Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Latest on Stevan Jovetic, Wojciech Szczesny and More

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 18, 2013

BOLOGNA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 26:  Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina in action during the Serie A match between Bologna FC and ACF Fiorentina at Stadio Renato Dall'Ara on February 26, 2013 in Bologna, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
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Although there's plenty left to get decided for Arsenal during the current campaign as they fight for a Champions League spot, the summer rumor mill is already heating up. The number of options the Gunners have will increase if they chase down Chelsea or Tottenham.

One thing they will be searching for during the offseason are players who can provide some consistency. The Gunners have gone through stretches where they definitely looked worthy of making the Champions League, but they haven't been able to maintain that form.

Let's examine some of the latest buzz involving Arsenal, including potential additions and also a possible subtraction, as the Premier League season begins to wind down.


Stevan Jovetic

Jovetic is enjoying another strong season with Fiorentina in Serie A. The 23-year-old striker has scored 23 goals and chipped in four assists to help lead the Viola attack. His success makes it no surprise that clubs outside Italy would be tracking him.

Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports the Gunners are so intrigued by his play that they would be willing to break their record transfer fee to land him. The rumored asking price is at least £20 million, and making the Champions League is key.

Arsenal have relied on a committee approach to produce offense, with players like Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla taking on a lead role. Adding Jovetic would give them the go-to target they need in the attacking third, and he's still getting better.


Wojciech Szczesny

Lukasz Fabianski has drawn two straight starts for the Gunners, recording two clean sheets in both. It's led to questions about the future of Szczesny, who's failed to establish himself as the club's true No. 1 goalkeeper over the past few seasons.

Longtime manager Arsene Wenger is seeking more stability at the position and, unless Szczesny can prove himself down the stretch, he could be on the way out, according to the aforementioned Sami Mokbel. He also names Thomas Vermaelen as a player on the brink.

Szczesny's talent has never been in question. He possesses the skill set necessary to become an undisputed starter in the Premier League, but he hasn't been able to put it all together yet. And apparently Wenger is running out of patience.


Michel Vorm

Vorm is a name to keep in mind if the Gunners do decide to change things up at goalkeeper in the offseason. The Swansea star could be in line for a move to a bigger club after a couple strong seasons at Liberty Stadium.

Tom Hopkinson and Dave Kidd of the Daily Mirror report Vorm is one of the players Wenger is strongly considering to fill the potential keeper void. Other players mentioned include Liverpool's Pepe Reina and Asmir Begovic of Stoke City.

The Gunners would probably love for Szczesny to get back in the mix down the stretch and re-establish himself as the starting keeper heading into next season. If that doesn't happen, Vorm would be a solid option who should come without an eye-popping price tag.