Current position: 5th
Money: £30 million.
One thing is for certain, there is money in the bank should Arsene Wenger wish to improve his squad in January. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker have come in to the team and performed amicably, but there is still a gap in the side which was left by the departing Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the summer.
There are also still question marks over Andre Santos at left-back and therefore Wenger could enter the market for a full-back with Everton’s Leighton Baines high on his wish-list. The Gunners boss is also keen to add more invention to his midfield and has identified Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze as the man to fill the hole, but it is unlikely the German club will let their star man leave for any less than £40 million. And with Wenger unprepared to pay such an amount, he may miss out once more on one of his top targets.
Wenger has also looked at the possibility of securing a central midfielder, but with Jack Wilshere on the way back from fitness, that may not be an immediate concern. The quicker they can get the England international back into the team, the better off they will certainly be.
A striker also remains a necessity with the club’s over reliance on star man and captain Robin Van Persie. Koln’s German forward Lukas Podolski is high on the list while Lille striker Moussa Sow and Chelsea’s Salomon Kalou remain targets. After early season devastation for the Gunners, they have slowly returned to top form, and with a few tweaks to the squad, they could again become a side to be reckoned with.
Wenger very rarely does serious business in January but with teams around him struggling, he could see the window as an ideal chance to push his team into the top four.
End of season predicition: 5th.