Arsenal are set for a pivotal few transfer windows.
The failings of summers and winters gone by have left Arsenal in a position of weakness, with players well below the standard required still earning a wage in north London.
Despite a wealth of average individuals, other areas are remarkably still understaffed, none more so than in central midfield where you can find more creativity in a garden shed.
Who could come in during the January window is a topic of growing discussion as the deficiencies Mikel Arteta is faced with are laid ever more bare with each passing week. A notoriously onerous point in the season to do transfer business, the Gunners will nonetheless be forced to seek solutions to their problems for fear of drifting further afield.
All well and good saying so, achieving success in that department remains another matter entirely. However, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, speaking on the Qué Golazo Podcast, has offered up a slice of hope for disheartened supporters, insisting that Arsenal are working their very hardest.
"“What I’m told is that Arsenal are looking to sign this kind of player. They were looking [at] Aouar, they are now considering the situation of Dominik Szoboszlai.“The situation is that Arsenal [have been] following Szoboszlai [for] years. So, let’s see what will happen next summer or January, but Arsenal are following the player.“I tell you that I expect something special from Arsenal [In January].”"
It will have to be something special to sign either player in January, with Houssem Aouar making it clear he intends to stay at Lyon until the summer at least and Dominik Szoboszlai being tracked by half of Europe heading into the turn of the year.
Aouar would slot straight into midfield and add progression through the thirds, while Szoboszlai is a more natural winger who picks up central areas and has the turn of pace of technical ability to burst through lines. Demanding the constant attention of the opposition, someone who can run diagonally at teams and open avenues to goal via central areas is what Arsenal lack.
Truth is, both are needed to boost the general quality. At the very least, too.
Interest is long-standing and work is well underway, but while midfield is of paramount importance, other areas will be reviewed as well, ideally shipping out deadwood pre-summer.