January 26, 2023

Arsenal are yet to make a single signing this January despite the glaring need of one or two reinforcements in Mikel Arteta’s team.

Since the start of 2023, the Gunners has been linked with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhailo Mudryk who has caught the eye of some of European big clubs with his stellar performances both in the Ukrainian Premier League and Europe as well.

So far, Shakhtar are playing hard ball in negotiations with Arsenal over their prized asset Mudryk who’s reportedly valued around the €100 million mark.

The price that’s been quoted to Arsenal for their primary transfer target might be unhelpful to their budget for this January, but they still need to find a way to reach a compromise with Shakhtar. And here’s why.

Arsenal have a decent starting XI which has done well so far in the Premier League this season, but they lack the depth needed to win the league.

Arsenal’s fringe players like Tomiyasu, Smith Rowe and even Fabio Vieira cannot be compared to Manchester City’s second eleven that includes the likes of Stones, Laporte and Julian Alvarez.

Against Chelsea in the FA Cup last Sunday, most of Man City’s first XI were on the bench but they still beat The Blues 4-0.

We saw how Arsenal’s frontline struggled to break down Newcastle’s stubborn defence in the absence of the injured Gabriel Jesus. And with many more games left to play, the tendency to struggle against teams who are happy to sit back and defend will always be there if they don’t sign quality players this January.

Liverpool managed to wrestle the EPL title away from Man City in 2020 because they had good backup players who could come off the bench and make impact, but looking at Arsenal’s bench, not sure they have any player who can make the difference.

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