Arsenal add Emi Buendia to their January transfer shortlist

Arsenal are making plans for the January transfer window following a poor start to the season
Arsenal are making plans for the January transfer window following a poor start to the season (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have added Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia to their January transfer shortlist following their disappointing start to the new season.

Mikel Arteta has restored the feel-good factor at the end of last season, masterminding an FA Cup success over Chelsea and securing European qualification.

The Gunners invested heavily in their squad over the summer, particularly with the additions of Thomas Partey and Gabriel Magalhaes, but results have deteriorated at an alarming rate culminating in Sunday’s defeat against Wolves.

While there has been some semblance of defensive improvement, the goals have dried up for Arteta’s side who have scored just once from open play in their last nine hours of top flight football.

With Mesut Ozil frozen out, a lack of creativity in midfield has starved captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of the service he depends on and the Arsenal manager will look to address that deficiency in January.

Emi Buendia has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)
Emi Buendia has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Arteta attempted to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon in the summer but Arsenal were unable to agree a fee with the Ligue 1 club and Buendia would represent a far cheaper option.

The 23-year-old Argentine impressed for Norwich last season despite their relegation to the Championship and, according to Football.London, any potential sale in January will depend on Norwich and their need to sell.

With eight wins from 14 games so far this season, the Canaries are currently top of the table and making a strong fist of achieving an instant return to the Premier League.

Aouar, meanwhile, despite a difficult spell at Lyon, looks destined to remain in France until the end of the season.

‘I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club,’ he said earlier this week. ‘That is something that I do not understand.

‘I am very happy to be here, I took the decision to stay with the club that formed me, I savour every day I have here.

‘Everything that I want, is to put this club back in its rightful place with my team-mates. ‘I am very happy to be here, we have an enormous amount of ambitions for this season.’

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