Although few have backed Arsenal to claim safe passage to the quarter-finals of the Champions League this season, Arsene Wenger and his current Gunners outfit have impressed steadily in the Premier League this season.
However, as the Gunners notoriously endured a rather fruitless transfer period last summer, the long-term Emirates Stadium boss must now have a relatively flexible range of resources at his disposal should any potential January target happen to appear upon the Gunners’ radar in January.
So, if a selection of recent reports are to be believed, and Arsenal are in-fact considering the £52million capture of both Granit Xhaka and Adrien Rabiot this January, then could the Emirates Stadium play host to the Premier League title winners come the end of the season?
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Well, even though both Xhaka and Rabiot wouldn’t come cheap at £37m and £15m respectively, perhaps this is the move to guarantee victory for the Gunners come the end of the current campaign.
Both players represent assets more than worthy of playing at the Emirates, and would arguably install that convincing slice of dominance the Gunners have often been lacking throughout recent seasons.
With each of Xhaka and Rabiot on board this term, Francis Coquelin will finally have some company when it comes to successfully keeping the holding midfield role in check for Arsene Wenger.
Granit Xhaka is the type of no-nonsense ball-playing midfielder that any Premier League side would love to call their own. Via his dominant approach in the middle of the park and efficient style when bringing possession out from the back, the 23-year-old Switzerland international has amassed a great deal of attention from some of Europe’s finest clubs.
His reported £37million price-tag therefore arrives as a telling indication of how much Xhaka is currently valued down at Borussia Monchengladbach this season.
In regards to Adrien Rabiot, the equally gifted French midfielder could easily be imagined playing at the Emirates in the not too distant future, arguably based simply on first impressions alone. The 20-year-old PSG talent is incredibly composed with the ball at his feet, he often looks confident when striding past players in the middle of the park, and can also spot a fine pass with sharp intelligence.
Such an ambitious double swoop would set Arsenal back quite a bit financially, but as big money signings don’t exactly take place with every passing transfer window at the Emirates, perhaps the Gunners have finally been tempted to spend this season in light of their strong position at the top of the league table.
With both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil also solidly in the first team fold for Arsene Wenger, surely there is due cause for great expectation in and around the Emirates.
However, it ultimately remains hard to imagine both players signing this summer, with Basel’s Mohamed Elneny also expected to be finalising his reported move to the Emirates in the next few days as well.
The 23-year-old Egyptian international has received a great deal of game time predominantly as a holding midfielder, so unless Arsene Wenger has some rather surprise plans in mind this season, it’s difficult to envisage all three players being desperately needed.
Even if one of the aforementioned stars does end up becoming little more than lose speculation for the Emirates faithful to ponder upon, maybe some sharp winter movement lies in store for Gunners fans this January one way or another.