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Podolski: Summer arrival
This isn’t as much a goal for next season, but an expectation for the summer leading up to the 2012-2013 campaign.
Still, how this transfer window pans out is critical to next season’s prospects.
Knowing that, I think Arsenal fans will see three “big” signings come in before the window closes.
One looks to be a done deal already: The Telegraph reports Wenger has already completed the signing of German forward Lukas Podolski. If true, it’s a huge sign of intent and a smart signing by the French manager.
After that, Gooners are still looking for additional reinforcements. Despite recent defensive improvements, Arsenal fans would love additional versatility in the form of someone like Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen.
Add another creative midfielder or attacker to the mix, and many fans will be pleased with the summer.
Clint Dempsey is the latest name being linked with Arsenal. The Telegraph suggests that Wenger is seriously considering a bid for the Fulham forward, who has his highest goal tally to date.
Although he may not be the high profile name some are looking for (see Eden Hazard and Mario Gotze), the American international would add grit, versatility and goal-poaching instincts to an Arsenal squad sometimes too reliant on van Persie.
Although the targets will surely change as the season winds down, it is realistic to expect Wenger will bring in at least three important names to a squad finally finding its identity.
With Podolski sealed, let’s wait and see on the other two.