Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Targets the Gunners Should Not Sign

Rohan SubraSenior Analyst IJune 4, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Targets the Gunners Should Not Sign

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    The summer transfer window is all about rumors. Endless rumors: realistic ones, slightly unrealistic ones, and ridiculous ones.

    I am not going to deal with the ridiculous ones. I will discuss realistic ones, and maybe a little about slightly unrealistic rumors, but if it sounds outrageous, no one should really be taking it really seriously during the summer.

    Arsene Wenger is looking to improve on a third-place finish, after starting the season terribly. Maybe he has learned his lesson after last year, when the Gunners failed miserably at the beginning of the 11-12 year.

    After losing to Liverpool 2-0 and being pounded 8-2, le Professeur made multiple signings on transfer deadline day, and those players reinforced the squad, and helped to finish in a Champions League spot.

    As this transfer window comes, many rumors are swirling around about who the Gunners will sign, and many could potentially be valuable assets.

    However, there are people who I don't think should be brought to the Emirates. Here they are.

Steven N'Zonzi

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    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Age: 23

    Current Club: Blackburn Rovers

    Why He Shouldn't Be Signed:

    N'Zonzi is a Frenchman who hasn't really hugely excelled yet, at least not enough to replace Song or Wilshere in the midfield.

    The youngster is being pursued by other teams as well, and since the Gunners may need to spend big in the case of Robin van Persie's departure, it would be wise to keep all the money that they can this transfer window.

    Despite what The Mirror says, I think main because of the depth that Arsenal possess, but also a bit because of unnecessary spending, they shouldn't buy N'Zonzi.

Andrei Arshavin

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    Position: Winger

    Age: 31

    Current Club: Arsenal (on loan to Zenit St. Petersburg)

    Why He Shouldn't Be Signed:

    The Russian bomb may have had a good season at the Emirates, but I believe that that good spell has been over for a while. After slowing down, getting lazier, Wenger allowed Arshavin to leave on loan for a reason.

    Plus, the Meerkat says he is happy there. According to Today's Football News, Arshavin on going to Zenit:

    "It was the right decision...There are many reasons why. First of all, I am now playing, and that is paramount for any player as training is no substitute for matches. Second, I have returned to my hometown. Third, Zenit have done everything to make me feel comfortable and my thoughts are now only focused on football.”

    It's a no-brainer that letting him go there permanently benefits both teams, as well as Arshavin.

Alessandro Del Piero

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    Position: Striker

    Age: 37

    Current Club: Juventus

    Why He Shouldn't Be Signed:

    He's old. It seems like something that goes without saying, but more there are more Arsenal fans in favor of this move than you would expect. It seems that all Gooners care about is finishing ability, without taking age into consideration.

    While he said before that he wouldn't want to move away from Juventus, a move to England isn on the cards, according to Sky Sports:

    "He admits he would relish the opportunity to test himself in the Premier League and has already been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers."

    He may be very skilled and experience, but if Arsenal get him, the transfer fee wouldn't be too low, and he probably can't be playing at a high level for very long.

Jan Vertonghen

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    Position: Center back

    Age: 25

    Current Club: Ajax

    Why He Shouldn't Be Signed:

    I don't understand why so many people are in favor of Arsenal buying centre-backs.

    With Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny forming a formidable centre-back partnership, and Per Mertesacker to potentially fill in for them in case of injury or suspension, that position is fine for the Gunners.

    Not only that, but Vertonghen would cost the Gunners at least ₤9 million, if they were to get into a bidding war with Tottenham, who have already drawn interest from Vertonghen.

    Instead of focusing on a center back, why don't Arsenal think about left backs: Gibbs and Santos aren't as good as the other three in the back line (Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny), so maybe Wenger should land Leighton Baines or someone.

Yann M'Vila

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    Position: Defensive Midfielder

    Age: 21

    Current Club: Rennes

    Why He Shouldn't Be Signed:

    I know that he is supposed to be a really important signing, but as I mentioned before, Arsenal already have significant depth in terms of holding midfielders, with the likes of Song and Wilshere, with Frimpong and Coquelin both developing.

    I know that he made the most passes in the entire Ligue 1, but Arsenal have a great passing game, with Arteta making the squad tick, along with Alex Song's newly-discovered vision.

    Plus, his injury won't help at all. He has a sprained ankle, and could miss the Euro's, where he was supposed to break out on a big stage with France.

    He might cost more than ₤20 million, which is a bit steep if the Gunners look to improve not only their strike force, but replace van Persie with a big-name player.

    I just don't think it's worth buying someone in a position that is already stacked, but also spending a lot of money on a partly-injured guy, while needing to replace the star captain who is the PFA and FWA player of the year.