Arsenal simply have to secure a top-four spot in the current campaign to avoid the disappointment of another season in the Europa League.
The Gunners managed to strengthen heavily back in the summer transfer window as Unai Emery prepared for the challenges of the current campaign.
However, things haven’t exactly gone to plan as they currently find themselves trailing in the race for a Champions League spot, so the January transfer window will be of huge importance.
Therefore, this month could turn out be a pivotal period for the North London club.
Sven Mislintat has already worked wonders since joining Arsenal as the head of recruitment, so Unai Emery will be relying on him to do the business once again this month.
Interestingly, the Gunners are reportedly interested in a £63 million swoop for James Rodriguez.
Indeed, Aaron Ramsey has been linked with a move away from the Emirates and Mesut Ozil has struggled to reach his full potential this season, so an attacking midfielder is desperately needed in North London.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan has impressed at times but he isn’t the top-tier player that supporters have been used to witnessing in attacking areas over the years.
Arsenal need to try and work their way back into the top-four as Champions League football has been missing for way too long at the Emirates, with Chelsea currently sitting in fourth position.
The Colombian international has established himself as one of the world’s best attacking midfielders in recent times, with goals and assists ever-present in his game. He has become frustrated with his stay at Bayern Munich due to a lack of minutes, so a permanent move could be in the offing.
Nevertheless, Rodriguez would thrive in Emery’s current system at the Emirates as a great passer of the ball, with plenty of space often being created in behind the attackers, so he will have time to get shots on goal and create.
The Gunners could go up a level if the attacker joins as the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette would excel with regular service from the 27-year-old.
Therefore, Champions League football would soon return to the red side of North London if Mislintat pulls off the huge swoop.
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