Arsenal are actively looking to strengthen their squad for the winter market and the focus is on a defensive midfielder. With Thomas Partey’s ongoing injuries, Mikel Arteta is urgently looking to improve a problematic position in the team, particularly in support of Declan Rice.
Although much of the media attention has focused on Arsenal’s need to bolster their attack with a new striker, Arteta’s real plans point to the midfield. Jurrien Timber’s injury could prompt Arsenal to look for a new defender, but the priority is to strengthen the defensive midfield position.
Mikel Arteta wants a defensive midfielder
The season began with the expectation that the partnership between Thomas Partey and the summer signing would be crucial to Arsenal’s midfield. However, Partey’s ongoing fitness issues have left Arteta with limited options and is in desperate need of reinforcements in the position.
Recent speculation has linked Arsenal with several players for the job, including Fulham’s Joao Palhinha, Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz and Ruben Neves. Although Luiz is the primary target, negotiating his stay at Aston Villa will not be easy.
Zubimendi, who likes Arsenal the most
The name Martín Zubimendi outside England has emerged as a viable option. The Spaniard’s termination clause could make completing the transfer easier. Arteta prefers someone with Premier League experience but options are few and far between.
Despite the obstacles, Arteta is hopeful the club will complete a move for Douglas Luiz when conditions are favorable. Overall, Arsenal appear determined to prioritize signing a new defensive midfielder in January to boost their prospects in the current season. The transfer window represents a crucial opportunity for the Gunners to strengthen their squad and overcome the challenges ahead in the second half of the season.