Arsenal could spoil Manchester United’s top-four chances with a cunning January transfer deal – Tom Canton

The January transfer window showed that it was a time when teams made smart moves and reckless decisions. Arsenal need to make sure their picks reflect the choice of a team chasing the top four so as not to hamper their momentum.

For Arsenal, the need still dominates in the midfield and the strikers in the team. Mikel Arteta has seen his team lose due to injuries, positive cases of Covid-19 and the four players away from home in the Africa Cup of Nations.

However, while other players such as Newcastle United, Everton and Aston Villa moved quickly to secure reinforcements during the domestic cup competition weeks ahead of the Premier League’s return, Arsenal haven’t seen any new additions yet.

In fact, instead, Edu and Arteta made the strange decision to punish the departure of the loaned Ainsley Maitland-Niles to Rome. The England international would have been a blessing had he not departed, potentially starting against both Nottingham Forest and Liverpool.

Interestingly, Arsenal have seen Newcastle United carry out an interesting transfer deal that they themselves could have noticed. Many neutral supporters found it odd to see Magpies secure a £20m transfer for Burnley striker Chris Wood.

However, the tactics behind the transfer are becoming clearer when considering the 30-year-old will not be available for one of Newcastle’s main relegation contenders for this season.

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Arsenal themselves battle it out for a place in the Champions League, and are eyeing their rivals, they may be able to secure a cunning transfer of their own.

Manchester United have reportedly offered Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund the opportunity to sign Donny van de Beek on loan, according to the Manchester Evening News.

However, with Arsenal doing business with United in the recent past for both Danny Welbeck and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, there may be an unlikely line to push them to acquire the Dutchman.

There has been a lot of exaggeration about the former Ajax player being linked with the likes of Real Madrid, however, it simply didn’t work out at Old Trafford.

Arsenal should seriously consider whether they can offer their motivating Van de Beek the opportunity to come to North London, prove the skeptics and former employers wrong and possibly help beat United even further in the standings for fourth-place finishers in the league.

The likelihood of that is of course very slim and those who question why United would consider promoting one of their rivals have every right to do so.

However, in a world where Arsenal had already taken in players deemed redundant at United and then watched Welbeck knock them out of the FA Cup quarter-finals, the idea may not have been as far-fetched as first sight suggests.

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