An incoming transfer oftentimes has a similar effect to a team victory. That feeling was on display once again Monday, when FC Cologne striker Lukas Podolski was officially announced as the newest Gunner.
We've yet to see Podolski play or learn if he can fit into the team dynamic, but we're hopeful. Given his considerable talent and experience playing at the highest levels (he has 95 caps for the senior German national team), it would seem likely that he can make an impact, perhaps as early as next season.
The German will likely be the first of what promises to be a very active transfer window by Arsene Wenger as he looks to strengthen his side ahead of a title push in 2012-13.
The promise of more signings makes one wonder...what players were almost signed in the past, but ended up going to other clubs?
Here's a list of six players who could have made significant impacts at Arsenal, but saw their transfer moves fall flat.