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Arsenal should make January raid for former United target

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It's high time people stopped picking apart the deficiencies in Arsenals transfer window, and began to look towards a future made ever-brighter by the capture of Mesut Ozil.

January will undoubtedly be another manic rush staged by the European superpowers, and it's unlikely that the teams that are lining up between now and then will remain the same once the post-Christmas transfer window slams shut.

For this reason, Arsenal fans can revel in optimism, safe in the knowledge that one or two key signings in the right positions can turn them from top four hopefuls to serious title challengers.

If that prediction is to be assumed correct then the questions shifts to who to sign?

For me there are a host of players Arsenal could successfully court, made all the more viable by their capture of Mesut Ozil. The German maestro may well have started a trend amongst Europe's elite figures and could prove to be an even more important transfer in the long-run that his playing abilities would suggest.

And it's Ozil's former teammates that I believe Arsene can look to next in his bid to maximise his squad's potential.

Luka Modric, Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira and Angel di Maria were all strongly linked with moves away from the Bernabeu in the summer, and although the first has virtually committed his future to Los Blancos for the next year, the second will be heading to Old Trafford if anywhere and the third isn't really needed at the Emirates, the latter remains very much a subject of belligerent interest.

Di Maria, a former Manchester United target in his own right, has got his own reasons to be sceptical about his future at Real Madrid, and would most certainly be welcomed into the Gunners' fold.

Considered to be one of the best wide-men in the world, Di Maria may struggle to get game time at Madrid since the arrival of Gareth Bale, and is far too desirable to be on bench-warming duty for long.

Arsenal did show initial interest in the Argentinian winger during the summer but he affirmed his desire to stay in the Spanish capital and fight for his place in the team, also stating that he was wary of disrupting his family life by moving countries.

However, his intentions may quickly change if he should find himself completely surplus to requirements in Spain, and with the presence of Mesut Ozil, there is now a familiar figure residing in the red half of north London.

From Wenger's point of view it will be a fantastic piece of business that would not only win over even more fans, but enhance his attacking capabilities no end as well. Arsenal's central midfield brims with talent but they look bereft of wide men who can really take a hold of the game and deliver a consistently measured final ball.

Real Madrid will still be assessing their options with regards to recouping some losses from the Bale deal, and could be tempted into a Di Maria transfer if it transpires that their squad is strong enough to cope without him between now and January. There was a reason he was linked with the exit door prior to the end of the transfer window, and a sale may just be logically feasible at the next opportunity.

All that remains is to determine if Di Maria would be willing to exit from Madrid, and if Arsenal could fend off the inevitable competition that would arise if he were to state his intent to leave.

From my point of view Wenger should try every trick in the book to make a switch possible, not only for the literal impact he would have on the pitch, nor just the brilliant understanding he has pre-forged with Mesut Ozil, but for the statement it would make to the rest of the footballing world.

Di Maria, even if considered undesirable at Real Madrid, is another world-class bargain waiting to be jumped on.

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