5 midfielders Arsenal should target in January
Arsenal could still do with more creativity or defensive steel, and here's who they should target in the January transfer window
In the media, it has always been said that Arsenal require a strong defensive midfielder who can screen the back four, and they are partially correct. However, Arsenal, with the way they play, need a defensive midfielder in a similar mould to Fernandinho at Manchester City, because of his technical ability.
In addition to this, they also have the dilemma of Mesut Ozil, who may be leaving the club, meaning a creative midfielder may also be required to fill the void left by the German.
Thus, here are 5 midfielders Arsenal should target this January:
#5 Idrissa Gueye (Everton)
Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye is the perfect example of a defensive midfielder who can also play the Arsenal way. With Everton struggling and Gueye being their standout performer on a regular basis, Arsenal should swoop in and attempt to buy the former Villa midfielder.
Gueye is now into his second season at Everton and is often compared to N’Golo Kante, another player Arsenal were previously interested in. Over the 2016 calendar year, he made the most successful tackles and interceptions out of any player in Europe’s top five leagues.
To win the most tackles and interceptions ahead of Kante, who had won a Premier League title and was on his way to his second, is simply incredible. Those statistics show how fantastic Gueye is as a defensive midfielder and the type of job he does.
Gueye would be the perfect signing for all Arsenal fans. He is very strong in a tackle, but he can also play comfortably with the ball, unlike other defensive midfielders who tackle, but distribute the ball quickly to get rid of it.
He is the player fans have been urging Arsenal to buy for a long time, with the current midfielder partnership of Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey not offering enough solidity for the weak Gunners defence.
Although Gueye has not been at Everton long, a lucrative offer by Arsenal in January may be hard to turn down for the Senegalese international.