Arsenal's dream line-up after January as Mikel Arteta's 7-man transfer wishlist emerges

Arsenal have been linked with a whole host of top players in recent weeks with a new midfielder and a striker on the top of boss Mikel Arteta’s transfer wishlist

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Mikel Arteta is in the market for some new recruits this month.

And if he gets it right then Arsenal could have some serious new players on the roster come February.

The seven players on Arteta’s January transfer wishlist are Danilo, Bruno Guimaraes, Youri Tielemans, Arthur Melo, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jonathan David and Dusan Vlahovic.

Realistically, the Spaniard only needs one midfield and one striker although adding a second creative mind to add strength in depth and to partner Thomas Partey certainly wouldn’t go amiss.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a move for Vlahovic in recent weeks and he remains Arteta’s top target.

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Mikel Arteta is in the market for some new recruits this month



Signing the Fiorentina forward will be very difficult though, with Arsenal faced with the prospect of parting with £50million plus out-of-favour midfielder Lucas Torreira.

But should they get the deal over the line then the Gunners will be much sharper up top going into the business end of the season.

Arsenal are also closely linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Arthur Melo.

Mirror Sport understands Arteta has been in private communication with the Brazilian and is a big fan of his.

The midfielder is also said to be keen on the switch but, currently, the Serie A club is standing in his way.

Juventus want to secure a replacement before letting the midfielder leave and have recently been linked with Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Perhaps a better midfield signing, as he’s a proven player in the Premier League, is Tielemans.

Of course, the Leicester City star would cost a small fortune, but he’d fit in well in the centre of the park at Arsenal offering both something in attack and defence.

Foxes bosses Brendan Rodgers recently gave the Gunners hope of completing a signing for Tielemans, admitting he is planning for life without the Belgian should he indeed look to leave.

“You always have to [plan for life without players], that is key. You always have to be looking ahead, that’s important. Youri is at an age and at a stage in his contract where he has to ensure he looks at every option,” said Rodgers.

Dusan Vlahovic is at the very top of Mikel Arteta’s transfer wishlist

“I would love it to be here at Leicester, that is natural, but I understand it’s a very short career. Once the player is committed, focused and professional it’s never a worry for me.

“With Youri, you can see his joy of being here, he loves being here and you have to respect these guys’ careers are short. If we are going to lose one we have to be ready for the next one to come in.”

As aforementioned, signing all seven players on the wishlist is both unrealistic and unnecessary, but should Arsenal land two or three – Tielemans, Vlahovic and perhaps a loan move for Arthur – they’d surely be favourites for a top-four finish.

Arsenal’s dream line-up for after January: Ramsdale, Tomiyasu, White, Gabriel, Tierney, Partey, Tielemans, Saka, Odegaard, Smith Rowe, Vlahovic.

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