Arsenal Transfers: 5 More Pieces They'd Love to Add Before Transfer Deadline
RvP is out, Poldi and Giroud are in. Song is gone, Cazorla is in and Sahin could be set to follow.
Less than two weeks remain in the English Premier League's transfer window, and Arsenal have already been busy.
Just don't think that they're done.
Manager Arsene Wenger this week revealed his desire to complete more deals before the Aug. 31 deadline (that's next Friday, by the way). "We are looking to bring one more midfielder in of course, and maybe one defender as well because we still feel we are short in some positions," Wenger told Arsenal.com.
Few can hope to know the mind of Wenger, but here are a few guesses at the pieces Arsenal might want to add in the coming days.
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This one is no guess at all.
Arsenal have been linked with German-born Turkish midfielder Nuri Sahin for some time, and it's looking increasingly likely that he'll join from Real Madrid on a season-long loan.
Sahin, 23, joined Real from Borussia Dortmund last year but failed to break into Jose Mourinho's squad. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with loan moves, and Arsenal seem to have the edge (via Metro).
Sahin had a run-in with new Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski a few years back, but even so, he would seem to be an ideal fit in Wenger's midfield.
Securing a season-long loan for Sahin would be solid business for Arsenal, especially if Wenger could then sign him permanently.
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Midfield is one position in which Arsenal appear strong, and that would be even more true should the Gunners acquire Nuri Sahin.
But with injuries to Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky (plus the inevitable new setback Abou Diaby will probably suffer soon), and with the sale of Alex Song to Barcelona, depth is needed.
If the price is right, M'Vila's combination of strength and skill would be a valuable addition to Arsenal's midfield.
A New Forward
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Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner and Andrei Arshavin have all been linked with moves away from Arsenal.
All of those guys are, at best, bit-part players, but if they all leave, Arsenal's forward line would be stripped bare.
Belgian hit-man Kevin Mirallas presented an intriguing option in recent weeks, until he signed with Everton. If Arsene Wenger can find a similar player for a similarly low price, he might pull the trigger.
A Versatile Defender
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Injuries to Laurent Koscielny and Bacary Sagna have left Arsenal thin in defense.
Neither of those deals panned out, but Arsene Wenger clearly wants to bring in another defender. What might Le Professeur have up his sleeve?
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Wojciech Szczesny has established himself as Arsenal's No. 1 keeper. The job is his for the foreseeable future.
Behind him, Arsenal have several backup keepers, but few of them inspire much confidence.
Moving for a reliable No. 2 keeper might be on Arsene Wenger's to-do list for the rest of the summer.
But who would that keeper be?