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Monday 2 March 2015

Arsenal: Potential January transfer targets

Aly Cissokho
Aly Cissokho
A long-term target for Arsene Wenger, Cissokho has once again been linked with a move to Arsenal. Reports suggest Lyon are willing to let the French left-back leave this month. Cissokho recently told L'Equipe of his desire to play in the Premier League: 'This week, I will speak with the Lyon staff. I reckon I prefer England, but for now, there is nothing done.'
Lukas Podolski
The Gunners have recently been linked with a move for the German international striker even though a January move is unlikely now that Henry has returned. Podolski will have only one-year left on his current deal at FC Köln in June and may be a more viable target in the summer.
Matías Suárez
The Anderlecht striker has been scouted by Arsenal but recent reports suggest the Premier League side have also expressed an interest. The Argentine has once again impressed in the Europa League this season with his displays for the Belgian side. Suárez can operate as a deep-lying striker, in the middle or drift from the left-wing.
Wayne Bridge
Arsenal are believed to have been offered Manchester City's Wayne Bridge on a short-term deal until the end of the season which could suit both parties involved. His reported £90,000-a-week wages will prohibit any deal unless the former England international accepts significantly lower terms.
Kieran Richardson
Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill recently insisted he has had no contact from the Gunners regarding a move for midfielder Richardson. The former Manchester United player could be seen a potential solution at left-back. The former England international has been a regular starter for Sunderland this season and may command a sizable fee to encourage the Black Cats to offload the star.
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Jan Vertonghen
Ajax defender Vertonghen proved a rock at the back for his club last season. The big Belgian is another defender to have been linked with Arsenal
Mario Götze
Chief scout Steve Rowley has been seen at Dortmund home games keeping tabs on German international Götze. The youngster has attracted interest from a host of European clubs since helping his side to the national championship last season. Arsenal reportedly offered a substantial fee for Götze in the summer with the Gunners expected to return with another offer in January or more likely this summer. The signing of Götze would appease Arsenal fans looking for a big signing as the transfer would comfortably eclipse the club-record fee paid to Zenit St Petersburg for Andrey Arshavin.

Arsenal have already been active this month as club icon Thierry Henry has returned to provide cover for Africa Cup of Nations bound duo Gervinho and Marouane Chamakh in a loan move from New York Red Bulls.

Henry provides a short-term solution to the ever increasing reliance on prolific captain Robin van Persie but Arsenal may look to secure another striker permanently this month.

Another key position the Gunners will look to provide cover for is at left-back after injuries have decimated almost all options at the club.

Here, we round-up the players linked with a possible move to Arsenal.

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