The summer has been filled with plenty of intrigue for English Premier League juggernaut Arsenal.
The Gunners and manager Arsene Wenger have seen a flurry of activity on the transfer front—with several moves being made in an effort to bolster the club’s quest to end its seven-year EPL title drought.
The summer additions of strikers Lukas Podolski and Oliver Giroud, plus last week’s acquisition of former Malaga and Villareal midfielder Santi Cazorla have given the club a much needed boost coming off last season’s third place finish in the EPL.
Wenger may not be done yet—with his sights currently set on 23-year-old Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin, who is leaving Real Madrid per Goal.com.
However, the possibility of losing several key contributors could put a dent in the Emirates’ enthusiasm—the most notable being team captain Robin van Persie, who has refused to sign an extension with the club per The Mirror.
Greg Stobart of Yahoo! Sports reports that the 29-year-old striker could be on his way to Old Trafford—with Manchester United aggressively pursuing a deal to land him.
Another striker whose future with the Gunners is in limbo is Nicklas Bendtner.
However, the possibility exists that Bendtner could still be used in an exchange to land AC Milan defenseman Phillipe Maxes, according to Thomas Atzenhoffer of The Examiner.
Meanwhile, forward Theo Walcott—who has spent the last six seasons with the Gunners—has emerged as a target for Inter Milan, per Simon Burnton of The Guardian.
While the potential losses are worth noting, the saga surrounding Van Persie and his uncertain future with the club is still the main problem that Wenger and the Gunners have to resolve soon.
Losing a 30-goal scorer—especially considering he may end up at a long-time rival club—would be a bitter pill to swallow.
But as B/R’s Charlie Melman points out, if Arsenal gets its asking price for its coveted striker—the deal may end up with a favorable conclusion for both parties.
Despite potentially losing its leading scorer, the additions of two quality strikers and a world-class midfielder should be enough to offset the potential blow of losing Van Persie.