Top 5 Arsenal FC targets – Villa, Yanga-Mbiwa, Nani, Henry, Knockaert

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The transfer window has reopened and Arsenal have been linked with a number of players in recent days.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that he plans to be busy in the transfer market this month, and writer Thomas Rooney looks at five players being linked with a January switch to Emirates Stadium…1. David Villa
Over the past few days it has been suggested that David Villa could leave Barcelona this month and the Gunners are one of a number of Premier League clubs being linked with the Spaniard.Whether Wenger would be keen on signing a 31-year-old on big wages remain to be seen, but there is no denying his quality and perhaps he would add some much needed experience to the Arsenal squad.

2. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
French central defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been linked with a move to Arsenal for some time. The Montpellier man has been targeted by Wenger to boost his team’s defence, while AC Milan are also interested.
However, the player himself has said he dreams of playing for Manchester United. Yanga-Mbiwa said they are his ‘favourite club without doubt’. It will be interesting to see if this changes Wenger’s thinking!
3. Anthony Knockaert
Reports last week suggested Arsenal could be in for Leicester City winger Anthony Knockaert this month. The France Under-21 international has been impressive in the Championship this season, assisting plenty of goals and scoring five for himself. This is believed to have alerted Wenger, who could be willing to take a risk on the youngster.
Leicester have said that the player is “going nowhere”, but if Arsenal come calling, that could all change.
4. Nani
Nani’s Manchester United career definitely seems to be over and Arsenal could be the location for the winger’s new challenge. Last week it had been suggested that Wenger wants Sir Alex Ferguson to do him a favour after Robin van Persie was sold to Old Trafford in the summer, although whether the Portugal international leaves Old Trafford before the summer remains to be seen.
5. Thierry Henry
A club legend, Thierry Henry is training with Arsenal again and it has got people talking about a possible loan move. Last year, he joined the Gunners on a temporary basis and there is a distinct possibility it could happen again.
Wenger still hasn’t made his mind up on this one though, it appears.
Culled from CrunchSports

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