The arrival of Arteta at Arsenal has seen so many players linked with the gunners. The January window is likely to be a busy one at North London as Wilfred Ndidi has been linked to the Emirates Stadium.
The 23-year-old has been sensational for Brendan Rodgers highflying Leicester City, and ranks top of the list of free bets offers to leave Leicester in January. He is currently valued at 5/2 to join Arsenal and 12/1 to sign for Manchester United.
The Nigerian anchorman has been in fine form for Leceister City, who are currently second in the table, 10 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool.
Football live reported that Arsenal are ready to offer £40 million plus wantaway former captain Granit Xhaka to get the deal done.
Xhaka has endured a tough season so far; he started the campaign as the captain of the sides, but a row with fans lead to the withdrawal of the armband. He has also delivered performance below the required level and is expected to leave the club in January.
There had been speculations that the Swiss international could make the move to German side Hertha Berlin on an initial loan move with an option to buy. This move is backed up by most of the bookies as likely too, with 1/5 odds with Sky Bet. However, it appears more likely that the player would be part of the transfer for Ndidi in January.
Arsenal FC knows the offer might not be enough to get Ndidi from Leceister City, but they are determined to try and see how it will pan out. Ndidi would bring quality and tenacity to the midfield which has failed to excite despite the heralded arrival of Lucas Torreira last season.
Arsenal have kept just three clean sheets this season with the midfield combination of Torreira, Xhaka, and Guendouzi failing to give adequate protection to the back four. Arteta is said to be interested in solidifying the midfield as the crucial area that needs strengthening.
There are also rumours that Napoli forward Dries Mertens could also make the move to the Emirates in January. The Belgium international has six months left on his contract and would be available for a reduced fee in the winter transfer window.
Arteta has a lot on his hands as the Gunners are closer to relegation than the top four and the arrival of players like Ndidi and Mertens would definitely increase the chances of a late push towards the Champions League places. It would be interesting to see if the London club would be able to pull it off.