The hype in recent days has surrounded Arsene Wenger's signing of German international Mesut Özil for £42.4m, eclipsing the previous club record signing by three times.

Özil will be a great addition to the team and will bring much-needed firepower to a squad depleted by injury as well as the sale of 17 players.

The signing of the former Real Madrid man merely solves Arsenal's problems in the creative department. There are numerous other areas which need reinforcement as well. Here is a list of the positions and possible signings.

Central defence

As of now, Wenger only has three senior centre-backs at his disposal. Although they are quality centre-backs, this number is not enough, as can be seen by the fact that Arsene Wenger had to resort to playing Bacary Sagna at centre-back during the period when Laurent Koscielny was suspended and Thomas Vermaelen was injured.

Possible additions:

Benedikt Howedes

The Schalke club captain is a rock in the heart of defence, and has been capped 15 times for Germany.

A mere 25-years of age, he still has time to hit his peak. Although not particularly quick of the mark, he would be a great signing for Arsenal. His versatility and ability to even play left-back or right-back if needed would certainly be an added bonus.

Ashley Williams

Tried and tested in the Premier League, the Swansea captain is a good, old-fashioned centre-back.

Known for his aerial ability as well as his strength, he would provide much-needed solidity to the Arsenal back-line. However, one obstacle would be the £15m price tag that Swansea have set on him. Hopefully, Wenger would be able to bargain a lower price for the Welsh international.

Right-back

This really depends on how many more years Bacary Sagna can stay at the peak of his powers, and how long more it takes for Carl Jenkinson to become a quality right-back.

True, Jenkinson has improved by leaps and bounds in the last few months. However, with Sagna already 30-years old, he may be on the decline very soon. Therefore, Wenger should look to the transfer market to beef up this area of defence.

Possible additions:

Micah Richards

Relatively unwanted over at the Etihad Stadium, Wenger may be able to grab Micah Richards for a bargain price.

Speedy, and with loads of strength, Richards would be a good replacement for Sagna. Moreover, at only 25, Richards still has room to grow. Capped 13 times for England, Richards would be a sure bet to strengthen Arsenal’s defence.

Lukasz Piszczek

Currently playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, Piszczek would be a great addition to any team.

A speedy player, Piszczek also has the ability to whip in loads of dangerous crosses, a trait which would be beneficial to Arsenal’s in form man, Olivier Giroud. Often bombing down the flanks, Piszczek can even play at right midfield if absolutely necessary.

The sort of attacking full-back which Arsene Wenger loves, Piszczek would be a great player to sign.

Centre-forward

With Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner the only two tested out-and-out strikers in the team, Wenger may want to dip into the transfer market for some reinforcements come January. With bids for both Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez both falling through, Wenger will need to act quickly in January to sign a world-class forward.

Possible additions:

Karim Benzema

Having spent more than £80m on Gareth Bale, Real Madrid may be willing to let some more players go. Having just missed out on former teammate Higuain, Wenger should go for the classy Benzema. Although his goalscoring form for his country may be called into question, Benzema is undoubtedly a world-class forward.

Stefan Kießling

A very, very underrated striker, Kießling is one of the most natural goalscorers around.

Currently plying his trade with Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Germany, Wenger should be able to nab the German international if he acts fast. Furthermore, coming to Arsenal would represent a step up for Kießling, and he should be easier to acquire than Karim Benzema.

Please, Wenger, loosen those purse-strings and spend money in the January transfer window.

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