Arsenal handed ‘unique opportunity’ ahead of January window

Arsenal may have a “unique opportunity” to mount a serious title challenge if they make the right transfers in the January transfer window, according to Sky Sports reporter Dharmesh Sheth.

The Gunners have outperformed expectations so far this season, and they currently lead the way in the Premier League, five points clear at the summit, with the season now paused for the upcoming World Cup.

What is the latest news involving Arsenal?

As we approach the January transfer window, Arsenal have been linked with a number of different players to give them the firepower to continue their push for their first league title since the Arsene Wenger era.

A potential move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk has been a prominent story recently, however The Athletic revealed that the Ukrainian side want £87m for their prized asset, which may have dealt a blow to the chances of an agreement being reached.

Edu Gaspar has recently been appointed to the post of Sporting Director at the Emirates, and the Brazilian has had his sights set on Palmeiras midfielder Danilo, with talks said to be in an advanced stage, according to 90min.

The same report indicates that Youri Tielemans is another option in the upcoming window, while Sport Witness claim that Arsenal have an advantage in the race to sign Corinthians defender Robert Renan, due to Edu having a good relationship with the club.

What has Sheth said about Arsenal?

Sheth claims that January additions could prove decisive in whether Arsenal take advantage of the fantastic position they have put themselves in up to this point, telling GIVEMESPORT:

“I think this could be a unique opportunity for Arsenal this season, and who knows, if one or two players do become available in the window just to strengthen that squad, it could be the difference.

Which players should Arsenal sign?

Mudryk is a fantastic prospect, displaying his creative talents in the Ukrainian Premier League by helping himself to five goals and six assists in 10 league outings this season, leading him to be labelled as a “talent in process” by Shakhtar CEO Sergie Palkin, before stating that he has only reached “60%” of his potential so far.

However, Arsenal already have a fantastic starting option at left-wing in Gabriel Martinelli, and the fee that Mudryk’s club are demanding for him is not worth paying for a player who may not start every match.

As such, Arteta should prioritise the signing of Tielemans from Leicester, as he is likely to be available for much less than what he is worth, due to his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The “magnificent” central-midfielder would be another great option, and he has proven Premier League experience, so he would be able to slot right in next to either Granit Xhaka or Thomas Partey at the base of midfield.

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