Arsenal boss Wenger identifies Dzeko and Zaha as January targets

Arsene Wenger will look to give his Arsenal team a double boost when the January transfer window opens by bidding for unsettled Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko and Crystal Palace prodigy Wilfried Zaha, the Daily Mirror has reported.

The newspaper adds that Wenger will also consider signing a new goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny for the No. 1 position as the Gunners’ depth in that department has been exposed by injuries to Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, with current incumbent Vito Mannone struggling to impose himself behind a leaky Arsenal defence.

A £7m offer is imminent for Zaha, meanwhile, with Wenger eager to bolster his wide options as he prepares to lose both Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin. Both players are out of contract in the summer and Walcott is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs, with Queens Park Rangers midfielder Adel Taarabt an alternative to Zaha if Palace decline to sell.

Wenger could also capitalise on the rumblings of discontent from Dzeko by swooping for the out-of-favour City striker. Dzeko has more often than not been a substitute of late under Roberto Mancini and on Sunday came off the bench to score as City beat Tottenham Hotspur.

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