World Cup winning striker, Premier League midfielder and France defender all top targets at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are looking to recruit some big names in this January transfer window, with Barcelona striker David Villa, Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy and Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa all reportedly on Arsene Wenger’s list this month.
Villa is the top target, thanks to the Gunners recent profligacy in front of goal – the 7-3 thrashing of Newcastle United aside.
Whilst Barcelona appear unwilling to consider a loan deal, a permanent switch could still be on the cards because the Spanish giants are still believed to owe Arsenal money for the Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song transfers.
In addition, Arsene Wenger has recently offloaded the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Johan Djourou which will dramatically reduce the so-called ‘socialist’ wage bill at Emirates Stadium – meaning Villa’s wages of around £110,000 per week are rather more affordable.
Wigan Athletic’s James McCarthy is another intriguing player.
A box-to-box midfielder, Republic of Ireland international McCarthy patrols the centre of the pitch like a terrier.
Against Arsenal this season, the 22 year-old even slotted in to central defence with aplomb as Wigan narrowly lost by a single goal.
It is believed that an £8m bid could persuade Wigan to part with their star player, and McCarthy would add some much needed dynamism to an Arsenal midfield too often accused of lethargy.
In a similar way, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa could offer the Gunners’ defence another dimension.
A technical defender with all the attributes needed to make it to the top, Yanga-Mbiwa ought to be able to slot in well alongside any of Thomas Vermaelen, Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny at centre back.
He could also play the anchor midfield role if required.
Whilst some reports have indicated the Montpellier captain could be available for as little as £3.5 million as the club were eliminated early from the UEFA Champions League, a fee of £9 million seems rather more likely.
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