James McCarthy on three player Arsenal shortlist for January transfer window

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is determined to engage in the January transfer window and is keen to bring in no less than three players, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror claim that the Gunners have assessed the flaws within their squad, and are preparing a shake-up in January which will give them a better chance of maintaining pace with their Premier League rivals.

Arsenal's wishlist

It’s said that alongside Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak the north London giants are also interested in securing a deal for high-flying Everton star James McCarthy, who continues to impress under Roberto Martinez. Completing the trio is a potential replacement for German centre-back Per Mertesacker, whose form is starting to become somewhat erratic.

As was proved in the summer months Arsenal have recovered from the financial deficit enforced on them by their self-funded move to the Emirates Stadium, meaning that Wenger can no longer play the role of over-achieving pauper as he looks to compete against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.

Finances in place?

That being said the levels of monetary outlay are becoming a point of hot debate for the powers-that-be at the club. A refusal to pay Real Madrid star Sami Khedira’s high wages is what’s been touted as the reason for the Gunners dropping interest in that particular transfer endeavour, but they’ll have to spend big if they plan on doing the sort of business registered above.

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Expensive trio

Krychowiak is said to be valued at around £20 million, with admirers in Serie A ensuring that his club can probably hold out for a bidding war if they so wish. As for McCarthy his influence in Martinez’s Everton squad remains a potentially decisive component in what he is trying to achieve at Goodison Park, and therefore The Toffees will be expected to hold out for a high sum.

Finally there’s the alternative to Mertesacker, and with high-quality defenders going for premium rates in this day and age - Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala went for £32 million this summer - Wenger can hardly expect a bargain in that department.

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