Mikel Arteta told where Arsenal need to strengthen in January amid £77m transfer rumours – Football.London

The January transfer window is now just days away and for Arsenal, it’s the perfect chance to strengthen their squad ahead of the remainder of the season.

The Gunners brought six new players in over the summer transfer window, but they continue to be linked with a host of new additions as the New Year dawns on us.

Arsenal supporters seem to want a new striker because of the futures of Alexandre Lacazette, Eddie Nketiah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all being uncertain.

Dusan Vlahovic, who is reportedly valued at £77million by Fiorentina, is someone the Gunners have been credited with an interest in.

However, former Arsenal star Michael Thomas thinks his old club should be prioritising a new central midfielder to play alongside Thomas Partey.

Writing in his column for Just Arsenal, Thomas said: “Arteta needs to seriously think about strengthening in January. As said above, a centre midfielder should be the priority, but to really keep the top four push going, a striker and goal scoring winger could be great additions, also.”

Arsenal have been linked with some central midfielders – including the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Renato Sanches and Adrien Rabiot. At the moment, Partey seems to be Arteta’s go-to man in the middle of the pitch.

Meanwhile, the likes of Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Granit Xhaka seem to be the options to play alongside the Ghanaian midfielder.

Maitland-Niles, though, may be looking at his options when the January transfer window opens, with the midfielder wanting to leave over the summer.

The 24-year-old was a target for Everton, who could reignite their interest in the £10.8million-valued midfielder – which would leave Arsenal short of options in the centre of the park.

Martin Odegaard can play in a deeper position in midfield, but the Norwegian has been so impressive further up the pitch in recent matches.

So, Arsenal could indeed listen to Thomas’ verdict on where they need to strengthen in the January transfer window, but it seems unlikely that the Gunners will spend too much over the winter – with the mid-season window usually quieter than the summer.

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