Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is desperate for some creativity in his side. The Gunners have scored just 10 goals in 12 league games this season, and that isn’t because their strikers are having bad games.
The likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have barely had any service, and that has to change immediately. The January transfer window couldn’t come sooner for Arsenal, and it looks like Arteta already has his targets lined up.
Dominik Szoboszlai’s name has been a popular one in recent weeks. The RB Salzburg star has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, but it looks like he will be heading to RB Leipzig instead in the coming weeks.
As a result, Arteta has focused his attention on two other creative midfielders. Lyon’s Houssem Aouar was very close to joining us in the summer, and Defensa Central claim that he is still Arsenal’s priority target.
Edu and co will try again to sign him, but they have a backup option lined up. The report claims that Arsenal were the last club to enquire about the possibility of signing Real Madrid star Isco.
The Spaniard is suffering the same fate that Gareth Bale did in the Spanish capital. Zinedine Zidane does not want the 28-year-old magician in his squad, and an exit looks imminent ahead of the January window.
Foreign sides have been hesitant to sign Isco due to his steep salary. The Spaniard currently earns £5.4 million a year at the moment which is a lot of money for overseas clubs after the economic impact of the pandemic.
However, that isn’t a big salary to a club like Arsenal at all. We pay over three times that amount to Mesut Ozil who can’t get a game at the moment.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out. Aouar would be the better option on the long-term, but the Frenchman could prove to be too expensive. That makes Isco a more feasible option and the Real Madrid man would be an excellent addition.