Five La Liga stars Arsenal should sign in January

Arsenal, and in particular Arsene Wenger, has been facing a large amount of criticism from the fans in recent weeks as the club with many calling for major signings to be made in January.

The Gunners have been very poor defensively so far this season in the Premier League with a number of injuries causing Wenger’s back line selection to be very limited – so expect a few new additions in that area.

Focusing on the Spanish La Liga, here are FIVE players that can help the squad reach the level everybody is expecting to see at the Emirates.
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Sami Khedira

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Name: Sami Khedira
Age: 27
Position: Defensive Midfield
Nationality: Germany
Club: Real Madrid
Price: £10 – £15 million

Sami Khedira is currently being tracked by a host of Premier League clubs with Chelsea, Manchester City, and Manchester United all keen signing the midfielder. He has generally been overlooked at Real Madrid and could be very interested in joining a team that can offer him first team football.

His contract expires at the end of this season and if Madrid cannot extend his deal, they could risk him leaving for free unless they sell him in January instead. It is likely that Khedira will be a subject of a bidding war once the transfer window opens at the start of the new year.

Grzegorz Krychowiak

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Name: Grzegorz Krychowiak
Age: 24
Position: Defensive Midfield
Nationality: Poland
Club: Sevilla
Price: £20 – £25 million

Grzegorz Krychowiak is another defensive midfield player Arsene Wenger is keeping tabs on as he continues his search to ensure some stability in front of his already struggling back four. The Sevilla man is one of the many players the club has been tracking in order to replace Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini, both of whom have been average at best this season.

Krychowiak is a regular for Sevilla, featuring in all 14 matches for his side so far this season and could be seen as the perfect fit for Wenger’s formation due to his high work rate. Centre-back is arguably the position where the Gunners are weakest, however signing an anchorman would go a long way to making Arsenal competitive at the top of the Premier League again.

Alessio Cerci

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Name: Alessio Cerci
Age: 27
Position: Attacking Midfield / Forward
Nationality: Italy
Club: Atletico Madrid
Price: £16 million

With Alessio Cerci unable to break into the Atletico Madrid first team, it is believed that he has been placed on the transfer list with the club likely to accept any offers of around the same price they paid Torino for his services.

He has made five substitute appearances this season, failing to start a single match with a number of European clubs beginning to monitor his situation. Cerci scored 13 and provided 10 the previous season in Serie A, but has failed to live up to his name upon his arrival in Spain.

Aymeric Laporte

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Name: Aymeric Laporte
Age: 20
Position: Centre Back
Nationality: France
Club: Athletic Bilbao
Price: £32 million (release clause)

At only 20 years of age, Aymeric Laporte has already secured his first team status in the heart of Athletic Bilbao’s back line and is being tracked by Manchester United and Arsenal. Both the Gunners and the Red Devils see the French defender as a player who could grow into a vital members of their respective squads.

However, Bilbao are looking for a huge sum in order to allow negotiations to take place as they have set the release clause at £32million, a very high price for a young defender. Arsene Wenger will consider this one carefully before splashing the cash, but the club are in desperate need of another quality centre-back.

Raphael Varane

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Name: Raphael Varane
Age: 21
Position: Centre-back
Nationality: France
Club: Real Madrid
Price: £28 – £32 million

Very similar to Aymeric Laporte, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane is another defender that has proven to be already well on the way to becoming part of the next generation of world class centre-backs, and is likely to be open to a La Liga exit because he is getting very little playing time under Carlo Ancelotti.

Should he move to Arsenal, Varane would immediately claim a place in the starting XI. He is already a first teamer in the French national side, and unless Madrid can guarantee his future role, they risk losing a very talented player.