Arsenal transfer targets impress in Champions League

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Arsenal fans were treated to an impressive performance from their favourite team as they shoved aside a disappointing Galatasaray side 4-1. They couldn't win the group, but a wonder goal from Aaron Ramsey and two more from Lukas Podolski gave everyone on the red side of north London something to cheer about.

But with the January transfer window approaching and Arsene Wenger's transfer targets becoming apparent, plenty of the Gunners faithful would have had their eyes on some of the other games in Europe's premier competition.

Take a look below at how five potential targets for Arsenal got in the Champions League this week.

William Carvalho

Match: Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon
Performance: Poor

Few players have been linked with a move to the Premier League in the past 12 months than powerhouse midfielder William Carvalho. The 22-year-old burst onto the scene in Portugal last year and Arsenal fans were hoping Wenger would shell out the £37 million required to meet his release clause.

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However, on last's night's showing at Stamford Bridge, any Arsenal scout present would have been less than impressed with his display. He was eventually substituted on the hour mark, much to the relief of Sporting fans. They may have to lower their demands if they want to cash in on the Portugal international in January.

Joao Moutinho

Match: AS Monaco 2-0 BATE
Performance: Good

Joao Moutinho continued his good form for AS Monaco as the Ligue 1 outfit stormed to the top of Group C by beating Zenit St Petersburg 2-0. Moutinho could end up costing Arsenal £30 million if they want to sign him in January, and he impressive display deep in midfield would have given Wenger plenty to think about.

Moutinho completed two key passes in the game, providing an excellent assist for one of Monaco's goals. He also complete 84.4 per cent of passes. A fine all-round performance from the Portuguese.

Fabian Schar

Match: Liverpool 1-1 FC Basel
Performance: Sign him now!

Fabian Schar is fast becoming one of the most sought after players currently plying his trade outside the top five European leagues. The centre-back was commanding for Basel as they travelled to Anfield with everything to play for.

He made three blocks, two tackles, six clearances and made three interceptions as he inspired Basel to qualification from the group. Whether he will be there to take part in the last 16 with Basel is another question altogether.

Edinson Cavani

Match: Barcelona 3-1 PSG
Performance: Poor

Possibly one of the more outlandish of transfer targets for Arsene Wenger, who already boasts an embarrassment of riches in attack, but let's not let reality get in the way here - we've got word counts to meet!

Cavani had another poor game for PSG, again shifted out on the wing as Zlatan Ibrahimovic did the business, grabbing what turned out to be a consolation for the France champions.

Aymeric Laporte

Match: Athletic Club 2-0 BATE
Performance: Excellent

Aymeric Laporte is so good that Athletic Club have bent their rules on having non-Basque players playing for them. Last night's performance is testament to why they made such an exception.

The 20-year-old was commanding as the Spanish side crashed out of the Champions League in style. Arsenal scouts would have been impressed with this rising star, who looks capable well beyond his tender years. However, a £32 million price tag could block his path to the Emirates.

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