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Arsenal’s Summer 2012 Transfer Targets

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Arsenal have had a strong end to the season, but have heavily relied on Van Persie’s goals. In summer I fully expect Arsene Wenger to make some key signings to replace the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri who they’ve dearly missed.

Lukas Podolski

Wenger has already secured the signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne for an undisclosed fee.

Arsene Wenger: “He is a top-class player, a very good finisher and a proven performer at club and international level. He is a very strong player and will provide us with good attacking options.”

The Bundesliga outfit Cologne have officially announced that German striker Lukas Podolski will be joining Arsenal for the 2012/13 season. The announcement of Podolski signing for Arsenal comes just days after another German club, Werder Bremen, broke the news of Marko Marin moving to Arsenal’s London neighbours Chelsea.

Neither Gervinho nor Park Chu-Young have set the stage on fire, meaning that skipper Robin Van Persie has had to labour on his own upfront at the Emirates this season. It looks like he’ll be partnering the Dutch striker up front next season.

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Olivier Giroud – Striker (Montpellier)

Arsenal are believed to be chasing Montpellier and France striker Olivier Giroud, 25, who has also caught the eye of Aston Villa, Liverpool and Newcastle United.

Jan Vertonghen – Defender (Ajax)

Arsene Wenger has set his sights on making Ajax midfielder Jan Vertonghen Arsenal’s next signing after unveiling Cologne striker Lukas Podolski. However, they are facing competition from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Yann M’Vila – Central Midfielder (Rennes)

Arsenal are reported to be in “advanced negotiations” with French club Rennes over the signature of midfielder Yann M’Vila. It is thought the 21-year-old French international, who has been capped 18 times by his country, could cost around £22m.

However, having recently been arrested for assault on a 17 year old, it looks very unlikely that Arsenal will make a move for the Frenchman.

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Clint Dempsey – Attacking Midfielder (Fulham)

Fulham goal ace Clint Dempsey, 29, has refused to rule out a move away from Craven Cottage this summer despite having another year left on his contract. Arsenal are interested.

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Eden Hazard – Attacking Midfielder (Lille)

Arsenal are ready to take on Tottenham, Manchester City and United in the race to lure the highly sought-after Eden Hazard away from French club Lille this summer.

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Daniel Sturridge – Striker (Chelsea)

Chelsea are targeting Arsenal and England winger Theo Walcott and could be willing to swap him for Stamford Bridge striker Daniel Sturridge. This deal seems very unlikely to me.

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Stephane Sessegnon – Attacking Midfielder (Sunderland)

Wenger is also set to go head to head with Paris Saint-Germain over the signing of Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon.

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Klaas Jan Huntelaar – Striker (Schalke)

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has put off talks over a new deal until after Euro 2012, alerting Arsenal to the Dutch striker’s possible availability.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – Defender (Montpellier)

Arsene Wenger is keeping tabs on versatile French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – the captain of Ligue 1 table-toppers Montpellier.

The 22-year-old France Under-21 international is a capable of playing anywhere across the back line or as a defensive midfielder, and Arsenal boss Wenger is looking to bolster his defensive options, according to the Daily Mirror.

Bas Dost – Striker (SC Heerenveen)

The Gunners have joined the long list of clubs interested in the services of SC Heerenveen striker Bas Dost, 22, who rejected a move to Aston Villa because he will only move to a “big club”. The 22-year-old who has scored 28 goals in just 31 appearances for Heerenveen, he’s currently the top scorer in the Dutch League.

Younes Belhanda – Attacking Midfielder (Montpellier)

Arsene Wenger has also expressed his interest in taking Montpellier’s £15m-rated Moroccan midfielder Younes Belhanda, 22, to the Emirates

Robert Lewandowski- Striker (Borussia Dortmund)

Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, 23, is also being tracked by Arsenal. Lewandowski has scored 20 goals and helped Borussia Dortmund to retain their Bundesliga title.

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Nick Powell – Striker (Crewe)

Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea are set for a £1.5m tussle over 18-year-old Crewe midfielder Nick Powell, who has been described as having the potential to be the best ever graduate from the famed Alex academy

Javi Martinez – Attacking Midfielder (Athletic Bilbao)

Arsenal have taken significant steps towards a summer move for Athletic Bilbao’s Javi Martinez, 23, but face a £32m fight with Manchester Untied and Barcelona to land the versatile Spanish international.

