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Arsenal Transfers: 6 Big Rumours Gunners Fans Would Love to Be True

Matthew CelentanoFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2012

Arsenal Transfers: 6 Big Rumours Gunners Fans Would Love to Be True

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    As usual, Arsenal are linked to just about every footballer in Europe. It happens every season, to the extent where Arsenal supporters can't be confident of a player coming to the club until they actually see him in an Arsenal shirt.

    Nonetheless, juicy rumours are still enough to get me excited for the summer transfer window, one that could either go very well or very wrong for the Gunners.

    Without further ado, here are six big rumours that Arsenal supporters would love to be true...

Lukas Podolski Agreeing Terms with Arsenal

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    According to the Daily Mail and Goal.com, Lukas Podolski has agreed terms with Arsenal and will make his switch to the Emirates this summer. Apparently, the only thing standing in the way of this move is Arsenal and Cologne agreeing on a fee. Honestly, this shouldn't be too much of a problem, as Cologne value their forward at about 15 million pounds, which actually isn't much considering what Podolski would bring to Arsenal.

    The Gunners currently have just one centre forward capable of regularly scoring goals. Can you guess who? Robin Van Persie is arguably the best striker in the world, with a magic wand of a left foot that's capable of doing just about everything.

    But that being said, an injury to the Dutchman (knock on wood) would be an absolute disaster to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger desperately needs to bring in a backup forward this summer who can take the goal-scoring burden off of Van Persie or even play along side him in a different formation. 

    Lukas Podolski is the man for that job, and if this rumour is true, then Arsenal are on their way to immensely improving their squad depth.

Matias Suarez Also Agreeing Terms with Arsenal

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    I know, Arsenal have been linked with quite a few forwards recently, but these rumours do seem more legitimate and reliable than usual.

    According to a respected journalist in Argentina, Suarez's home country, the Anderlecht forward has already agreed terms with Arsenal and is set to move to the North London outfit this summer after both club and player rejected a move in January.

    So, if both Podolski and Suarez are to make the switch to Arsenal this summer, it'll be a tremendous step up in terms of the Gunners' attacking options. Rather than having the backup forwards of Chamakh and Park Chu-Young, they'll have Podolski and Suarez—two forwards much more capable of scoring and with many more attacking dimensions. 

Olivier Giroud Scouted by Arsenal...and He Wants to Join the Club

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    Another forward?

    I'll admit, the chances of Arsenal signing all three of the forwards mentioned in this slideshow are slim—but of all the forwards, Olivier Giroud seems the most likely to join Arsenal. He's a typical Arsene Wenger signing: plays in Ligue 1, French, not necessarily a big name and French (did I already say that one?).

    This rumour actually seems very factual, with Giroud saying himself that he wants to join Arsenal, and the recently capped French forward has apparently already been watched by Arsenal's scouts.

    This could be a very exciting summer.

Arsenal Favourites to Sign Junior Hoilett

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    Despite Blackburn's nightmare of a season, Junior Hoilett has been the silver lining, with his three goals and six assists helping Blackburn score the most goals in the bottom half of the Premier League table.

    With his contract out this summer, Hoilett will not be signing a new deal at Ewood Park amid interest from a number of top clubs like Liverpool, Tottenham and, of course, Arsenal. According to Goal.com, the Gunners are currently favourites to snap up the dynamic young winger on a free contract—a deal that Arsene Wenger should see as a complete bargain.

    It'll be up to Hoilett, but if he does choose Arsenal, then Wenger certainly shouldn't reject him.

Jan Vertonghen to North London

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    According to multiple sources, Jan Vertonghen will be heading to North London this summer. But to which club?

    Both Arsenal and Tottenham have shown interest in the Ajax centre back, but it really could come down to a bidding war this summer between the two bitter rivals. Arsenal will be hoping that their recent 5-2 demolition derby of Spurs will convince Vertonghen to make the switch to the Emirates rather than White Hart Lane, but as we all know, football is an unpredictable sport.

    With Arsenal's defense still leaking goals, this is a transfer they desperately need.

A Big Budget

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    Different sources will give different numbers, but the point is that Arsene Wenger will certainly be given a huge transfer budget this summer to upgrade his squad. 

    The amount of money that reports are pointing to is certainly enough to buy all of the players on this slideshow, as well as a few others.

    Despite recent exceptional results from the Gunners, it's going to be a crucial transfer window to rebuild some areas of the squad, and Arsene Wenger cannot afford to be stingy with his money.

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