The early-season optimism at Arsenal has disappeared.
After starting their league campaign with two wins, Mikel Arteta’s side have struggled for form, with Sunday night’s home defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers leaving the Gunners languishing down in 14th in the table with just 13 points from 10 games.
And performances over the last few weeks have highlighted the need for January reinforcements at the Emirates Stadium with only 10 goals so far this term.
With an intense fixture schedule set to be further complicated by the FA Cup in January, Arsenal may need one or two additions if they are to compete in all four competitions in which they are still involved and secure European football for next season.
With that, here are the latest Arsenal transfer rumours as the January transfer window draws closer.
Arsenal concerns over Szoboszlai
Arsenal are keen to sign Red Bull Salzburg ace Dominik Szoboszlai but are not fully convinced of two areas in the playmaker’s game.
Szoboszlai has been linked with a move to north London after a series of eye-catching displays for the Austrian side, scoring eight times in all competitions already this season.
However, while the Gunners are fans of the 20-year-old Hungary international, The Athletic claims the Premier League side have concerns about his “ball retention” and “defensive capabilities”.
The report adds that Arsenal will likely face competition from AC Milan were they to pursue Szoboszlai with the Italians viewing him as a potential replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu, who is out of contract next summer.
Ince tips Aubameyang to leave
Paul Ince believes Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will look to leave the club at the end of the season, despite signing a new contract in September.
Aubameyang penned a three-year extension at the start of the season with reported wages of £300,000-a-week.
However, Ince feels as though the 31-year-old will look to jump ship next summer unless Arsenal’s form picks up under Arteta.
“He looks frustrated. He looks like he’s not getting enough service. If he doesn’t get service – even though he signed a three-year contract – I can’t see him being there next year.
“I really, really can’t. I don’t care [if he’s signed a new deal]. It looks like he’s got that sort of body language that he’s just not happy. It doesn’t look right.”
Campbell calls for Aouar bid in January
Arsenal must issue a statement of intent by reviving their interest in Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, believes former Gunners striker Kevin Campbell.
Aouar was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates over the summer only for Arsenal to refuse to meet Lyon’s asking price.
“Look, it is a requirement for Arsenal to bring great players to the football club,” Campbell told Football Insider .
“We need players who are committed, who have talent and can express their talent. Aouar is a player that Arsenal have been coveting but they could not get the job done in the summer.
“Lyon do not have any European ambitions this season so who knows whether the deal can be done in January. If it can be done and Arsenal can get him – go and get him. There should be no messing around.
“But the Lyon president is a bit of a character so I am not sure if he would sanction the deal in January. I do though believe that he is still on Arsenal’s radar.”
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