Arsenal Transfer News: 5 Players Arsene Wenger Needs to Avoid
The highly anticipated summer transfer window opens this Sunday.
Arsenal has already signed two European strikers, Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud. Now Arsene Wenger will need to recruit players that will add value to their defence and midfield.
The English Premier League has played host to talent from around the world. Manchester City's win last season will no doubt inspire other clubs to spend big in order to win.
Many lists have been created in the past to rank the top players Arsenal must sign in order to win. However, in a tight economy, Arsene Wenger must also avoid signing players that he may no longer need.
This list will take a look at the top-five players linked with Arsenal that are no longer essential at the Emirates Stadium.
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Year after year, Fernando Llorente is linked with a move to the premier league. This year, Arsenal and Manchester City were considering the Athletic Bilbao forward as a summer target.
Since Arsenal has signed French central forward Olivier Giroud from Montepellier, the club no longer requires the services of Llorente.
With Lukas Podolski, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho and Robin Van Persie, Arsene is no longer short on attacking options, thus Llorente would spend a lot of time on the bench if he is signed. A waste of the Spanish striker's talent and time.
Hatem Ben Arfa
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Hatem Ben Arfa currently plays as a winger for Newcastle. The reason Arsene Wenger should avoid this Frenchman is because Arsenal already has Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and Ryo Miyaichi (who should debut for Arsenal soon) playing the winger role for the team.
Even at Arsenal, Ben Arfa won't be a regular on the pitch and should be avoided as he would not be able to bring anything different to the team.
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Yes Arsenal's defence needs strengthening, but Martin Skrtel isn't the answer.
Although he is often the reason why Liverpool still manages a clean sheet, the Slovakian central defender would need to constantly compete with Johan Djourou, Sébastien Squillaci, Laurent Koscielny, Thomas Vermaelen, and Per Mertesacker for first team play.
Skrtel is already 27 years old, and has slowly become inconsistent for his club. Arsenal already has enough players on their squad that show inconsistency, and the inclusion of another should absolutely be avoided.
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Arsenal's hottest target of the summer had quite the bad experience at the UEFA Euro 2012.
Although Yann M'Vila has confirmed interest in a move to Arsenal, his lackluster performance for France, and his decision to hold off transfer talks till the end the tournament, has lead Wenger to consider other options.
M'Vila was one of the players everyone had their eyes on at the Euros, but he left without inspiring his nation. Now both Inter Milan and Arsenal have cooled off their race for the defensive midfielder.
Even though a defensive midfielder should be Arsenal's top priority this summer, M'Vila's decision to await the end of the Euros to make a decision suggests he is already hoping other clubs will make offers.
In the past, Arsenal has lost many French division players to higher spending clubs before their contracts ran out. Therefore, they should avoid signing a player who seems to already undervalue the chance to be a Gunner.
Jose Salomon Rondon
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As the Malaga striker Jose Rondon eyes a move to the premier league, Arsenal and Liverpool have options for next year.
Arsenal is reportedly ready to pay £18 million to lure him from La Liga.
However, the 22 year old will no longer be needed at Emirates Stadium next year since Arsenal signed Giroud.
With multiple striking options already on the bench, Arsene Wenger should hold off on Rondon and focus his resources and attention on signing defenders, defensive midfielders and wingbacks. The service of a young striker is no longer a priority for Wenger this summer.