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Arsenal Transfer News: Could Salomon Kalou Be Coming to the Emirates?

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 19:  Salomon Kalou of Chelsea in action during UEFA Champions League Final between FC Bayern Muenchen and Chelsea at the Fussball Arena München on May 19, 2012 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 23, 2012

With the discussion surrounding Robin van Persie's future at the Emirates continuing, Arsenal have been linked with off-contract Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou as a striker to play alongside the Dutchman in the English Premier League.

According to Mirror Football and Caught Offside, the Ivory Coast international is yet to come to a new contract with the Blues since their UEFA Champions League victory and thus would be available for Arsenal for nothing.

The Gunners have brought in German striker Lukas Podolski to strengthen their attack and give van Persie some needed assistance, but Kalou's versatility up front would also be of great assistance to the Gunners, who struggled with depth last year.

Kalou has been linked to Arsenal ever since Arsene Wenger sang the praises of the international, and Kalou himself spoke of the honor it would be to play at Arsenal under Wenger:

Arsene Wenger said he thought of signing me? That's an honor for me, an honor...Because he is a very good coach and I know that every single player in the world dreams of playing for Arsene Wenger.

I have a lot of respect for him, he is one of the best coaches in the world, so why not?

As Wenger starts to clear out the cash draw, perhaps we could finally see the move that has not-so-secretly been coming all along.

There would still be contract issues—which saw Kalou fall out of favor with Chelsea in the first place—but if it could be sorted, then the Ivory Coast striker could be finding his way to the Emirates and Arsenal could be finding their way back to the most dominant attack in the league.

 

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