With the January transfer window just 17 days away, Arsenal have since been making plans ahead of the winter transfer window.
The injuries that have carved a niche in the Arsenal squad seems to be overflowing its bounds to the stream of our transfer targets, with Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan set to be sidelined for six weeks.
The 25-year old Armenian limped off midway into last weekend’s defeat to Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga, while both teams were still tied in a stalemate. Mkhitaryan, together with Aubameyang and Immobile, have had to shoulder the attacking responsibilities for Klopp’s team this season, with the flickering campaign being enjoyed by Marco Reus. The former Shakhtar Donetsk star, who had once been linked with a move to the Premier League with Liverpool, has been on the Gunners’ radar for a while, with his situation at the Westfalenstadion been routinely under review.
The confirmation by Dortmund that the player had to go off with a hamstring injury, which will require a healing period of six weeks, comes as a blow to Arsenal as he would not be fit enough to be properly assessed before the window shuts down at the end of January, even if he did make a recovery within the period.
Arsenal’s midfield has required crutches with injuries to several stars. Like Mkhitaryan, Ramsey had been ruled out with a hamstring injury which will also keep him out of action till 2015, and the list accommodates the personalities of Mikel Arteta, long-term absentee Jack Wilshere and the soon to return Mesut Ozil.
With barely two weeks before the transfer window for the winter opens, monitoring has even become more intense on targets, especially fitness and health conditions as players will be swapping clubs midway into the season. Wenger wouldn’t want to go the route of signing injured players again, especially how it turned out with Kim Kallstrom last winter, and the early signs from David Ospina.
Mkhitaryan would have been a wonderful option to add to the Gunners’ attack as his pace running through the aisle has caused problems for opposition defenders. The first leg between Arsenal and Dortmund had been all about him in the first half, and he would have easily scored a hat-trick if not for Szczesny’s alertness and a bit of wastefulness on his part. He had come in for a bit of stick from fans for his lack of finishing, though the Dortmund boss continued to back him.
Wenger will now have to look elsewhere for other options to bolster the attack, if indeed there be a need to do so as it is believed we are somewhat even over-staffed going forward. That wouldn’t still stand in the way of viable supplements if the right players become available, at the right prices.
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