Fact or fiction: Arsenal’s January transfer targets

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Having recovered from their worst start to a league campaign, Arsenal’s dramatic recovery in form sees them now vying for a top four spot alongside the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea and Liverpool.

With the January transfer window fast approaching the Gunners are constantly being linked with a move to bolster their squad, and GMF is here to run the rule over the validity of the rumours that have filled the papers in recent weeks.

Mario Gotze

Perhaps the most public of Arsene Wenger’s transfer targets this season, the outrageously talented Mario Gotze has had a £30 million price tag slapped on him by Borussia Dortmund.

Under contract until 2014 Wenger will have to put his money where his mouth is to sign one of the brightest stars in German football, something he has been reluctant to do in the past, and prove his intent to spend the £50 million kitty handed to him and drive Arsenal up the table.

Gotze branded his side “stupid” after their Champions League exit this week and may attempt to force through a move himself.

Fact or Fiction: Fact, one of the most likely arrival at the Emirates in January

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew found himself at the heart of one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the Champions League this week as Marseille recovered from 2-0 down to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-2, with Ayew finding the net after 85 minutes to draw the sides level and set up a grand stand finish.

It is just that type of goalscoring coupled with his pace down the wings that have drawn comparisons with Gunners icon Thierry Henry, and Wenger has reportedly been keeping tabs on the Ghanaian youngster for some time in the hope of bringing him to North London.

Arsenal’s interest persists but they reportedly face competition from Bayern Munich, while the player himself has expressed an interest to stay in France.

Fact or Fiction: Genuine interest from Arsenal, but unlikely to happen this January

Gary Cahill

Gary Cahill was on the verge of joining Tottenham over the summer but the move broke at the last minute – and now he is the subject of a three way tussle with Spurs and Chelsea for his signature in January.

Arsenal’s defensive problems are well documented this season even with the arrival of Per Mertesacker, and while Wenger is unlikely to bend over backwards for Cahill with Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny performing so well recently, the fact he should cost only around £7 million may tempt him to toss his hat in the ring.

Fact or Fiction: Arsenal are behind both Chelsea and Tottenham in the queue

Leandro Damiao

The hot-shot Brazilian striker has made quite a name for himself over the past year, scoring 40 goals in 52 games for Brazilian outfit Internacional and is being hotly pursued by a number of clubs in Europe including Tottenham, who have had a £15 million bid turned down already.

Numerous major media sources have reported Arsenal’s interest in the Brazilian international, but his €50 million release clause means he is unlikely to go anywhere this winter.

Fact or Fiction: Almost certainly untrue

Salomon Kalou

One of a reported unwanted Chelsea six, Salomon Kalou could well follow Yossi Benayoun in making the trip from west to north London.

Wenger admitted last year that he tried to bring Kalou to the Emirates in 2009 and may well be tempted to go in for the un-wanted Chelsea man again, although whether it is the signing to ignite Arsenal’s burst for the top four is unlikely.

Fact or Fiction: Could well be wearing an Arsenal shirt come February

Jordie Clasie

20-year-old Jordie Clasie has become a mainstay of the Feyenoord first team after a string of impressive performances that have also attracted the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, including Arsenal. 

However any hope of signing the talented youngster was scuppered when he penned a new deal to keep him with the club until 2015.

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