Arsenal have made one of their best-ever starts to a Premier League season this year, with the Gunners’ impressive performances seeing them sat at the top of the Premier League table before the break-up of the domestic calendar for the winter World Cup.
Mikel Arteta’s men have been at the top of the table since matchday three, having won the most matches of any side in the league (12). On par with Newcastle, the Gunners have lost the joint-least number of games (1) and conceded the joint-least number of goals (11).
This year is Arsenal’s best chance of winning a league title in many years, with the last time the Gunners came close to title glory was in that 2015-16 campaign when Leicester ended up unlikely champions. But, if Arsenal want to make sure that they go all the way this time, then there is one thing they need to do – spend in January.
Arsenal simply do not have the kind of squad depth that champions and challengers Manchester City do, with the Citizens able to essentially field two full different starting XIs. Getting some bodies into the dressing room is important for Arsenal.
One only has to cast their mind back to last season, when Arsenal’s failure to adequately pad their squad in January arguably cost them a place in the Champions League. The Gunners only brought in defenders Lino Sousa and Auston Trusty, both of whom were sent to the academy and out on loan respectively.
The Gunners oversaw a mass exodus of players in January, with Calum Chambers, Pablo Mari, Sead Kolasinac and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang among the players who left the club. This left Mikel Arteta with a paper-thin squad that ultimately couldn’t handle the run-in, leading them to finish fifth after initially looking certain of a fourth-place finish and a return to the Champions League.
If Arsenal wants to avoid another such situation, spending in January is a must.