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Arsenal have a shortlist in place for January, £4.05m-rated defender is a key target – report

The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern think that the January transfer window could determine their side’s level of success this season. It’s been a solid season so far for the Gunners, but they remain some way off Premier League frontrunners Man City and Chelsea, with major improvement needed.

January offers the perfect opportunity for the Gunners to bring in a few new faces, and according to Mohamed Bouhafsi over on Twitter, they are looking to do just that. Bouhafsi reports that Arsenal have a shortlist of targets in mind for January, with FSV Mainz 05 defender Abdou Diallo reportedly a key target.

Abdou Diallo, who is rated at £4.05 million by Transfer Markt, is a 21-year-old centre-half, hinting that Arsenal are preparing for the future, and he has looked good so far this season. He has made 15 starts in the Bundesliga this term, chipping in with two goals along the way.

Standing at over 6ft tall, the Frenchman is a strong contender in the air, whilst his quality on the ball is also evident. He’s already a regular in Germany, despite his relative youth, which bodes well for his long-term prospects.

Clearly, Arsenal have a few targets in mind, but Diallo could well be a priority option for the Gunners, at least if Mohamed Bouhafsi is to be believed.

Landlord’s Verdict

Arsenal have a fair few defenders, but their inconsistency at the back is a concern.

The likes of Rob Holding and Calum Chambers have done very little to suggest that they are ready to feature regularly for their side, and so Arsene Wenger is clearly working to solve his defensive problems.

A move for Diallo makes sense. He’s young, experienced and talented – so he ticks all the boxes.

Arsenal fans – thoughts?
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