Arsene Wenger may have pulled of the transfer of the season this summer – and we in the Football Transfer Tavern were suitably impressed with the arrival of Mesut Ozil, but there is more work to be done.
This week, we have been taking advantage of the cold weather and spending our time at the bar, discussing potential transfer targets for January.
Arsenal, as our landlord reminds us, have a fair bit of dosh still to spend, and we have already named some top talent that could be on its way to the Emirates Stadium going forward.
Putting big names such as Karim Benzema aside, we have decided to have a look at some of the younger players Arsene Wenger has been showing interest in. Apt really, given the Gunners have just reached the fourth round of the League Cup, where we all know they love to play their young, rising stars.
Over a game of pool, our punters note that with Sky Sports and BT Sport, not to mention the Internet allowing us to see coverage of all the top leagues around Europe, it is easier than ever for us to all play scouts and sniff out the best talents around.
This is not to mention the Champions League group stages where we can see outrageously talented young players strut their stuff in the biggest club competition of all.
With that in mind, we have put down our pints long enough to compile a list of the five rising stars that Arsenal fans may well see their club linked with this January and beyond.
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