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Arsenal must do business in January

Arsenal need more players like Ozil (©GettyImages)
Arsenal need more players like Ozil (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger probably pulled off the signing of the summer by signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day for a fee of around £42 million. But is the team missing something? 

In attack, apart from Olivier Giroud, only Nicklas Bendtner has top-tier experience, which is quite worrying given that Arsenal are still in four competitions and the number of games they are scheduled to play will inevitably take a toll on Giroud.

And, what if he was to get injured?

Yes, Yaya Sanogo and Chuba Akpom are future talents who could do well, but they aren't quite ready for top-notch Premier league action. Bendtner is handful in the penalty area, but he cannot be relied on to such a great extent. 

The introduction of Mesut Ozil has clearly galvanised the whole team. But the side could certainly do with another striker who can come off the bench when needed/provide cover if one of the strikers was to get injured or even to play alongside a target-man upfront. They need a kind of player who has different attributes to that of Giroud's and Bendtner's. Someone who is quick, unlike the aforementioned target-men.

Arsene Wenger can boast of having such a player in the squad, Park Chu-Young. The 28-year-old South Korean international has never really lived up to the expectations at The Emirates.

Arsene Wenger must target one of these forwards in the upcoming transfer window.

1) Karim Benzema - The 25-year-old Frenchman has a had a decent start to the season, but there still lies a dark cloud over his long term future at the Bernabeu.

Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of Benzema, right from striker's Lyon days. With Carlo Ancelloti recently admitting that Benzema isn't at his best and he would have to improve, it looks like he might be on the move come January.

With a price tag of around €45 million euros on his head, should he make the move to The Emirates, it would only be a win-win situation for all parties involved. 

2) Luis Muriel - The 22-year-old Colombian international has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool. Good on the ball and with pace to burn, the Udinese front-man is to sure to make his mark in the Premier League. Likened to Sergio Aguero due to having similar attributes, Arsene Wenger should look to sign him.

Not only can he prove ample cover for Giroud, but he can also play alongside/off Giroud, forging a deadly combination upfront. Although he recently signed an extension to his current contract, Udinese have accepted that he might soon be on the move. 

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