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Say you're an in-form, in-demand, hugely talented young footballer linked with Arsenal in the aftermath of Robin van Persie's seemingly certain decision to leave his club (before the U-turn). You can look at the interest in one of two ways.
On the one hand, if you've got the ability to score goals in any situation embedded in you, this is an opportunity to lead the line at a club with continental pedigree and rich tradition, to follow in the footsteps of Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and van Persie. A daunting prospect for any man, and one only the most spectacular strikers in world football would be able to achieve with real success.
On the other hand, joining a club with all that history, but with the chance to play alongside a 37-goal-a-season hitman in skipper Van Persie—that seems like a lot more fun.
That by no means decreases the likelihood of netting yourself if you're one of Lukas Podolski or Olivier Giroud, both of whom became Arsenal players at the start of July. Instead, it opens up new avenues, methods of playing the beautiful game in a formidable attacking triad, or one of a genuine plethora of tactical innovations.
Should Arsenal hang on to their captain, the club will continue to be linked to players of undeniable quality, such as Fiorentina's Montenegrin trequartista, Stevan Jovetic (courtesy of Metro). The Evening Standard also reports the Jovetic interest, whilst simultaneously linking the club with Borussia Dortmund's Poland hitman Robert Lewandowski.
Similarly, the club remain heavily linked with Rennes midfield general Yann M'Vila, with Arsenal having been "set to sign" the 22-year-old France international the best part of three weeks ago (as per The Week).
The only thing seemingly missing from all this transfer speculation—the three aforementioned but a handful of numerous targets reported by media sources—is any strong links to a world-class defender.
While Vermaelen and Koscielny built up a strong partnership throughout the 2011-12 campaign, Per Mertesacker struggled to live up to his expectations despite injury and Johan Djourou looked weak, especially when played out of position on the flanks when such action was necessitated by injury to starting players.
Despite that, should Arsenal retain their captain and continue to add such talented players like Jovetic and M'Vila, they will continue to become a huge force to be reckoned with in the Premier League next season, further competing with the Manchester clubs and their rivals in London town, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.