Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 3 Players Who Could Make Up for Losing Robin van Persie

Geoff RatliffContributor IIIAugust 23, 2012

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 3 Players Who Could Make Up for Losing Robin van Persie

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    Arsenal has been scrambling to find reinforcements following the departures of former Gunners Robin van Persie and Alex Song at the beginning of the 2012-13 English Premier League season. 

    Van Persie led the EPL with 30 goals last season from a forward position, while Song led the team in assists. Both will be tough to replace, but Arsenal must find a reasonable alternative if they hope to improve on last year’s third-place finish.

    The Gunners haven't lifted the Premier League title since "The Invincibles" won it all in the 2003-04 season, but will again be eager to end that drought this year.

    Arsenal has been linked with a number of names in recent weeks as the club look to achieve that goal.

    Here are three players who could find themselves suiting up for the Gunners before long.

Nuri Sahin, Real Madrid

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    Arsenal fans have been going crazy recently over the saga surrounding the loan transfer of Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.

    According to The Independent on Wednesday, citing reports in the German media, Sahin was to officially join the Gunners on a one-year loan.

    Meanwhile, citing reports in Spain, the Daily Mirror suggests that Liverpool are on the verge of hijacking the move.

    With the mass exodus of Arsenal veterans over the last few years, Arsene Wenger must do whatever he can to bring in another notable talent. 

    Sahin wasn't a key player for Real Madrid over the last season, but the 23-year-old is certain to gain more playing time for an Arsenal squad that could use more manpower following the departures of Van Persie and particularly Song.

    Hopefully Arsenal fans will get their first look at Sahin when the club faces Stoke City in this weekend's Premier League matchup. 

Yann M'Vila, Stade Rennes

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    Even with the possibility of signing Sahin on loan, Arsenal could still look to further bolster their midfield by signing 22-year-old Yann M'Vila from Stade Rennes of Ligue 1.

    Although no transfer is imminent, according to the Press Association (via ITV Sport), the Arsenal manager could make a move for the club's long-term target before the end of the week.

    While Arsenal still boasts an impressive collection of midfielders, boss Arsene Wenger had to be frustrated with his team's performance against Sunderland in the opening match of the new Premier League season.

    The acquisition of M'Vila would provide a more permanent answer to the departure of Song, with Sahin's addition reportedly coming only in the form of a one-year loan. 

Jesus Navas, Sevilla

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    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could make yet another big move by going after Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, according to the Daily Star.

    The addition of Navas would not be a direct replacement for Song, like Sahin or M'Vila, but he would make up for the loss of the Cameroon international in certain areas—meanwhile, he would make up for the loss of Van Persie in others. 

    Wenger has money to spare following the transfers of both the Dutchman and Song. With the September 1 transfer deadline looming, Arsenal will be looking to complete the negotiations with Sevilla quickly.

    If Wenger can indeed complete a deal for Navas, the Gunners could give Manchester City and Manchester United a legitimate run for the Premier League title this season.