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Christian Eriksen – Attacking Midfielder (Ajax)

Christian Eriksen burst upon the world stage in the 2010-11 season as sensationally as Jack Wilshere. His connection with Ajax and Dutch football in general means, if signed, he will come to Arsenal well-schooled in Wenger’s preferred style of football.

Forget Eden Hazard, who will cost a fortune. Eriksen will cost less for similar value.

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Shinji Kagawa – Midfielder (Borussia Dortmund)

Kagawa was Dortmund’s star in 2010-11 season before being eclipsed by Götze. Although most would consider the latter more skillful, Kagawa isn’t far behind. He is solid in possession, and his vision and reading of the game is very good. He wouldn’t be a bad signing for Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger is said to have turned his sights on Kagawa after it became clear Götze wouldn’t be coming to Arsenal.

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Demba Ba 

Demba Ba has a nose for goal despite being overshadowed by countryman Papiss Cissé in recent weeks. His introduction to the Premier League has been remarkable.

He would be a very good signing for Arsenal, who in January were said  to be interested in signing him in the coming summer.

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Junior Hoilett

Arsenal are said to have their sight firmly trained on Hoilett, who could bring his salvific touch to the Emirates.

Honestly, I don’t think Arsenal should sign Hoilett, but again, rumors are rumors.

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Matias Suarez

Matías Suárez was all the rage in January with reports claiming he had come to an agreement with Arsenal for a move in the summer. He could well be a player that Arsenal look to make a move on in  the next month or so.

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Comments (30)

  1. WENGER WILL BUY NOTHING,SAME OLD END OF SEASON
    BULL SHIT,JUST TO KEEP THE SUPPORTERS QUITE.
    REGARDING LUKAS PODOLSKI,HE HASN’T BOUGHT HIM TO
    PARTNER VAN PERSI,HE’S BOUGHT HIM TO REPLACE HIM,
    I WOULD BET MY LAST PENNY,VAN PERSIE WILL GO,AND
    I DON’T BLAME HIM,HE’S FAR TO GOOD FOR THAT LOAD OF CRAPP AT ARSENAL,I’M AFFRAID LADS IT’S GOING TO BE,EAIGHT YEARSWITHOUT ANY SILVERWARE,WENGER
    HASN’T GOT A CLUE.”UP THE GUNNERS”.

    • Please give some credit to this Gunner Coach. He sure knows what he wants but handcapped by funding for players transfer. 2011-20012 was spectacular for the team despite the initial disgraceful losses that took the team to 17th but miraculously ended 3rd and qualifying for European league. Cheers to them and Wenger!!!! What is the budget for players tranfer this summer? Do you know and that majorly is the problem with Wenger name-calling but not buying!!

      However, I strongly feel the desperation of all supporters and plead that the entire management of the club should support Wenger in getting quality 2 Defenders (additions), 3 Midfielders (2 defensive and 1 attacking) and 2 Midfielders (1 holding and 1 attacking) and 1 additional good striker in support to RVP and Lukas Podoski.

      Suggestions:
      Striker: Huntelaar or Demba Ba
      Middfielder: Yann M,villa, Sessegnon and Dempsey or Oliver Giroud
      Defender: Mapon Yang, Jan Vertomghen

      Please, Please, Please, help us build our team and Arsenal will win a trophy or 2 come next season. Up Gunners!!, Up Arsene Wenger!!!

  2. Wenger pls sign player for ours will are not happy for what happen in season that past

    • In the summer transfer for you arsenal is yaya toure and cesc fabregas and scott parker

  3. WE`RE NOT SURE THAT WENGER COULD SIGN NO ONE RATHER THAN PODOLSKI.TO BID FOR ANY PLAYER NEEDS PLANNING ON HOW YOU WILL ACCOMODATE HIM WITH YOU FORMATION.BUT FOR MA SIDE ARSENAL LACKS DEFFENSIVE MIDDFIELDER FOR ACCOMPANING SONG,2 OTHER DEFFENDERS AND 2 STRICKERS FOR ASSISTING RVP.SO WENGER BID FOR M`VILLA,DEMPSEY,HOILLET AND VONTERNGEN

  4. It is nt just 2day sayings weve block our ears with d instrest wenger is veing in top class player where other clubs we just buy dem ENOUGH OF FOOLING WE ARE TIRED. Sign and let see before we can believe.

