Arsenal are eager to add more creativity to their side when the January window opens and are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Brandt, according to reports.
The Gunners have endured a very difficult season, picking up just five points from the last 30 available in the Premier League while they have also exited the Carabao Cup.
With Mesut Ozil having been exiled by Mikel Arteta, Arsenal are desperately short of creativity and average the fourth fewest shots on target in the division with only Sheffield United, Burnley and West Brom below them.
The Gunners had tried to sign Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar in addition to defensive midfielder Thomas Partey over the summer and, according to The Athletic, will again try to find a creative spark when the window reopens.
However, the Frenchman is no longer their top target and has fallen down their shortlist due to a number of ‘reservations’ that have emerged since they pursued him previously.
Instead, Arsenal are now looking at Dortmund midfielder Brandt, who moved to BVB from Bayer Leverkusen back in 2019 for a fee of around £22.9million.
Brandt has only started six league games this season, appearing to have fallen down the pecking order, but he laid on seven assists last season – as well as creating 39 chances – and produced 11 assists in his final campaign with Leverkusen.
The rapid rise of a raft of Dortmund teenagers – notably Jude Bellingham and Giovanni Reyna – has seen a number of the club’s more seasoned performers phased out somewhat, and the German club could entertain offers for the likes of Brandt and Thorgan Hazard.
Arsenal technical director Edu has previously intimated that the club would look to bring in a creative presence in January, telling a fans’ forum earlier this month: ‘It’s quite clear what we need.
‘We need a player with creativity in the middle, we don’t have that in the squad right now.’