Four victories in the last five Premier League fixtures is a much-needed return to form for Arsenal who find themselves in the midst of a serious battle for a top four finish. While Chelsea and Manchester City have raced clear of the chasing back, the Gunners are one of six teams who are currently fighting it out for the two remaining Champions League spots. Remaining consistent is imperative for Arsenal as the business stage of the season begins, and with several key fixtures on the horizon, it could be the perfect time for Arsene Wenger to utilise the remaining few days of the January transfer window to bolster his squad. With Villarreal centre-back Gabriel Paulista on the verge of arriving at the Emirates for an estimated £14 million, as reported in the article, it remains to be seen if the Brazilian is the beginning of a late flurry of arrivals for Arsenal.
As Sami Khedira continues to cut a frustrated figure on the bench at Real Madrid, it could be the perfect opportunity for Wenger to make a real push to bring the German international to the club. The 27-year-old has been a long-term target due to his undoubted qualities as a defensive midfielder – an area which Arsenal could certainly do with an injection of true quality, strength and leadership. Although Francis Coquelin has emerged from relative obscurity to shine in recent weeks, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby’s injury problems have left Wenger short of options in an area where Arsenal’s protection of the back four has, at times, fallen short of the required standards. It, therefore, makes any move for Khedira logical, particularly as the combative midfielder would undoubtedly jump at the chance to secure regular first team football elsewhere. Arsenal may need to make a move soon, however, as rumours persist of Khedira being offered by Real Madrid in a potential player-plus-cash offer for Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus.
Another Real Madrid star who could be attracted by a move to Arsenal is Karim Benzema who, despite being a regular at the Bernabau, has never really felt appreciated by the club or its fans. The French international has finally fulfilled his potential and developed into one of the most lethal strikers in the world, but with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo stealing all the headlines in Spain, his goal-scoring contributions are often overlooked. Benzema is also believed to have a desire to play in the Premier League at some point in his career, which would significantly increase Arsenal’s chances of pulling off a major coup if they made a move before the February 2nd deadline.