With the acquisition of German star Mesut Ozil, Arsenal seem to be on the right track to challenging for the title. However, there are still gaping holes in their team that are yet to be filled for them to be considered serious contenders. With the January window still three months away, there is plenty of time for the rumours to grow. Here are five players I believe long-serving manager Arsene Wenger should be looking to sign...
There was a lot of talk in the summer window of Arsenal putting in a bid for the 24 year old defensive-midfielder. He is exactly the type of player Arsenal are lacking in the midfield. Although bringing in Mathieu Flamini was a masterstroke in my opinion from Wenger, he's now 29 and is not getting any younger.
Bender, on the other hand, is still in the early stages of his career, but is already known for his incredible work rate and tough tackling in the centre of the park. He would bring the steel that the Arsenal midfield is lacking, and, if it ends up happening, it would be a brilliant move from Wenger.
With Carl Jenkinson rapidly improving last season, you may be asking why I'm putting another right-back on the list for Arsenal to buy. Gamez is an experienced defender who is also known to have played as a central-defender on occasion and would add much needed versatility to the Arsenal defence. Also, with Bacary Sagna's contract expiring at the end of the season, adding Gamez would provide cover and a possible replacement.
Again, in a similar vein to Gamez, Richards would be another versatile and reliable defender to shore up the backline. With the ability to play as both a right-back or a centre-back, Richards would be able to fill in the gaps for a stretched Arsenal defence when injuries strike. He also has brilliant strength and pace, with makes him an intimidating force in any defence. With Richards not getting the game time he needs at rivals Manchester City due to the form of Pablo Zabaleta, Arsenal could get Richards for a cheaper price.
With all the talk of Arsenal needing a centre-forward, I never understood why a move wasn't made for the 26-year-old Colombian. Having had a bid rejected for Luis Suarez, there was little to no attention paid to the prolific Martinez.
After moving to Porto last season, he scored 34 goals in all games and is available for a comparatively measly price due to the buyout clause inserted into his contract. The only possible drawback is that he's unproven in one of Europe's top leagues, but with a scoring record that good, he's worth the risk.
With the need for attacking options quite clear at the Emirates, 24-year-old Reus, who is in the form of his life, would be an incredible signing for Arsenal. With him mainly plying his trade as a winger, he has amazing speed and the ability to beat defenders on the wing. Reus also has an eye for goal, scoring 14 for Dortmund last season.
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