So after the stunning display against Hull City, everyone has accepted the need for Arsenal to sign more defensive cover. With Wenger also seemingly agreeing to reinforce the side in January, the rumour mill has gone into overdrive linking players with a move to the Emirates. These are the biggest rumours of today:
Talented youngster Adrien Rabiot of PSG is reportedly considering his future and pondering his options for the January transfer window. He had been strongly linked with a move to AS Roma, but is keeping his options open; and the final decision rests with his mother, who is also his agent.
The 19-year old’s current contract expires in June 2015 and he is unlikely to sign a new one, which means the French champions will almost certainly look to offload him in January. He had previously called Roma a great club, but now seems to be looking towards Arsenal as well.
Rabiot is predominantly a central midfield player who is very versatile. He can be used as a holding midfielder, or an attacking midfielder. Arsene Wenger’s team are a bit lightweight when it comes to the holding midfield position, and Rabiot’s signature could solve the problem as he is young, dynamic and fits the bill.
Sami Khedira could still end up joining Arsenal as it’s up to him to decide whether he wants to sign a contract extension with Real Madrid or not. Manager Carlo Ancelotti revealed that if the player chose to stay on he would be offered an extension otherwise he was free to leave.
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That would make Khedira a free agent next year which could open the door for Arsenal to pay his exorbitant wages if they manage to sign him for no fee at all. However, the Gunners will face stiff competition from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
And according to this report, the Gunners are set to renew their interest in summer target Morgan Schneiderlin. The Gunners tried hard to bring the youngster to the Emirates, like his clubmate Calum Chambers, but a disagreement with Southampton over transfer fees saw the deal fall through.
But with the mounting injury problems and a porous defence, Arsenal are set to pay up to £25 million in order to tempt the Saints into selling. Schneiderlin was also tipped to leave during the mass exodus over the summer, but was retained by the Saints after they staved off serious interest from Tottenham.
Schneiderlin is yet to miss a minute of the Saints’ season, and in the face of their big exits in the summer window, he has risen to become a more essential figure than ever under Koeman. In eight games, the midfielder has scored three goals and created five chances, not to mention attempted 66 tackles and maintained a pass accuracy of 89 percent.
What do you think? Should we sign any of these players?