Despite, Mikel Arteta and club sporting director Edu Gasper made three major signings in summer transfer window, they failed to bringing in the attacking midfielder, that can add creativity to midfield park.
Because of these, Mikel Arteta’s squad are struggling with a disastrous start to the Premier League campaign that saw them being shockingly involved in the relegation zone in recent weeks, before introduction of academy product Emile Smith-Rowe to No. 10 role.
Since, Smith-Rowe handed opportunities to start against Chelsea on Box Days, Mikel Arteta & co. are won all their last three league games, even the 20-year-old was once again produced a big impression in Saturday’s FA Cup third round 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
The playmaker put Mikel Arteta’s side ahead in 109 minutes before captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the second goal and they progress to next round of the competitions.
However, despite, Smith-Rowe emerged performances, Mikel Arteta and club sporting director Edu Gasper still want to bolster attacking option this month ahead of the second half of the season.
Before the opening of January transfer window, Arsenal are reportedly want to sell some first-team players before making any quality additional to their squad.
These processing are already underway with goalkeeper Matt Macey joined Scottish outfit Hibernian on a permanent deal while Willian Saliba and Sead Kolasinac left on loan for the rest of the season, joining Ligue 1 side Nice and Bundesliga giant Schalke respectively.
Also playmaker Mesut Ozil is on verge to join Fenerbahce while Sokratis eyeing exit from the Premier League giants this month.
For the incoming, Omar Rekik is become first signings while Dortmund’s Julian Brandt and Norwich City playmaker Emi Buendia remains primary targets for north London club.
The Gunners are eager to add a new attacking-midfielder to their ranks, just as they were during the summer transfer window. Throughout the summer, Arsenal, who will be looking to record a fifth successive victory in all competitions when they face Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday evening, were keen to add a new central attacking-midfielder to their ranks in the form of Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar, who scored seven goals and contributed nine assists in all competitions last season.
But despite the Gunners’ best efforts, they were unable to strike a deal with the French outfit, eventually opting to prioritise a move for Thomas Partey instead. Nevertheless, with goals having been an issue so far this term, Arsenal remain keen on adding a new attacking option to the squad this month, with Norwich star Emiliano Buendia has been watched by Gunners chief on several occasions but no formal approach has yet been made.
Buendia, 24, is not the only name being linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium this month in an attempt to improve Arsenal’s attacking options, Dortmund’s Julian Brandt and Isco of Real Madrid are other names attracting no shortage of attention.
And should Arsenal win the race to complete the signing of both Julian Brandt and Emi Buendia, it will be a very lucky for entirely of Mikel Arteta’s squad and the arrival of both talented attackers will improve the Gunners in front of goal.
And Should that dream double transfer scenario happen, Buendia would most likely take up the right-wing berth, with Brandy occupying the No.10 position, just behind the lone striker.
But Mikel Arteta may find it hard to automatically hand them a starting line-up, with both Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka in fine form.
As you can see from the graphic above, Emi Buendia would take up residency on the right, a position he has shone brightly in for Norwich this season, and Julian Brandt would play in the central attacking-midfielder position.
It would, of course, mean that Bukayo Saka would switch to the left, with Aubameyang pushed into a central striker role up front. Also, it would mean that Emile Smith-Rowe would be forced to drop to the bench.
Arsenal line-up: Leno; Bellerin, Holding, Gabriel, Tierney; Partey, Ceballos; Brandt, Buendia, Saka; Aubameyang.