Will Arsenal be busy in the January transfer window?

Will Danny Welbeck injury force Unai Emery to buy?

Unai Emery during Arsenal v Man City
Image: Will Unai Emery add to his squad in the January transfer window?

The January transfer window is approaching - but what, if any, business will Arsenal do this winter?

The Gunners strengthened in the summer in a bid to help new manager Unai Emery and have made an encouraging start to the season.

But will they spend in the next window? We look at their potential options…

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Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi has suggested that January will be a quiet month.

Speaking in October, he told Sky Sports: "Normally I am not a strong fan of the winter window. I think the winter window is for unexpected problems. That's not a rule, it is a principle.

Unless something special comes up, in principle, the winter window is not one that we are really interested in.
Arsenal's head of football Raul Sanllehi

"We have a full team of professionals looking into the market, analysing the possibilities and the players. The head coach embraces the philosophy we have and the way we want to play. If we see an opportunity, there is a healthy debate.

"Unless something special comes up, in principle, the winter window is not one that we are really interested in."

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Could Danny Welbeck's ankle injury prompt Arsenal into a move?

Welbeck is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines and the Gunners might be tempted into looking for a replacement.

Lille's Nicolas Pepe would not be a like-for-like replacement for Welbeck, but he has been mentioned as a potential target.

Referee Gediminas Mazeika stands over Danny Welbeck of Arsenal as he is injured during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Arsenal and Sporting CP at Emirates Stadium on November 8, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.
Image: Danny Welbeck's injury could force a rethink to Arsenal's January plans

The winger has enjoyed an impressive season, recording eight goals and five assists in 13 Ligue 1 matches.

The Sun say Pepe would be worth £45m and Arsenal are considering a January move.

Arsenal have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, so a defender might be on their radar.

The Daily Record claim that Arsenal are pursuing Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly.

The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour at United and has not played since being subbed just 19 minutes into the 3-2 win over Newcastle last month.

Eric Bailly
Image: Man Utd's Eric Bailly has been linked with an Arsenal switch in some papers

The Daily Express are reporting that Arsenal are monitoring Juventus defender Daniele Rugani while Football.London say the Gunners are keeping tabs on young Polish centre-back Sebastian Walukiewicz.

The 18-year-old started his career with Legia Warsaw and now plays for Pogon Szczecin.

Reports in Spain claim that Arsenal have looked at Espanyol defender Mario Hermoso.

The Real Madrid academy product has been called up for Spain's latest squad and Marca say Arsenal could make an approach in January.

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What about exits?

Arsenal's midfield options might get slimmer in January.

Aaron Ramsey could be sold as he is out of contract at the end of the season and will not be offered a new deal.

 during the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Sporting CP and Arsenal at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 25, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Image: Will Arsenal look to cash in on Aaron Ramsey in January?

Sky Germany have reported that Bayern Munich have shown an interest in the Wales midfielder.

Bayern could complete a pre-contract agreement with Ramsey from January, as clubs outside England are permitted to sign Premier League players in the final six months of their contracts.

Mohamed Elneny could also be on the move due to his struggle for game time.

The Egypt international is yet to feature in the Premier League this season.

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