In light of recent events I was going to start listing Bradford City players but maybe I should be a little more serious than that! Arsenal are performing well below par at the moment and Arsene Wenger will be eager to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.
1: KYRIAKOS PAPADOPOULOS
When Arsenal fans were screaming out for Arsene Wenger to buy some more experienced players, he signed signed Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen. Mertesacker has not turned out to be one of Wenger’s best buys. With what he gains in positioning and experience, he severely lacks in pace and movement. The German defender’s playing style in not suited to the Premier League at all.
Kriakos Papadopoulos may only be 20 years old but has already played in 57 Bundesliga games and 11 Champions League games for Schalke. He also has 13 international caps for Greece under his belt and is being touted as one of the best players to come out of Greece in recent years. Papadopoulos is a young player with plenty of potential and experienced enough to come straight into the first team – a perfect compromise for Wenger and the Arsenal fans.
2: CHEIK TIOTE
The Gunners are desperately lacking a strong holding midfielder to command the centre of the pitch. Tiote plays the holding midfielder role for Newcastle United every week and also has the ability to go forward with the ball too. Tiote has plenty of Premier League experience but is only 26 (although that may be a bit old for Wenger).
The Cote d’Ivoire player was continuously linked with many different clubs over last summer’s transfer window due to his excellent performances for Newcastle. Alan Pardew managed to hold onto Tiote in the summer but with the Magpies now sitting in 14th place on just 17 points, the midfielder could look to Arsenal as his chance to win trophies.
3: LOIC REMY
He’s young, he’s quick, he scores goals and he’s French. Is there a more typical Arsene Wenger signing? The striker has been linked with a move to the Emirates in the past but a transfer has never surfaced. With Theo Walcott injured, Olivier Giroud not at his best and Wenger preferring to play Lukas Podolski on the left of midfield, Remy could be the perfect player to turn Arsenal’s fortunes around.
Remy may be a pricey move for Wenger but with pressure building on the manager, he may fork out the extra cash to get Arsenal back to their usual top 4 league position.