After such a tough start to the season, Arsenal have managed to string three consecutive wins together to push them up the table and ease the pressure on new boss Unai Emery.
While Liverpool and Chelsea splashed the cash in the transfer window, Arsenal made some very solid purchases without really spending too much money. The Gunners have often visited France to discover the best talents but also in recent years, some of Arsenal’s best acquisitions have come from Spain.
Cesc Fabregas instantly springs to mind as one of the Gunners’ best steals from La Liga while former Malaga players, Nacho Monreal and Santi Cazorla have also arguably been two of the best the club have signed over the last decade.
So with that in mind, here are two players from Spain that Arsenal could try to sign in January.
At only 21, Mikel Oyarzabal has already played 114 games for Real Sociedad and is regarded as one of the best talents in Spain at the moment. Last year in La Liga, the winger scored 12 goals while also grabbing three assists as he established himself as the key man for La Real.
While Arsenal’s transfer business over the summer was largely successful, what the club didn’t sign was a direct winger who can chip in with goals and assists. While he may not have Walcott like pace, Oyarzabal is a very clever winger who is great at taking on players in one on one situations.
Moreover, with his ability to play on either wing, Oyarzabal would be a great addition although it would take a fairly sizeable bid to take him away from Spain.
Linked with Manchester United in the past, Carlos Soler has started the season well and grabbed two assists against Levante at the beginning of the month. Despite only being 21, Soler has already established himself as a constant in the Valencia team and could well make the move up to the Spanish first-team this year.
Similar to Koke, Soler has the ability to play in most positions in midfield and so far this season he has primarily played as a right-midfielder. His best position however is a central midfielder who can join in attacks. With Aaron Ramsey yet to sign a new deal at the club, Soler would be a superb replacement to take up that box-to-box role.
Valued at £27 million, signing Soler could be an excellent signing for the Gunners, and one that could help push them back into the Champions League.