Arenal have signed some huge players over the years, but few have been able to make as much of an impact as Lucas Torreira. He’s settled right into his role in the heart of the midfield, and over his last two games – against Tottenham and Man Utd – he’s been one of the best players on the field.
It’s hard to overestimate the influence that he’s had as of late, and he deserves a ton of credit for that. So does, however, Unai Emery and the Arsenal scouting team.
They brought in a few players over the summer, but each of them has had a tremendous impact, and Torreira has undeniably been the most effective.
Over the years, Arsenal have wasted a lot of money on unnecessary captures, but they look to be past that, and given the fact that they’re likely closer to the top-four than they expected, January could prove to be crucial.
If Arsenal bring in a few new faces that are able to have an impact like Torreira, they could force their way back into Europe’s premier competition sooner than they thought.
With that said, Arsenal would get even better with these 2 January signings…
Arsenal brought in Sokratis over the summer, but the veteran defender hasn’t quite done enough to help improve the defence. It’s certainly got better, but it’s not yet close to the likes of Man City or Liverpool’s options.
So, bringing in another option at the back makes a lot of sense, and Milan man Alessio Romagnoli would be a good choice.
At 23-years-old, he’s a player for the present and the future, and though he would cost a hefty sum, he’d undeniably be a great option for years to come.
Comfortable with the ball at his feet, Romagnoli would fit into Emery’s system very well, whilst he’s also incredibly solid at the back more generally. He’d be great alongside someone like Sokratis, and he’d be a real upgrade on Shkodran Musafi.
Nicolas Pepe has been linked with Arsenal over the last couple of weeks, and a move for the winger makes a lot of sense.
He’s a naturally right-sided attacking midfielder, and that’s what Arsenal are lacking at present. Many of their players, like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, prefer to play on the left or through the middle, and so that generally means that at any one time, at least one player is playing out of position on the right.
That obviously isn’t ideal, and Pepe would solve that problem.
He’s played every single one of his 16 league appearances this season on the right, and he’s been in fantastic form. With 10 goals in the league this term, the attacker is a real threat down the flanks.