Arsenal Prioritizes Midfield Strengthening in January Transfer Window, Confirms Gilberto Silva
Arsenal is set to prioritize strengthening their midfield in the upcoming January transfer window, according to former player Gilberto Silva. Speculation had suggested that Arsenal would focus on signing a new striker due to concerns over Gabriel Jesus’ durability. However, Silva’s comments indicate that the club is now more likely to focus on bolstering their engine room.
Unlikely Targets and Current Challenges
Arsenal had previously been linked with a move for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz, but a deal seems unlikely due to Brentford’s £80 million valuation and Chelsea’s interest. Additionally, Mikel Arteta’s plan to replace Granit Xhaka with Kai Havertz has not yielded positive results so far this season. The latest setback in Thomas Partey’s fitness has also increased pressure on Havertz and Jorginho, whose contract is nearing its end.
Short Window and Competitive Market
Silva emphasized the challenges of the January transfer window, describing it as a short and specific timeframe. He compared the process to fishing, where clubs need to quickly identify and acquire the right players who can make an immediate impact. Silva acknowledged that Arsenal’s technical director, Edu, and the club’s staff are working diligently to identify suitable targets based on data analysis.
Despite the challenges, Arsenal is reportedly planning a renewed attempt to sign Douglas Luiz from Aston Villa. The club had previously tried to secure his signature 14 months ago but was unsuccessful.
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