Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Players to Buy with Money from Robin van Persie Sale

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 30, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Players to Buy with Money from Robin van Persie Sale

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    As the Robin van Persie transfer saga enters yet another frustrating week, speculation will continue to run rampant over possible destinations and replacements for the Dutch superstar.

    Relations between Van Persie and Arsenal are apparently becoming more fractured by the day, and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is clearly not pleased with the current state of the situation.

    In fact, according to ESPN Soccernet, the Frenchman showed his frustration at a recent press conference.

    With Van Persie's destination still unclear, here are a few players that Arsenal could target should he depart this summer.

Yann M'Vila

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    Although Arsene Wenger has denied interest (via Sports Illustrated) in French midfielder Yann M'Vila, there are still several uncertainties surrounding Arsenal's midfield.

    Abou Diaby has been plagued by injuries during his time with Arsenal, and while he's currently on the mend, his health is far from a guarantee as the season approaches.

    In M'Vila, Arsenal have the chance to acquire a proven defensive midfielder who is just 22 and still has room to grow.

    After an impressive season with French Ligue 1 side Stade Rennes, M'Vila impressed further at this summer's European Championships. He made two starts for the French national team.

Santi Cazorla

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    According to The Guardian, Arsenal have submitted a £16 million bid for Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla.

    Cazorla didn't see extended playing time with the Spanish national team at Euro 2012, but his stellar play in La Liga has been worthy of praise.

    A staple of Spanish side Villarreal from 2003 to 2010, the 27-year-old made the switch to Malaga last summer. In his first full season with his new side, Cazorla scored nine goals in 38 starts.

    Often overlooked in Spain's loaded national roster, Cazorla could be a nice pickup for Arsene Wenger's squad as they enter the 2012-13 campaign.

Nuri Sahin

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    According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are close to securing Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin on a season-long loan.

    One of several midfielders with links to the Gunners, Sahin could be an intriguing grab after seeing very little action in his first season with La Liga champions Real Madrid.

    A member of the Turkish national team, Sahin spent the bulk of his career with Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

    Despite the team's wealth of talent in midfield, the 23-year-old could help provide some stability in a position that has been plagued by injuries to Abou Diaby and Jack Wilshere.

Paulo Henrique Ganso

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    According to ESPN Soccernet, Arsenal have expressed interest in acquiring Brazilian midfielder Ganso.

    While it may be considered a difficult task to capture any sort of spotlight while playing with internationally renowned striker Neymar, Ganso has established himself as one of the world's brightest young attacking midfielders.

    Ganso has recorded 28 goals over the last three seasons for Brazilian side Santos, and his increased production over the past few seasons has apparently made him an attractive name to many of Europe's biggest clubs.

    Just 22 years old, Ganso could be in line for a long and storied career should he make a move to Arsenal.

Theo Walcott

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    With his contract situation currently a hot topic of conversation, Arsenal would be wise to lock up midfielder Theo Walcott long-term.

    According to The Mirror, Walcott and Arsenal will renew contract discussions in the coming days as the midfielder enters the final year of his contract.

    Still just 23 years old, Walcott has been a staple of the Gunners' lineup for the past several years. In his most recent campaign, the Englishman netted eight goals and dished out an equal number of assists.

    Walcott may not be an exciting new name, but keeping him with the club should be a top priority as the summer transfer window nears a close.