The past few months saw some big-name players make big moves in the transfer window, with the dead-line day signing of Radamel Falcao to Manchester United making the headlines.
There were also early deals which sent a clear message of a club’s intentions, such as Chelsea signing La Liga’s Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas to make them favourites for the Premier League title.
However, even with the window just finished, clubs are already planning on players to target once the transfer market reopens in January.
Arsenal over the course of the past few months have been heavily linked with a defensive midfielder and a striker, but the only big name entry was Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.
Will Arsene Wenger go big in the winter transfer market if the Gunners are behind in the title race? Or will his stubbornness get the better of him (again) and let fans see his side trail off after a good start?
Here are SIX transfers Arsenal could complete in January…
The transfer for Edinson Cavani will depend greatly on the performance of new £16million man Danny Welbeck, as if the Englishman scores regularly it is very unlikely Arsene Wenger will splash the cash on the Paris Saint-Germain star.
However on the other hand, the availability of Cavani will also depend on his happiness playing second-fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The Uruguayan is frustrated playing out of position on the wings, which could open the door for a possible swoop.
Cavani would be an excellent acquisition for any club, but if the Gunners really want to challenge for the title, Welbeck leading the forward line is not on the same level as Radamel Falcao for Man United or Sergio Aguero for City.
World Cup winner Sami Khedira was close to an Arsenal move during the summer, only for the German’s salary demands too high for the Gunners.
Despite the failed transfer, it is very likely that Arsene Wenger will go in for another crack to bring the Real Madrid midfielder to the Emirates.
The Gunners are still without a true player to sit in front of the back four as an anchorman, but Khedira offers much more as he combines technical ability with defensive contribution.
Also with a starting berth at Madrid extremely competitive, Khedira could lower his wage demands and makes a switch to the Premier League.
Another defensive midfielder linked with Arsenal all summer, William Carvalho would be the perfect replacement for an aging Mathieu Flamini.
The Portugal international is the perfect definition of an anchorman, a midfield destroyer who is also capable of precision passing.
Sporting Lisbon have already rejected several bids from the Gunners, but have reportedly lowered their asking price from the £35million release clause to £24million in the attempts to offload the player before he runs out his contract.
If the Gunners aren’t in the top three during December, expected another raid for the 22-year-old come January.
Morgan Schneiderlin has publically made his feelings known that he wants a move away from Southampton, but due to the mass exodus early in the transfer window at the St. Mary’s, the Frenchman was blocked from making an exit.
The want-away midfielder would be the perfect alternative to Sami Khedira, playing in a similar style but would not command such a high salary.
Schneiderlin would also blend in quite well with the young Gunners squad, and with Tottenham Hotspur also hot on the trail for the 24-year-old, Wenger should act quick to sign the highly-rated star.
Marco Reus has been linked to every top Premier League club during the summer window, but his style of play and the amount of German players at Arsenal make the Emirates the perfect destination for the attacking midfielder.
The 25-year-old is extremely quick, technical, and possesses a deadly finish. His versatility also allows him to be deployed anywhere in the attacking third, and would already have experience combining with the likes of Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski.
The Borussia Dortmund star also has a low £20million buy-out clause that will be activated next summer, which will open a bidding war from all over Europe for his signature.
If Arsenal want to be on the same level as the likes of Chelsea or Man City, Arsene Wenger will need to bring out his cheque-book.
Out of the four defensive positions, opponents will be aiming Arsenal’s left-back as a chink in their defensive armour.
Kieran Gibbs is first choice, but although he possesses speed and tenacity, the youngster does have occasional lapses in concentration defensively. But that isn’t the biggest issue, as Gibbs also has the tendency to be on the injury table.
A move for Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez could therefore benefit the Gunners, as the Switzerland international is a marauding left-back that will fit Arsenal’s attacking style of football.
Last season the 22-year-old made 34 league appearances, scoring five goals and providing another nine assists, impressive for a defender.