Moussa Sissoko Must be Arsenal's Number One Target
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must make Newcastle United's Moussa Sissoko his number one transfer target when the January window opens.
The French international has most recently been used in a wide role for the Magpies, but is accustomed to playing in central midfield, and would be the perfect signing to fill the void of the holding enforcer that the Gunners have been lacking for so long.
With his height and strength, Sissoko offers the same physical presence that Sporting's William Carvalho would bring to the squad, couple that with the fact that the Frenchman is a better athlete and more well-rounded technical player, along with his proven abilities to navigate the breakneck speed of the Barclay's Premier League, and Sissoko has to be top priority for Arsenal.
At 6 feet 2 inches tall, Sissoko represents an imposing figure who can stamp his influence on a match and allow the flair players to shine, while providing box-to-box range and an eye for goal; it's not too far reaching to consider that Sissoko's signing could be as pivotal as Nemanja Matic's return to Chelsea was.
It is awkward to favor one footballer over another based on physical stature, but because of the aforementioned reasons, Sissoko is also a better choice than Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.
Much of Southampton's success this season is in part due to Schneiderlin, he has been fantastic as a creative, ball-winning midfielder, and it's not difficult to see why he would be a rumored target, but he doesn't have the same build or presence that Sissoko can offer; which is why Southampton have often paired him with Victor Wanyama.
Arsenal need Sissoko's size in their squad.
The evidence of this has been ample over the years, most recently in the debacle at Stoke, when the diminutive players could not deal with the Potters direct approach and overwhelming advantage in the air.
Sissko can help remedy that dilemma, and has to be the main focus for Arsenal this winter. With recent business done for Matheiu Debuchy, one has to think that if Wenger opens the purse further than a crack a deal can be struck.
His signing would instantly elevate Arsenal's legitimacy in the UEFA Champions League and make opponents weary of the Gunners newly steeled midfield; if Sissoko is brought in, Arsenal could mount a Borussia Dortmund-esque underdog run to the final in Berlin.
If recent comments made by the player about Arsenal being his childhood club, and Patrick Vieira being an idol he was meant to emulate are to be believed, throw in the uncertainty surrounding Newcastle, as Alan Pardew looks set to move on, and now is the perfect time for Wenger to seize upon Sissoko and make him his number one January transfer target...