Arsenal’s plans for the January transfer window may be altered by Thomas Partey’s latest injury setback, and the Gunners have been linked with a pair of midfielders in recent days.
Partey is set to be out for the remainder of 2023 after undergoing a “minor procedure” at the start of November to fix a nagging thigh injury. The midfielder has been a fitness liability since joining the club, and he’s played just 15 minutes for the club since his last Premier League start on 26 August.
While the presence of Declan Rice means the Gunners have managed in Partey’s absence at the start of 2023/24, recent reports suggest the club will target a new midfielder in January. With Partey competing in the African Cup of Nations in the new year, we might not see the 30-year-old in an Arsenal shirt again until next February.
2 midfielders Arsenal could sign in January transfer window
Amid news of Partey’s potential layoff, Arsenal have been linked with Martin Zubimendi and Douglas Luiz. The Gunners have a history with both, and they tried to sign Luiz in the 2022 summer transfer window.
The Brazilian then signed a new deal at Villa Park and has emerged as one of the Premier League’s most impressive midfielders since Unai Emery took charge of the Villans.
Fabrizio Romano says that Arsenal “love” Luiz and regard him as the “perfect midfielder”. However, it would take a mammoth offer to convince Villa to sell midway through the season. Adept in both a holding and box-to-box position, Luiz boasts impressive midfield versatility and has shown at the start of 2023/24 that he has a knack for goals, too.
Real Sociedad’s Zubimendi is a player Arsenal have been linked with in the past, and 90min report that Gunners scouts were in attendance as La Real downed Benfica in midweek. The classy Spaniard is said to have a €50m release clause and is more of an industrious controller than a dynamic box-to-box midfielder.
While the latest links might not lead to a winter move, they suggest that Arsenal are certainly in the market for midfield reinforcements in January.