It might be too early to talk about transfers but with less than 2 months until the window opens, Arsene Wenger will surely be eyeing a few players ahead of a potential January swoop.
Arsenal have started the season fairly well, they are two points off the top of the league and have already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League. But for the Gunners to go the distance it seems they may yet still need reinforcements. There still appears to be a lack of quality in wide and attacking areas.
I would suggest that a realistic transfer target is Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge. 27-year-old Sturridge is now entering the prime years of his career, but he cannot get in the team regularly at Liverpool due to Klopp’s new adapted style of play. Liverpool are unlikely to consider the player unsellable considering he is only a fringe player under Klopp, and Arsenal could offer a high amount of money that Klopp could use to re-invest in his squad. I think the player would be keen to move to London and join a club where he is likely to play more of an important role and I don’t think Klopp will stand in his way if the money is right.
The likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain continue to frustrate for Arsenal and someone like Sturridge, who can perform at a high level as a striker or a winger, would be a good addition in my opinion. Walcott needs to find his form and Alexis needs to prove he can perform as a striker in the big games. Find out if Alexis can do it on the big stage at Old Trafford after the international break, there’s still tickets available here.
It would be a Welbeck-esque signing, and when Welbeck has been fit, he has been a fantastic addition to the squad. I think Sturridge is more clinical too and could definitely become Arsenal’s first choice striker.
Wenger may point to Lucas and Welbeck returning at around Christmas time, but we know that injuries can strike so fast and they can be devastating – adding someone of Sturridge’s quality to the squad can only be a good thing.
Arsenal’s system would allow Sturridge to be more expressive in his attacking play and I think that would bring the best out in him. He could even partner Alexis Sanchez in a lethal attacking duo – in a similar way to how he did with Luis Suarez in that season where he nearly won the title.