Arsenal: 3 positions that need reinforcing in January transfer window

Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Edu Gaspar (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal, Mikel Arteta, Edu Gaspar
Arsenal: 3 positions that need reinforcement in the January transfer window as Mikel Arteta continues to shape his squad for the future. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) /

The 2021/22 Premier League campaign started in horrendous fashion for Arsenal. A massive COVID outbreak before the opening game of the season and spineless showings against Chelsea and Manchester City had a number of fans calling for Mikel Arteta’s head.

While Arsenal have continued to have a few bumps in the road, they have largely impressed this season since.

The defense has looked solid and the team has begun to score more freely, tearing apart weaker opposition and even going toe-to-toe against the reigning league champions who are a team racing away with the title.

Not all supporters may think Arteta is the right man for the job but he has certainly earned their respect – and with it some more time on the touchline.

Arsenal: 3 positions that need reinforcing in the January transfer window as Mikel Arteta continues to shape his squad for the future

Part of Arteta’s allure this season has been the impressive showings by his new signings. While Raul Sanllehi frequently spoke about the need to outsmart the market – before splashing £72m on Nicolas Pepe – the summer transfers actually are a testament to a new strategy implemented in north London.

Takehiro Tomiyasu has been a revelation at right-back, providing balance and stability. Aaron Ramsdale has made the goalkeeping position his own, with his distribution being some of the best in the league. Martin Odegaard drifted in and out of the starting lineup before becoming absolutely unplayable, adding goals to his silky passing range.

The most expensive of these three revolutionary signings is Odegaard, and he cost only £35m.

Arsenal’s rebuild is truly underway. For them to continue to impress, however, high quality reinforcements must continue to be brought in. Here are three positions that need reinforcement in the winter transfer window.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Takehiro Tomiyasu of Arsenal warms up prior to the Premier League match between Leicester City and Arsenal at The King Power Stadium on October 30, 2021 in Leicester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images) /

3. Right-Back

This position might come as a surprise, especially given the way I have waxed lyrical about Tomiyasu above. Yet it is because of the way that the Japanese international has played this season that necessitates reinforcement. He is head and shoulders above any other right-backs currently at the club.

The fans’ reaction to him falling to the floor with injury at Elland Road tells us how important he is.

Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers are serviceable at their best and dreadful at their worst. Cedric was subbed in against Leeds and the drop off was astounding. Those two aren’t destined for the future.

What is important to keep in mind is Tomiyasu’s background. He came in this summer and hit the ground running, immediately slotting into the starting lineup. Yet it is only his first Premier League campaign. He is still getting used to playing in a faster, more physical league.

He has avoided injuries thus far but he is so integral to the way that this side plays and builds play that is forced to play every minute he can. While there is no European football this season, Tomiyasu is still racking up the minutes playing week in and week out.

Getting in a solid reinforcement behind him would allow greater rotation as he continues to adjust to the rigors of England’s top tier of football.

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