Speculation as to who will be joining the likes of Mesut Ozil and Mathieu Flamini during the January transfer window has been rife. Even though the Gunners have looked very good so far this season, there is still room for improvement and those improvements could come in any position.
World Soccer Talk has taken a look at the players Arsenal has been linked with, what these players could bring to the table and whether or not there’s an actual chance of them coming over to North London.
1. Paul Pogba
Position: Central Midfielder
If you’ve never seen Paul Pogba play before then I’d say he’s the closest thing France have had to Patrick Vieira in a long, long time. Of course, many believed current Gunner Abou Diaby would take over from Patrick Vieira for both Arsenal and France but injuries have seriously hampered his progress during his young years and there are serious doubts among most fans whether or not he can truly fulfill his potential.
Pogba is a more complete player than Diaby though. Aggressive, technically efficient, incredibly strong, it’s quite scary that he’s only 20 years old. A former Manchester United player, Pogba already knows what it’s like to play in England, although his time at Old Trafford is limited. With Mikel Arteta’s career winding down and Aaron Ramsey finding more success in an advance role, Pogba would be a perfect midfield partner to Flamini. Not only would he provide extra defensive assurance to our fantastic attack, he can also join in attacks and grab himself a goal too.
Likelihood of player joining Arsenal: With Juventus president Andrea Agnelli admitting that Juventus would have to consider a big offer for a player like Pogba, there’s a chance Arsenal could get him. It truly depends on whether or not Mr Wenger thinks he’s worth the money. 6/10.
2. Ricardo van Rhijn
Position: Right back/Centre back
Even though Arsenal’s defense have looked very good this season, with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs being particularly impressive, a little bit more depth would do us well. It looks increasingly likely that Bacary Sagna will be leaving at the end of the season, so it would probably be best to get a player now instead of waiting. Carl Jenkinson has looked good this season but it doesn’t feel as if Wenger has full trust in him yet, that’s where a player like Ricardo van Rhijn could come into play.
Firstly, he’s versatile, which is always good to have in your team. Adept at playing right back and centre back his positioning is pretty good. He’s very composed and knows how to defend and attack without difficulty, such is the Dutch way. He also has international experience, and for a player of his age to break into one of the best squads in the world already should speak volumes of what people think of him.
Likelihood of player joining Arsenal: Arsenal isn’t the only club interested in getting van Rhijn’s signature, with a host of Italian clubs and Premier League rival Chelsea. However with Dennis Bergkamp at Ajax, the former Gunner could convince his fellow Dutchman to come to Arsenal. 6/10.