Arsenal transfer news: January 6th 2015

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Arsenal fans are patiently waiting for Arsene Wenger to do the right thing and spend a little money in the January window.

We're only a couple of days in, but the needs for the Gunners have been so glaringly obvious for so long now. But maybe it was too much to hope Wenger would have his top targets identified, lined up and signed this early.

Mathieu Flamini is not the long-term answer at defensive midfield (he's not even a good short-term answer) while Arsenal have been ravaged by injury in defence, highlighting the need for at least one more centre-back.

So what does the transfer rumour landscape look like for Arsenal fans? Well, it's not that promising.

Sky Sports reported today that Wenger has seen a second bid for Polish teenager Krystian Bielik knocked back this morning. Brilliant, another 17-year-old prospect, exactly what Arsenal need.

Well, in perhaps a non-too-subtle attempt to jazz up this potential arrival, media reports have been referring to the 17-year-old defensive midfielder as the 'new Patrick Vieira'.

I'm sure he's a great prospect, but Arsenal need someone who can come into the first-team and contribute straight away. Bielik is not that.

OK, what else is there? Oh, FFS. Headline: Arsenal want teenage star dubbed the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo'.

18-year-old Goncalo Guedes has broken through at Benfica and is the next big thing of Portuguese football. Cue the inevitable Ronaldo comparison.

According to reports in England, Arsenal and Liverpool are the two clubs in for him. He's got a release clause of £40m, so must be half decent. Unfortunately a teenage winger is not exactly what Arsenal need as they battle to secure a Champions League spot for the millionth season in a row.

Wait, what's this? A confirmed deal! A confirmed deal! Two confirmed deals! Thank you oh blessed Wenger, deliverer of top four finishes, enemy of meaningful trophies

OK, that was exciting. Now back down to earth.

Arsenal have signed academy stars Chiori Johnson and Tyrell Robinson to their first professional contracts, tying them to the club for the long-term. That's great, but the Gunners did kind of have a head start as they were training with the club already.

Robinson is a winger, Johnson a right-back. Coming to the first-team at some point in the not too distant future. Or, more likely, coming to a League One ground near you in the not too distant future.

Elsewhere, the Daily Express is reportedly some kind of mangled transfer triangle between Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea that is threatening to bring the January window down in on itself black-hole style.

If you follow their thinking, Arsenal's potential £64m bid for Isco (don't laugh) could stop Manchester United from spending a possible £100m on Gareth Bale (stay with me), which in turn will harm Chelsea's January hopes of raiding the Bernabeu, but while Real Madrid would actually prefer to sell Bale over Isco, they're more likely to find serious interest in Isco, who also wanted by Manchester City as Manuel Pellegrini worked with the playmaker at Malaga. Deep breath.

Untangling that mess brought back memories of watching Interstellar with a hangover.

OK, some of the incomings don't sound too promising, what about the outgoings? Well, there's always Yaya Sanogo. Good old Yaya Sanogo.

When he's not injured or scoring four goals in a Emirates Cup friendly, he can be found on the Arsenal bench, kicking his heels. Well, according to Bordeaux's club president the forward is not happy with this and wants to move to France on loan.

Bordeaux have set a deadline of tomorrow for Arsenal to decide on their loan offer, with Wenger reportedly waiting to see if there's any Premier League interest.

And that's it. Slim pickings for Arsenal fans at the moment, but there's plenty of time left yet!

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