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Monday 20 October 2014

Arsenal: potential summer transfer targets

Robert Green
Arsenal have been in need of a goalkeeper ever since Jens Lehmann left in 2007. Not even bringing the German back in January could fix the problem. Penny-pincher Wenger may find some value in Robert Green. The West Ham stopper is a free agent after running down his contract at Upton Park. But if he is willing to spend on a keeper he could do worse than Maarten Stekelenburg of Ajax. The Dutch stopper is stalling on a new contract but has intimated a desire to join Manchester United. Alternatively or in addition to a new keeper, Jens Lehmann may stay on.
Matthew Upson
Another West Ham player out of contract is Matthew Upson. As a former Gunner (Wenger sold him in 2003) he would fit right in and in doing so fill a much needed gap in the centre of defence. A prolonged injury to Thomas Vermalaen seriously derailed Arsenal's most recent trophy push and highlighted the need for greater depth in quality. The 32-year-old England defender would provide much more serious competition at the back than the likes of Sebastien Squillaci.
Wenger has been linked with a move for Willian of Shakhtar Donetsk, the Arsenal of Ukraine. According to reports Arsenal scouts watched the Brazilian 22-year-old on numerous occasions last season. Shakhtar rate Willian at £22m, which would be too steep for Arsenal, who will be hoping a deal of around £13m can be struck. He could prove a useful replacement for Samir Nasri, should the Frenchman move on.

Arsenal extended their ongoing hunt for a trophy to another year after an all too familiar collapse at the latter stages of last season.

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Arsene Wenger's reliance on youth has come under scrutiny like never before, with some fans even calling for the Frenchman to go. The Arsenal manager has shown signs that a change of tact may be needed which could signal some significant summer signings. The board have also signalled a likelihood of new arrivals, meaning a rare busy summer could be on the cards at the Emirates.

Here, we take a look at the players that have been cropping up on the rumour mill both in the press and online, linked with a move to Arsenal.

Source: Independent

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