Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest Buzz on Pepe Reina, Wilfried Zaha and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2012

NORWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Pepe Reina of Liverpool looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on September 29, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Arsenal must make at least a few moves during the January transfer window. If that wasn't clear before Tuesday's match with Bradford City, it certainly was after the League Two side eliminated the Gunners from the Capital One Cup.

It hasn't been all bad for the Gunners. They have already advanced in the Champions League and are just two points out of a top-four spot in the Premier League, but the results haven't been consistent enough to keep the fanbase happy.

A couple January moves will be expected to fortify the squad heading into the season's second half. Knowing that, let's take a look at some of the latest buzz about potential transfers.


Pepe Reina

Wojciech Szczesny and Vito Mannone have both seen action between the pipes for Arsenal this season. Both are young goalkeepers with plenty of potential, but manager Arsene Wenger might be looking for a veteran presence in the short term.

Wayne Veysey of reports the Gunners have the funds to go on a January spending spree and Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina is one of the main targets. It's stated Arsenal might spend as much as €62 million to upgrade the roster.

The 30-year-old Reina has played for Barcelona, Villarreal and the Reds during his career, and would give the Gunners a reliable shot-stopper in net. However, Brendan Rodgers has shown no signs that he'd be willing to sell the Spanish international.


Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha has been one of the most discussed players leading up to January. The 20-year-old striker has turned a lot of heads around Europe thanks to his strong play with Crystal Palace and will be a coveted commodity once the window opens.

The Gunners believe they hold the inside track on landing his signature, according to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail. Mokbel reports Wenger is ready to make an aggressive offer to fend off interest from the Manchester rivals and Newcastle, among others.

Even though Zaha wouldn't be able to solve all of the Gunners' scoring woes by himself, he's the type of player Wenger can work with and watch him flourish over time. He would be a great investment for Arsenal, if they can get a deal done.


Luiz Gustavo

One other need the Gunners would love to fill is in the defensive midfield. Even though it's not the club's most pressing need, an upgrade would be the type of move that could really bring the entire squad together. It would help in terms of consistency.

A name on Arsenal's radar is Luiz Gustavo of Bayern Munich, reports Steve Stammers of the Daily Mirror. He states Gustavo hasn't been able to carve out a niche with the German side and could benefit from a move.

The 25-year-old midfielder suffered a groin injury in November, but it's unclear how that would impact his transfer or playing status by January. Assuming he's fit for action, he's exactly the type of player Wenger should be targeting.