COMMENTARY | As Arsenal go into the new year as Premier League leaders, many experts still suggest that the Gunners are in need of additional players. With the transfer market opening on Wednesday, Arsenal's manager, Arsene Wenger, will need to decide what his team needs are and whether or not to bring more players into his squad.
One position that Wenger has checked off his wish list is at midfielder. After the narrow 1-0 win over Newcastle on Sunday, the manager dismissed any chances of the team bringing in an additional midfielder during the January transfer period. The Frenchman told Arsenal.com, "No we don't look for midfielders because today we didn't have Ozil or Ramsey who stayed at home and we had still three good midfielders and I still had Arteta on the bench so there is no real need in there."
Possessing one of the league's best midfield groups, consisting of Mikel Arteta, Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Flamini, Mesut Özil, Tomáš Rosický, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere, there doesn't appear to be much room to add another midfielder to the mix.
While Arsenal's midfield appears to be set, the team's attacking options could possibly use one more player. Arsenal's main front man, Olivier Giroud, has started in 18 out of the team's 19 league matches so far and would most likely benefit from a rest here and there.
Although Giroud might need rest, he feels as if the Gunners don't need to spend money on a striker right away. In an interview aired on Canal+, Giroud stated, "We have the players to play up front. Lukas is having a good come-back. Theo can play as a striker. We have the quality and the quantity. If the coach wants me to rest, he can do it without buying a new striker. I would rather not see a new striker come in."
If Wenger decides to buy a striker, they will most likely not come cheap. Christian Benteke, Diego Costa, Fernando Llorente, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and Robert Lewandowski have all been rumored targets of Arsenal as of late, and all would cost a pretty penny.
While purchasing a striker may become difficult, there is a player who could come into the fold on loan. According to the Daily Mail, Alvaro Morata "is the man most likely to join Arsenal in the January transfer window to help support Olivier Giroud up front." The article goes on to say that Real Madrid would be "happy" if Morata went on loan at Arsenal.
The 21-year-old Real Madrid striker has made 10 league appearances (one start) for the club, scoring two league goals. Morata impressed at the summer's UEFA U-21 competition, as the youngster scored four goals and added two assists in five matches.
There appears to be some tough decisions ahead for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal. The January period could very well become a turning point for the team, as the Gunners look to stay atop of the Premier League for the rest of the season.
Christopher Moore has been following Arsenal Football Club for over 10 years.
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