Arsenal at present sit fourth within the Premier League desk because the race for UEFA Champions League qualification heats up. The Gunners have failed to qualify for the esteemed European competitors in every of the final 5 seasons, with head coach Mikel Arteta ending eighth in every of his two campaigns within the managerial dugout. Still, the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka have all loved productive performances for the north Londoners, who’re 4 factors forward of fifth-placed West Ham United going into this weekend’s motion. Mikel Arteta’s aspect host reigning champions Manchester City on the Emirates Stadium on New Year’s Day, which additionally signifies the beginning of the January transfer window as technical director Edu will likely be finalising his preparations for any potential incoming and outgoings.
Manchester United have already proven the Brazilian transfer chief how important the winter window can be within the search to secure Champions League soccer, with Portuguese playmaker Bruno Fernandes firing them to a top-four end again within the 2019/20 season after becoming a member of on the flip of the 12 months. The Red Devils had been fifth within the desk when Fernandes signed, six factors behind Chelsea in fourth and 14 factors behind third-placed Leicester City. However, the silky midfielder notched eight objectives and 7 assists to help fireplace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co. to third place by the tip of the season. Perhaps Arsenal ought to look to emulate United within the coming weeks by signing a marquee participant to help get them over the road of their pursuit for Champions League qualification. The Gunners have been linked with various central midfielders, with the likes of Renato Sanches and Bruno Guimaraes amongst these reported to be needed on the Emirates Stadium. Centre-forwards Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Dusan Vlahovic and Jonathan David have additionally been named as potential targets as Arteta’s males are thought to be chasing a striker in 2022, contemplating Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are into the ultimate six months of their contracts with the membership.