It is never too early to take a glance at your favorite team’s summer wish list, is it?
Arsenal has turned around their season and are looking to bolster a squad that was decimated by injuries, poor play and minimal depth. Arsene Wenger and his board realize they need to address a few key issues and in order to do so, they must steer away from their usual transfer ideology.
Sometimes spending a little bit extra money is all the difference between a top-four finish and a league title. Arsenal is gearing towards the latter.
Here are 5 rumored targets that Arsenal fans hope become a reality.
Let’s get this one out of the way, considering this rumor has only picked up steam with each passing week.
The Germany international is experiencing his most prolific Bundesliga campaign to date and is headed to Euro 2012 with plenty of confidence. His club form never seemed to match his terrific international form, and many considered him a questionable target because he could never replicate his international play.
All doubts should be squashed by now and Arsenal fans should be anxious to see the 26-year-old come to the Emirates. Not only would he be an efficient poacher for the Gunners, Poldi could be used as security in keeping Robin Van Persie in London.
A meteoric rise is nothing new in world football, but Yan M’Vila’s stock has significantly grown in such a short period time, considering he is playing for a small-market team in Ligue 1.
The Rennes midfielder is just 21 years old, but comparisons to French legend Claude Makelele do not faze him. M’Vila is strong in the tackle and will add grit in front of the Arsenal defense, allowing creative freedom for players in front of him.
Wenger failed to secure the young starlet last summer and he will need to flash some cash in order to lock him in this time around. With the Euros coming up, I feel the boss would like to get M’Vila sooner rather than later, considering he will be a focal point for Les Bleus in Poland/Ukraine.
Another longstanding target of Arsenal (and a host of other clubs), Jan Vertonghen is viewed as a versatile defensive lynchpin if Wenger is able to acquire his services.
The Belgian is currently the captain of Ajax and has expressed his desire to move to the Premier League. While hated neighbors Spurs were initially his destination of choice, the 24-year-old has taken a U-turn and would welcome the prospect of playing at the Emirates.
This rumor is very believable, as current Gunner Thomas Vermaelen is extremely familiar with Vertonghen due to their ties with Ajax and the Belgian national team. Perhaps a phone call from the Verminator is all it will take to convince the young defender to join.
Certainly Wenger has set his sights on bringing in attacking options to alleviate the role of Van Persie, and Montpellier striker Olivier Giroud is a viable long-term option.
Something of a late bloomer, the 25-year-old is leading his club atop the Ligue 1 standings and is sitting on 22 goals this season. He hasn’t had the experience in top-flight football as others, but that doesn’t seem to bother the Frenchman, as he is a consistent goal scorer and a threat every time in front of the net.
The outlandish price tag accompanying Giroud may turn off suitors, but Wenger may opt to negotiate, if possible. He is French mind you, and we all know who gets first crack at the up-and-comers from Wenger’s homeland.
The most successful American ever to play in the Premier League might get the opportunity to showcase his precocious talents for a major club.
Last summer, Wenger tenderly exercised the idea of bringing in Dempsey. With the departures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas last summer, the need for a goal scorer in the midfield is quite evident and Wenger must find someone to take those reins. The Fulham playmaker is perfectly capable and boasts an array of talent going forward.
He is 29, which initially seems against Wenger's policy. But if a meager £10 million is all it will take to snatch him up, I don’t see why they wouldn’t. They brought in Mikel Arteta for a similar price and they are about the same age, plus I feel Dempsey is a lot more flexible than the Spaniard.