Arsenal’s January transfer plans are undergoing a shift in priority due to the latest developments surrounding Thomas Partey and his thigh injury. The midfielder has undergone a “procedure,” likely sidelining him for the rest of the year and casting doubt on his participation in AFCON 2024 for Ghana.
Partey has struggled with muscular issues, missing 10 games this season alone.
Originally focused on securing a new striker, Arsenal is now reportedly looking to bolster their midfield, with Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi emerging as a priority. The 24-year-old, who impressed in the Champions League against Benfica, has a release clause of €60 million (£52.3m).
Another potential addition to Arsenal’s midfield is 18-year-old Gabriel Moscardo, who has drawn interest from Premier League clubs like Everton, Liverpool, and Chelsea. Despite his youth, Moscardo has already made 33 appearances in the 2022/23 season and could offer a cost-effective solution for Arsenal.
Kalvin Phillips, facing limited opportunities at Manchester City, presents another midfield option for Arsenal. Despite challenges at City, Phillips remains a key figure in England’s lineup under Gareth Southgate. Arteta may see an opportunity to help Phillips rediscover his form, mirroring his efforts with Kai Havertz.
A January departure for Phillips seems likely, given the circumstances. As Arsenal navigates these potential midfield additions, their original striker-focused plans have taken a backseat due to Partey’s extended absence.