  5. All this names mention. Only God knows if Mr. Wenger will even secure one out of the rest.

  6. Wenger always keeps fans on suspence;let us see what he will do before euro ends as he said .

  7. WENGER SHOULD BRING IN PODOLSKI TO HELP VAN PERSIES IN THE ATTACKING FORCE, EXTEND VAN PERSIES CONTRACT

  8. I hope Wenger will buy M’vila, Vertonghen and Hazard to. But I think Wenger will use Podolski on the left wing so maybe Wenger also buy Lewandowski,Giroud,Dembsey or Huntelaar for back up for Robin van Persie.

    • I think he should buy M’Villa, Vertonghen and Hazard and use Podolski as left winger and get get Cavani, Huntelaar, Giroud, Dembele, Dempsey or Lewandowski. Come on u Gunners

  9. sign: Vertonghen, M’Vila, Hazard, Hoilett,
    huntelaar.
    sell: almunia,squillaci,djourou,diaby,arshavin,bendtner and chamakh.

    Szczęsny

    Vertonghen Vermaelen
    Sagna Santos

    M’Vila Wilshere

    Hazard Hoilett

    Huntelaar Van Persie

    • Pls Try to sell some of ur player out of emirate next season like DIABI,ALMUNIA, RAMSEY,CHAMAKH,DJOURO,BENDTNER,FABIANSKI,SQUALACI.ARSHAVIN AND GERVINHO THEN try to Sign M,VILLA DEMPSEY.MARIOGOMEZ,,HUNTELA,ALABA AND SO ON

    • how about song argubly our best player this season apart from van persie

  10. Javi Martinez may have once been a central midfielder but he’s definitely now a centre back…research. The same goes for Vertonghen.

    • Research… ‘Javier Martínez is a Spanish footballer who plays for Athletic Bilbao in La Liga. Mainly a defensive midfielder, he can also operate as a central defender’

      pretty sure he’s a central midfielder mate!

  11. We need to get the shit out of the club chamakh,almunia,ramsey,djourou,santos,fabianski,mannone,mertesacker,squilaci,arshavin,bentner.

    signings vertonegan,erickson,neymar,hazard,men villa,sakho,neuer. we be unstoppable.

    • Never gonna get Erikson, Neuer, Neymar, and Ramsey is unreal and a good backup

  12. I would opt 4
    suarez bcos of his age and prize
    vertonghen,m’vila and hazard

    • why wenger not sign more top quality player???he make r experiment at the emirates…use the young player to challenge the title…please sell like chamakh, djourou,squilaci arshavin..buy more quality player n then you talk about the trophies…

  13. 1 of mistake at the emirates this season about goalkeeper.. Szczęsny very lack n not good for arsenal…

    • Szczesny is actually one of the best keeper in the prem after the likes of Vorm, Krul, Hart

  14. accept podelskey all are wrong

  15. Arsenal starting XI (Realisticly)
    Szczesny
    Sagna
    Vertonghen
    Vermaelen
    Gibbs
    M’Villa
    Wilshere
    Arteta
    Hazard
    Van Persie
    Walcott

    Maybe Podolski for Walcott

  16. SOME PLAYERS WILL HAVE TO CREATE SPACE FOR OTHER AVAILABLE SKILLED PLAYERS.PLAYERS TO LEAVE THE CLUB ARE:ALUMUNIA DJOROU RAMSEY DIABY(INJURY PRONE) PARK, CHAMKAH,SEBASTIAN SQELLACCI DENILISON and VELA.THIS WILL CALL ON WENGER TO SIGN GOOD PLAYERS TO THEIR POSITIONS.

  17. Loool, Podolski is already coming to Arsenal and M’Vila has also got his eye on the Arsenal contract, so you can shut up mate, don’t act like you know it all..

  18. OK 1 down many more to go. dont be too happy wenger you got a striker but remember its ur defence that needs improving!!!

  19. this is the time for the coach to bring in new and quality players.i hope this year he does that instead of bringing in those tenagers.the main problem was the defense and midfield

  20. we need m.suarez,podolski and gourcuff!!

  21. its true wenger needs to sign experienced players; if he wants tromphy this season