Arsenal Transfer News: Latest Buzz Surrounding the Gunners' Offseason

Brian Stepanek@@StepanekButtonCorrespondent IIJune 19, 2012

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With the Dutch nationals exiting the 2012 Euros at an uncharacteristically early stage, Arsenal striker Robin van Persie's club side fate is on the clock as the July 1st transfer window approaches.

The Gunners haven't exactly sat on their hands to start the summer either, as their two-pronged pursuit of reputed German scoring machine Lukas Podolski and French netfinder extrordinaire Olivier Giroud created a buzz as subtle as Nicklas Bendtner's choice in betting websites, and underwear for that matter.

At 27 years old, the Polish-born forward's success for the German national side and Bayern Munich earned him notoriety throughout the footballing world.

English fans in particular, watched as "Poldi" and Miroslav Klose obliterated the Three Lions in the 2010 World Cup to the tune of a 4-1 spanking.

However, Podolski's career during the club season has been somewhat tumultuous, with Luca Toni usurping his position opposite Klose at Bayern in 2009.

Podolski returned to FC Köln, his childhood team, where die Geißböcke saw themselves relegated to Bundesliga 2.

After awarding German defender Per Mertesacker a £10 million contract during last summer's transfer period, the Gunners have every reason to be wary of overpaying for a more-famous-than-good member of die Mannschaft.

Mertesacker's lateral immobility often failed to register when surrounded by quality teammates at Pokal-winning Werder Bremen and with the German national side. 

Increased responsibility along with the unforgiving nature of Premiership football combined to expose Mertesacker, the humbling year culminating with DFB skipper Joachim Löw scratching the defender from the starting 11 for the 2012 Euros. 

Podolski continues to produce for the German national side, as he earned man of the match credit during his 100th cap for Germany. At 27, Podolski competes in his third Euro competition and presents a resume with honors like Sliver Boot, 2008 Euro Cup and two-time German Athlete of the Year.

Giroud, meanwhile, is at the beginning of his career arc only two years younger at age 25. With his first major international appearance for France this summer, the FFF confirmed what Tours and Montpellier already knew: Olivier Giroud could be one of the most dangerous finishers on the European continent.

Giroud's 21 goals in 2011-12 earned him Top Goal Scorer credentials in Ligue 1. Though his mark tied him with Paris Saint-Germain's Nenê, Giroud scored more goals in open play.

When will van Persie clarify his intentions, again?

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