Arsenal Transfer News: Players Who Can Help Gunners

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Robin van Persie of Arsenal celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Since Robin van Persie announced he would be leaving Arsenal, according to Fox Sports, the Gunners need to shift their attention to Ibrahim Afellay and other players to replace their striker.

The team has already brought in Olivier Giroud (Montpellier) and Lukas Podolski (Cologne) to bolster the offense, but they need to continue to add to their roster.

Having Giroud, Podolski and Van Persie makes this unit would have been one of the best in the world. With Van Persie leaving, however, they have to be aggressive in their pursuit of forwards.

Van Persie will be difficult to replace, but the Gunners have to look to acquire players for a reasonable price. Some of their potential targets will be difficult to get, but Arsenal needs to make changes.

The club could sit around and hope Van Persie changes his mind, but they should pursue other options to get better.

While their earlier offseason acquisitions will give them a solid offensive attack, they have to look at other options in order to compete in the English Premier League.


Ibrahim Afellay

Although Metro's Jamie Sanderson reports Afellay is not interested in leaving Barcelona, the Gunners should pursue him.

At around £6 million, he would be worth getting. Arsenal is looking for someone to come in and replace Van Persie, and Afellay would be a viable option.

He has the ability to score in great fashion and would complement Giroud and Podolski. The 26-year-old Afellay moves quickly and can play different roles. 

His versatility would allow the Gunners to use him on the outside or even around midfield. However, if they are able to get him, he would most likely join the strikers up front. 

The Gunners are looking to bring in playmakers, and Afellay fits that description perfectly.

After representing Holland at Euro 2012, he would bring international experience to Arsenal. 
While he is not guaranteed of a lot of playing time with Barcelona, he is still under contract through 2015.

There may be other options better than Afellay, but he would come at a bargain if the Gunners could pick him up.


Alan Dzagoev

Unlike some players, Alan Dzagoev has come through on the big stage. 

At Euro 2012, he scored three goals for Russia but was unable to get his team past group play. Although his team failed to advance in the tournament, he made a name for himself. His play should have many teams chasing him.

According to the Daily Mail, the Gunners are interested in acquiring Dzagoev. 

He would be expensive (approximately £13 to £15 million), so Afellay may be a more attractive player. 

The 22-year-old forward is four years younger than Afellay, but he is not locked up for the future. Since his contract runs out after this year, he could come at a cheaper price than he is worth.

Dzagoev would bring a great work ethic to Arsenal, and he is a very technical player. His skills would help spark the Gunners, and he brings aggressiveness to the attack.

Not only can he score, but he can also get the ball to his teammates with great passes.

The 22-year-old Dzagoev is quickly turning into a star, and he would help the Gunners contend for the EPL championship. 


Tongo Doumbia

Although Van Persie was a great forward, Tongo Doumbia would help set up his teammates from the midfield position.

According to Talksport's Bill Mann, Arsenal is interested in trying to sign the Rennes midfielder.
Arsene Wenger has been aggressive in trying to improve the roster, and he hopes to bolster the midfield position.

Even though his track record is not overwhelming, Doumbia would be a smart fit with the Gunners. He would give them a strong force in the middle of the field.

This would rule out any chance of the Gunner trying to sign Yann M'Vila, Doumbia's teammate. As reported by the Daily Mail, M'Vila showed interest in joining the team. However, the team is looking at Doumbia now.

It looks like a good fit for both sides, and it would be even better if Arsenal could get a forward as well. 


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