We’re six days into the January transfer window and Arsenal are yet to get close to a signing. Edu and Mikel Arteta are working very hard to get a creative player in, but things haven’t been easy.
Norwich City’s Emiliano Buendia is reportedly our number one target. (Independent) The £40 million-rated attacker is destined for great things in his career and Arteta believes he is the right man to solve our creative woes.
Signing Buendia would give us a boost in the second half of the campaign. The Argentine, who has mainly featured on the right-wing, could offer us creativity that we have lacked from wide areas for most parts of this season.
However, bringing Buendia in would be a massive blow for a couple of Arsenal players.
We signed Willian in the summer to address our creative woes from out wide. The Brazilian hasn’t had the impact Arteta thought he would and it does look like the Arsenal boss is looking to replace him already.
The biggest blow, however, is to Nicolas Pepe. Unai Emery’s record signing hasn’t been Arteta’s favourite option, and bringing Buendia in will only push him further down the pecking order.
Buendia’s signing will end Pepe’s Arsenal’s career
Arsenal currently have a plethora of options out wide. Pepe, Willian, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe and Ainsley Maitland Niles can all play on the wings.
Buendia’s addition will make it nine first-team wingers which is just too many.
Auba, Saka, Smith Rowe and Martinelli will go nowhere, while Nelson, if he does, could only leave on loan. Maitland-Niles is far too helpful in other areas of the pitch to sell, while Willian’s sale will hardly get us any money.
That leaves us with Pepe. The Ivorian, labelled as ‘fantastic’ by Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg, joined us for £72 million (BBC) at the start of last season. He is still only 25 and has over three years left on his contract.
Arsenal will definitely not make a profit, but we can still demand a good fee for him. That is probably what will happen this summer in order to raise funds, especially if we spend big money on Buendia this month.