Nuri Sahin’s rumored addition to Arsenal’s ranks would cap off a perfect management of the summer transfer window by the Gunners.
The entire summer has revolved around Arsenal keeping striker Robin van Persie in town, and the club has made some significant deals in order to do that.
According to Goal.com, the Turkish mid-fielder was granted permission to go to Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid. If this ends up happening, the Gunners will be getting a 23-year-old with a lot of ability and a lot to prove after several injuries and missing playing time due to a deep Madrid roster.
A healthy and active Sahin would upgrade the Gunners midfield and could even propel them to contender status for the upcoming season.
Let’s take a look at the biggest moves in addition to the probable loan of Sahin that made this summer really special.
Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud
Arsenal’s attack has been instantly upgraded by Giroud’s penetration and ability to force the issue coupled with Podolski’s finishing capability.
Sam Tighe of BleacherReport.com even said that Giroud has the ability to “revolutionize Arsenal’s attack.”
According to the Mirror, “only a formal announcement” remains in the deal that will send Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla to the Gunners. Legal red tape due to Malaga’s finances remains the culprit that is holding things up.
Cazorla is a huge addition from Spain’s Euro 2012 squad. According to the report he’s already cleared a medical screening and has visited The Emirates while awaiting the deal to clear.
Likely Retaining Robin van Persie
The Dutchman’s options certainly seem to be diminishing as the Mirror report suggests. However, if Manchester United is willing to pay the exorbitant price tag, they still have a shot at landing van Persie.
A couple things still have yet to be determined but things are looking up for the Gunners after a rocky summer.
Arsene Wenger believes these moves have been enough to keep van Persie and to contend this year.
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