5 players Arsenal should have targeted in January
Arsenal brought in two players but they were mainly replacements, here are 5 players they should have actually targeted
Arsenal may well have brought in both, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Abuameyang in what will be seen as a rather successful January transfer window, but they arguably missed a trick in a couple of other positions.
It’s clear their defensive woes remain, as the result at Swansea showed on Tuesday night. However, Wenger still chose to ignore the defensive issues at the club. The team is struggling to score goals too, so it’s somewhat understandable he brought in attackers to immediately replace Alexis Sanchez’s output, but their defensive unit remains a problem.
That being said, here are 5 players the Gunners should have targeted in January:
#5 Jean Seri
Jean Seri would have been an impressive signing for the Gunners in the transfer window, and could have made an immediate impact on the side.
Arsenal and Arsene Wenger have seen a resurgence in Jack Wilshere’s form, which has been welcomed, but the club has clearly lost an edge defensively. Even moving to a three in midfield and including Mohamed Elneny, the team are struggling to defend as a unit without an out-and-out defensive midfielder.
Granit Xhaka has seen regular game time whilst he has struggled immensely, mainly because there are no other players to replace him in the Arsenal squad.
If Seri was to arrive at Arsenal, he could displace Xhaka and make him work harder to keep his place in the team. Otherwise, he could join him in midfield and improve his game as he would be able to focus more on his passing and less on defending, which he has found difficult since coming to England.
Seri is excellent and hard-working both on and off the ball, something Arsenal are seemingly lacking currently with most of their midfielders mostly interested in attacking.
The transfer window may have ended now, but it would have been the right decision by Wenger to try and bring in Seri midway through the season. It could now be an option for Arsenal to try and buy the Ivorian this summer instead, as they try and rebuild their squad.