Arsenal complete busy January transfer window

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had revealed very early on that he would not be making any major signings during the January transfer window and he certainly came through on his promise as no high profile player arrived at the Emirates Stadium last month.

However, this is not to say that Arsenal were not busy in January on the transfer front as the Gunners completed no less than eight deals, most of them departures of young players on loan. Here is the list of the transfers completed by Arsenal during the window –

Akpom joins Brighton

It has been confirmed that Brighton and Hove Albion have completed the signing of Chuba Akpom from Arsenal. The 21-year-old joins the Seagulls on a loan deal till the end of the season and he will be looking to boost the Championship leaders’ hopes of earning promotion into the Premier League.

Akpom has plenty of experience in the second tier of English football, having featured 41 times for Hull City last season and Brighton boss Chris Hughton was most certainly very delighted to capture the services of the promising Arsenal attacker amid fierce competition.

Benzema offered to Arsenal and Chelsea

Karim Benzema has established himself as one of the best strikers in the world ever since breaking into the Lyon first team back in 2004 and the 29-year-old has further enhanced his reputation at Real Madrid over the years.

Despite his exploits at the Santiago Bernabeu though, Benzema has consistently been linked with a move away from Real Madrid and it is believed that Los Blancos could potentially get rid of the French international next summer, as they aim to purchase Paulo Dybala from Juventus.

In addition, Benzema’s relationship with the fans seem to have taken a hit as he was booed by the supporters during Real Madrid’s Copa Del Rey defeat against Celta Vigo recently and there is now a strong possibility that the striker will end of leaving the European Champions.

Arsenal to launch mega bid for Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann is arguably one of the best attacking players in world football at the moment and it is understandable to see so many top clubs currently pursuing the services of the French international.

While Atletico Madrid want to keep hold of Griezmann for the foreseeable future, it seems inevitable that the attacker will be leaving the Vicente Calderon before too long and Manchester United have been placed as favourites to secure the services of the 25-year-old.

Now according to the Daily Mail, revelations can be made that even Arsenal are in the race to sign the attacker and the North London giants could be tempted to activate his release at Atletico, which is believed to be in the region of around £85 million.

Arsenal preparing whopping £51 million move for attacker

Due to the fact that Alexis Sanchez has not yet committed himself to Arsenal by signing a new contract, there is widespread fear among the Gunners’ faithful that the Chilean international will be leaving the Emirates Stadium next summer.

If indeed Sanchez does leave, it would be a huge blow for Arsenal and many reports have claimed that the North London giants have already laid out contingency plans if such an event comes into fruition.

Now according to reports from Who Scored, revelations can be made that Arsenal have identified Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the ideal replacement for Sanchez and will look to launch a whopping bid of around £51 million in an attempt to sign the German international at the end of the current campaign.