Arsenal may have had a 22-game unbeaten run this season but things aren’t quite as rosy as they seem and some January transfer business may be the order of the day.
Emery, after initially excelling at the Emirates, saw an astonishing run come to an end with a 3-2 defeat to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton in December.
Since then, they have drawn with Brighton and been beaten 5-1 by Liverpool.
Throughout the festive period, Arsenal have been hit with a plethora of injuries too, especially in terms of senior defenders, with Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal all being sidelined.
This has resulted in a number of rumours rising up that Emery and the board are looking at defenders in January, But who are these names?
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Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)
The Uruguayan has been integral part of an almost impenetrable defence during his time with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
Playing under manager Diego Simeone, Atletico have kept 121 clean sheets in 234 matches with captain Godin, being at the heart of the defence since joining in 2010.
The 32-year old is coming to the end of his career but with only six months left on his contract, is able to negotiate with teams about a no-fee transfer in June.
Gary Cahill (Chelsea)
This one has not been a firm favourite with the Arsenal fans, but out-of-favour Chelsea defender Cahill has been rumoured to be on the verge of a six-month loan move to the Gunners in the January window.
Another defender coming to the final phase of their career, Cahill, 33, has made seven appearances all season, with only one of these coming in the Premier League away to Huddersfield in November, is this a sensible call or poor business from Arsenal?
Keylor Navas (Real Madrid)
Arsenal are believed to have made a £14.5million bid for Real Madrid goalkeeper Navas, who has fallen behind ex-Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order, in a season that has seen Real struggle since losing Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in the summer.
It would be a signing that could see current No.1 Bernd Leno move out of the starting XI, with Emery wanting to play controlled football stemming from back to front.
Navas moved to Madrid after a successful World Cup with Costa Rica in 2014, and Arsenal may face competition from a few of Europe’s elite in this January window.
Including Italian side Roma who have not replaced Alisson Becker after his £67million move to Liverpool in the summer.
Nicolas N’Koulou (Torino):
Following the theme of central defenders, Arsenal are also in contention to sign Torino star and Cameroon captain Nicolas N’Koulou.
N’Koulou joined the Italian side in 2017 after a successful loan spell from Lyon, the fee then was a reported £3.5million and it is understood that Torino would want a considerably larger fee.
At 28-years of age, N’Koulou is the youngest of Arsenal’s targets at this stage in the transfer window.
Cengiz Under (Roma):
Arsenal have reportedly had a deal for the Turkish playmaker turned down with Roma not wanting to sell until the end of the season.
Reports from The Sun suggest the bid was in the region of £55million, with the 21-year old attracting a lot of attention from around Europe, but still contracted with Roma until 2022.
In 23 games this season, Under has contributed to 14 goals in all competitions and Roma rate him as highly as Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah, who Liverpool signed from ‘La Lupa’ in 2017.