According to talksport, Arsenal are pondering a January move for a new midfield lynchpin and the desired target is Napoli’s midfielder Gokhan Inler who the gunners are now very close to signing according to talksport. Arsene Wenger is a known long-term admirer of the Swiss international, and was linked with a swoop for his signature over the summer after missing out on his signature when he moved to Udinese some seasons back.
Arsenal are lightweight in the defensive midfield department and the injury to Flamini had left the Gunners severely exposed in recent matches. This coupled with the setback suffered by Abou Diaby in his recovery from cruciate ligament injury. A rugged holding midfielder is believed to be a priority for Wenger, and Inler is the ideal man for the job.
The 28-year-old has developed a reputation for his tough-tackling approach in Serie A, where he is regarded as one of the division’s top midfield marshals. Turkish giants Galatasaray are also keen, but it is thought that a move to England would be more appealing to Inler. A fee of £12.5m is thought to be enough to secure the Napoli man, which would barely make a dent in Wenger’s rumoured £40m-50m winter war chest.
Inler would face competition from the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta but in reality, the real threat to his first team place will be Flamini but owing to the fact that he will be ineligible to play for the Gunners in the Champions League after representing Napoli in the same competition this season, Wenger might just deploy him for the Premier League games while he Flamini faces the Champions League tests.