Arsenal's exciting XI after January with Mykhaylo Mudryk and three more signings


Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League and their hopes of securing a shock title win are firmly in their own hands. Mikel Arteta will be relying heavily on the January transfer window to bolster his ranks and prevent his side from throwing away their five-point lead at the top of the table.

Arteta insisted previously that he will need to be well-backed again this winter, despite the major overhaul he has orchestrated. Though how that will affect his starting eleven remains to be seen.

PSG star Carlos Soler and Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans have both been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, though whether they would be able to break into Arteta’s starting eleven should they sign is unknown. Express Sport takes a look at how Arsenal could line up after the January transfer window and the change of tactics that they may be forced to deploy…

Goalkeeper: Aaron Ramsdale

There is no need to explain why Gunners shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale will remain between the sticks for the remainder of the season and beyond. The 24-year-old will want to continue to impress in order to gain the status of England No 1, currently occupied by Jordan Pickford.

Defence: Benjamin White, William Saliba, Gabriel

If reports are to be believed, Arteta is set to be bombarded with attacking talent in the January transfer window and he could be forced to switch to a back-three to fit everyone in. The Gunners appear to have a ready-made back-three, and Benjamin White’s experience at right-back so far this season could provide tactical flexibility if Arteta wants to change his system mid-game.

Midfield: Bukayo Saka, Martin Odegaard, Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli

A move to a midfield four could beckon for Arsenal, which could see star performer Thomas Partey dropped to the bench and being used when Arteta is anticipating tighter contests. Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli would both be forced to consider their defensive work more, with captain Martin Odegaard also being stripped of his freedom to roam forward.

Xhaka starting above Partey may raise eyebrows, but the Swiss international has played as a makeshift left-back so, as mentioned previously, if Arteta does demand a tactical switch he has that option. Should Arsenal sign Soler and Tielemans, the duo may be forced to mainly sit on the bench but would give them brilliant alternatives for the likes of Xhaka, Partey and Odegaard in the middle of the park.

Forwards: Mohammed Kudus, Gabriel Jesus, Mykhaylo Mudryk

Since shining at the World Cup, it has since emerged that Arsenal are long-term admirers of Ajax star Mohammed Kudus. The playmaker has shone in the Eredivisie so far this season with five goals in 14 appearances, with his displays for Ghana catching the eye. Kudus can play as a midfielder, a No 10 and a striker meaning that he will provide some much-needed depth in the final third.

Gabriel Jesus’ arrival from Manchester City has radically changed Arsenal’s attack and finally given them a focal point to build with. The Brazilian is versatile tactically and could find joy with so many forward players on the pitch who could open up space for him through the middle.

Mykhaylo Mudryk is looking Arsenal’s likeliest signing, with the Shakhtar Donetsk star being very open about how he would be willing to join the club if a price is agreed upon between the club. The Ukraine international has been unstoppable playing off of the left and his willingness to cut inside and influence proceedings could be the type of attacking player that Arteta wants.


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