Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Players Gunners Must Land

Rob Greissinger@@Rob_Gsinger25Correspondent IIMay 19, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Players Gunners Must Land

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    The Gunners are at a critical point right now. They are close to being a serious threat to win their first Premier League title since 2003-04. They were able to secure third place on the final day. The Gunners will be in the Champions League next year. But the one thing that they will need to do is spend some money. 

    Arsenal must keep Robin van Persie. He scored 30 Premier League goals. No other player on the team got into double digits. At times it looked like van Persie was Arsenal's only scoring threat. To stay dangerous, they have to find a player who can complement him. 

    Lukas Poldolski could be the beginning of getting the final pieces of the puzzle into an Arsenal shirt.

    Their competition is going to do some spending in an effort to get into the Champions League. If the Gunners want to remain in the top three, they'll have to spend money to bolster their team. 

    The Dutch striker will not make a decision until after Euro 2012, according the International Business Times. It could be an agonizing wait for Arsenal supporters. Mrs. van Persie was recently in the news for what Arsenal fans would be pleased to hear—the family are happy in London. Regardless of van Persie, there are several targets that Arsene Wenger must sign in order to get the Gunners to be a serious threat to the two clubs in the northwest. 

Clint Dempsey

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    Arsenal is the club most mentioned when talks of the American midfielder's services are mentioned. He could be a cheaper addition to the Gunners' squad. 

    Dempsey would bring some versatility. He can play on the right side of the midfield behind the striker. The U.S. national team star is a player that Arsene Wenger thinks could fit in perfectly with Arsenal's system. 

    Signing Dempsey is a depth move. According to the Daily Mail, Dempsey is reluctant to sign the papers. That should give Wenger cause for concern. 

    The £10million-rated USA striker scored 23 goals this season.

Olivier Giroud

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    Arsenal need a second striker to complement Robin van Persie should he decide to stay. Giroud could be an option. Should van Persie leave for the big paycheck, Arsenal will need to sign the French striker without a doubt.

    According to Mirror Football, Giroud wants a taste of Champions League football. Arsene Wenger had his chief scout take a serious look at Giroud. 

    John Cross of the Daily Mirror talked to Life's a Pitch about the possibilty of the Gunners signing Giroud.

    "Arsène chooses his words carefully when he talks about potential signings, and he actually spoke about Giroud a few weeks ago at a press conference—he admires him," Cross said. "If Arsenal can get him for around £6million, there’s a good chance of this happening.”

Jan Vertonghen

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    The Ajax defender got more praise than a current Arsenal defender. Ajax youth coach Ronald de Boer said that Vertonghen is better than fellow Belgian Thomas Vermaelen. 

    "Just look at Vermaelen. He was a decent player during his spell at Ajax, but is now seen as one of the best defenders around in the Premier League," de Boer said.

    Vertonghen has a number of upsides that could benefit Arsenal. He can play on the back line or as a defensive midfielder. Another upside is that he could come cheap at £7 million. The price would be lower because his contract expires at the end of next season.

    According to Mirror Football, Arsenal may have to compete with Barcelona and Real Madrid for Vertonghen's signature. What may give Arsenal the advantage in signing him is that Vertonghen and Vermaelen play together on the Belgian national team. Should Vertonghen move to the Gunners, the pair will also play together at the club level, too. 

Yann M'Vila

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    According to the International Business Times, the 21-year-old midfielder is a long-sought target for the Gunners. A deal for him fell apart last year after Rennes wanted too much for him. Arsenal may have to write an even bigger check this time around if they want the Frenchman's services. They may have to go above the club's record transfer fee of £15 million for Andrei Arshavin.

    If one just looks at the football side of the possible signing, there is no doubt that Arsene Wenger should sign M'Vila. He does have a troubled past, however. According to Mirror Football,  he has been charged with assault after he allegedly punched a 17-year-old man.

    That is not his only incident. In 2010 he also allegedly hit a restaurant owner. Wenger would have to consider his past if he is to make a bid for him. reported that M'Vila will make his decision in the next week. He still has one more match to play in the French Ligue 1 season for Rennes against Dijon. 

Eden Hazard

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    Other big clubs are coveting Hazard's services, including the two clubs from Manchester. Some say that the Lille man is worth £30 million.

    In February, reported that Hazard had some interest in joining Arsenal. Wenger even compared Hazard to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

    "There are several clubs that interest me in England and Arsenal is really a part," he said. 

    At the same time, Arsene Wenger spoke to The Guardian about his interest in Hazard. 

    "I like Eden Hazard a lot and for many reasons," Wenger said. "His creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game and his consummate skill in making the final pass. Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club and Arsenal are a top-level club."