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Wenger Draws-up Four-Man January Shopping List With Huntelaar & Reina Top Targets

By on December 4, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Arsene Wenger has drawn up a four-man short-list for January.

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Arsene Wenger has drawn-up a four-man short-list as he prepares to try and salvage Arsenal’s season by dipping into the transfer market in January, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners currently sit 10h int eh Premier League table after Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Swansea making it Arsenal’s worst start in the Frenchman’s era at the club. Wenger has confirmed he will have funds to buy when the window re-opens in January and the Mail claim he has already identified his targets.

Top of his wish-list is Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar who has been watched extensively by Arsenal scouts in recent weeks. Wenger has spoken in depth with chief scout Steve Rowley over the player, and has made his mind-up to make a move this winter.

Huntelaar is out of contract in the summer and despite Schalke’s attempts to tie him down to an extension, the 29-year-old seems likely to move on and could be available for as little as £6m next month. However, Liverpool and Tottenham are also in for the former Real Madrid man and will fight Arsenal all the way for his signature.

Wenger will also aim to bring Gunners legend Thierry Henry back to the club for a third time on a short-term loan deal to cover for Gervinho while he’s away with the Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations.

The two remaining players who make-up Wenger’s most wanted list are Crystal Palace starlet Wilfried Zaha and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina. Arsenal will open the bidding for Zaha with a £9m offer but the Londoners will face stiff competition for the 20-year-old with several Premier League clubs tracking the highly-rated attacker.

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Wenger is also in the market for an expereinced goalkeeper who can push Wojciech Szczesny for the No.1 jersey and is poised to move for long-term target Pepe Reina, but whether Liverpool will be prepared to sell remains to be seen.

Would Arsenal fans like to see Huntelaar, Henry, Zaha and Reina come to the club in January? Get involved in the comments section.

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21 Comments

  1. akinkunmi azeez

    December 4, 2012 at 8:16 am

    I tnk bringn does 4 player w help arsenal move 4word bt i still wnt wenger 2 bring in quality defender as well.

  2. Bud

    December 4, 2012 at 8:17 am

    We need a driving midfielder…. Is everyone forgetting we were only good this season when Diaby was fit and in the side…. Driving us forward down the middle and turning defence into attack with the ball at his feet, not passing it wide all game making our game transparent to everyone we play?!

    • Gooner jack

      December 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

      Bang on the money! But who? Fellani…

  3. Bud

    December 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

    And preferably one over 5ft 3″ !!

  4. Poje1

    December 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

    I feel Huntelaar wuld mk a perfect addition to the goal barren attacking line-up, dutch attackers have always flourished in Arsenal. I wuld really luv 2 see Huntelaar sign 4 Arsenal.

  5. AyPeters

    December 4, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Pepe Reina is not needed in Arsenal but Zaha n Huntelaar is good for d gunners. Thierry Henry is old n wil only be makin Psychological impact as an xperience player but wil not mak field impact

    • Gooner jack

      December 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

      The Henry link is BS, wenger has categorically said he has no intention, he only said he wouldn’t rule it out

  6. Poje1

    December 4, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I feel Huntelaar would make a perfect addition to the goal barren attacking line-up, dutch attackers have always flourished in Arsenal. I wuld really luv 2 see Huntelaar sign 4 Arsenal.

  7. Mwenda

    December 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Its a perfect idea for wenger to sign huntelaar,saha and pepe but theirry will juz make psychological effects 2 opponents.

  8. Kenyan gunnaholic

    December 4, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Huntelaar can fit in Arsenal. we also need i box 2 box mid and defender.

  9. ken

    December 4, 2012 at 9:24 am

    df mildfild is most needed 6 fit upword not 4 fit 5 fit players again plz.left back striker saha/ will get back without pepe who is him?liverpool keeper lol

  10. Patrick maloba

    December 4, 2012 at 9:27 am

    i think Hunterlaar will be a good signing 4 Arsenal, with Carzola, Rosicky, Diaby, Wilshear and Arteta Arsenal will be back strongly.

  11. Temple G Omhoudu

    December 4, 2012 at 9:35 am

    For me i think arsen wenger should bring the 4 mentioned players except 4 pepe Reina whome i don’t think we need 4 nw.

  12. ken

    December 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

    most problem we are having in our team presently is physiological of some players in the team.they ability to help the defenc imagine ramsy,gervinho.giruiod never care get to win any ballback when he loses a ball ,rosisky and arshavin look small but they ability of defending is in high rate finally we need box to box left back and defensive m.f

  13. SuaRed

    December 4, 2012 at 10:07 am

    1. Why would Liverpool sell Reina???
    2. Why would Reina leave Liverpool?

    Aresenal are pants…lol

  14. Carl

    December 4, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Please say ur joking when u say we need pepa the bloke is a joke don’t get me wrong on he’s day he is good but overall he would be worst than what we got. Y not Jake butland?real comp for shezney. Huntalaar would be great for us. Strootman for our dm role be would be great addition and already plays our football. Also gotze from dortmund and m’bia from Montpellier then were ready for the total for years to come but as we all no that’s not guns happen jus wishful thinking arsenal till I’m cold

  15. Elisha s yashim

    December 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    While, is a nice decision, bt will inssist for wenger to sign, lopez, demba ba, klaas, nd any order player,henry, no is fade player, we need good nd denamic player, we need trophies.

  16. hal

    December 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Huntelaar – yes although any decent striker would do
    Zaha – yes young, quick and skilful winger
    Reina – sure experienced competition for Szczesny
    Henry – Maybe would rather have someone more permanent

    Only question is why not Lewis Holtby from Schalke as well? I think his contract is also running out in the summer and he is very good creative centre mid or wide player

  17. justice ato annan

    December 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    the midfield needs reinforcements

  18. temi-tope

    December 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    arsenal need 1 da baba 2 tiote 3 cavani

  19. Epyon1980

    December 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Reina will not be bought as competition. Reina will be the No. 1 keeper for Arsenal, provided Wenger is willing to pay the >20m price plus Walcott for him.

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