece we devise a potential five-man January shortlist for the Gunners.

William Carvalho [Sporting Lisbon]

The defensive midfielder was linked with a move to the North-London club for much of the summer transfer window, but no switch was finalised.

It was reported that William was offered to Wenger for €30 million, but the experienced Frenchman would not raise his offer beyond €23 million.

The Portuguese international would have provided an excellent option for Arsenal in a position that they have limited options in and if their weakness is exposed Wenger may be forced to go beyond his initial offer at the start of 2015.

Sami Khedira [Real Madrid]

Wenger’s first target to fill the defensive midfield slot, Khedira never came close to a move to Arsenal by the Gunners’ boss’ own admission.

However, Madrid are understood to be keen to cash-in on the German World Cup winner, who has lost his place in the side due to the form of Luka Modric and the summer addition of Toni Kroos.

At the moment his wage demands remain to high for the Gunners to pay but, after five months of playing a rotational role, his desire to leave the Bernabeu may increase and see him more willing to make a compromise over his salary.

Ron Vlaar [Aston Villa]

A player who was linked to Arsenal on deadline day, he is unlikely to offer a long-term fix for Wenger, but he could do an adequate job filling a void in the Gunners’ squad.

Arsenal currently only have two bespoke centre-backs, with only Chambers offering cover, despite playing much of his career at right-back, and there could be an urgency to bring a central defender in during January, if anything should happen to Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny.

Vlaar knows the Premier League, has been performing well and should be available on a cheap transfer by then if his future is not sorted at Villa Park, with the Dutch international having fewer than 12 months remaining on his contract.

Edinson Cavani [PSG]

Arsenal appear to have ended their search for a striker by signing Danny Welbeck, but there is still a lingering doubt over his acquisition.

Although the 23-year-old is unquestionably a talent, he is yet to prove he is the regular goalscorer that Arsenal need during his career so far.

How he will react to being made the main-man to lead the line is unknown, but if the experiment fails then Wenger may be forced to finally open his cheque-book to sign a proven marksman.

Cavani represents that and it is rather a shock that he remains in Ligue 1, given his apparent desire to leave.

Adrien Rabiot [PSG]

The young midfielder has been linked with Arsenal all summer, but his price remained a stumbling block.

PSG reportedly wanted £24 million for the 19-year-old, but Wenger was allegedly not prepared to spend the fee, which seems rather excessive given that he only has 12 months remaining on his contract.

In January they may be forced to reduce these demands, as Rabiot is determined not to sign a new deal, and the Parisians will not want to lose him on a free.

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