5 Summer Transfer Rumours Arsenal Fans Want to Come True

Matthew CelentanoFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2013

5 Summer Transfer Rumours Arsenal Fans Want to Come True

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    Arsenal are currently in the thick of a heated race for a spot in the top four, with just four games left and everything to play for.

    The Gunners have been on a good run for the past few weeks and are in third place at the moment, but Arsene Wenger can't let that blind him from seeing that some areas of the squad need some serious improvement.

    Despite the back four recently keeping clean sheets against Bayern Munich, Swansea, Everton and Fulham, the defense is far from fixed. After all, this is Arsenal—a team capable of self-destructing at any given time and defending like school girls.

    Further up the pitch, there's still the need for a defensive midfield enforcer, something Arsenal have been missing since Patrick Vieira left the club in 2005. Wenger has plenty of central midfielders at his disposal, but none of them are quite built in that Vieira mold. Mikel Arteta has been asked to do a job there this season and has performed surprisingly well, with 3.3 tackles and 2.8 interceptions per game in the league (via WhoScored.com), but nonetheless, a traditional defensive midfielder is clearly needed.

    Up front, bringing in some striking firepower is a must this summer. Olivier Giroud has had a decent first season in England but can be frustratingly wasteful at times, Theo Walcott seems better suited to the wings, and Lukas Podolski can't seem to get 90 minutes under his belt.

    With Arsenal linked to countless players as usual, here are five summer transfer rumours Arsenal fans want to come true.

Stevan Jovetic

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    Heavily linked to Arsenal recently, Stevan Jovetic would be a brilliant buy for the Gunners.

    His numbers—12 goals and four assists in 26 league games—may not be outstanding, but they don't tell the whole story. Despite being a forward, Jovetic has been a creative force for Fiorentina this season—his average of two key passes per Serie A game (via WhoScored.com) is better than Hernanes, Erik Lamela and Stephan El Shaarawy.

    The 23-year-old's average of 3.7 shots per game is the third most in Serie A behind Edinson Cavani and Antonio Di Natale and higher than any player in the current Arsenal squad.

    The Montenegrin won't come cheap, but Arsenal supporters will be praying that the rumours linking the talented youngster to the Emirates are true.

Mario Gotze

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    It's a rumour I simply don't believe, but I doubt think there's a single Arsenal supporter out there who wouldn't want to see Mario Gotze in red and white.

    The German international has had such an incredible season for Borussia Dortmund that it's sometimes easy to forget that he's just 20 years old. He's been the driving force for Dortmund's run to the Champions League semifinals, with two goals and four assists in the competition thus far and has also been phenomenal in the Bundesliga with 10 goals and nine assists to his name.

    Not only is Gotze the future of German football, but he's undoubtedly one of the best players in the world under the age of 23. It's highly unlikely that he'll sign for Arsenal this summer, but you never know...

Alex Song

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    If there was any player that came close to replacing Patrick Vieira in defensive midfield, it was Alex Song.

    Unearthed by Arsene Wenger at age 17 after signing from Ligue 1 side Bastia, Song took a few seasons to develop as a player before establishing himself as a key component in the Arsenal midfield. The Cameroonian gives Arsenal a physical presence in the middle of the park, something they lacked before his arrival and have lacked since his departure, making tackles and giving other midfielders (specifically Cesc Fabregas at the time) the freedom to venture forward and attack.

    In his final season with Arsenal, the 2011-12 campaign, Song was arguably Arsenal's best player after the prolific Robin Van Persie and had become a fan favorite due to his unique hairstyles and gorgeous lofted through balls.

    Unfortunately, Alex Song's surprise transfer to Barcelona hasn't quite gone to plan. The 25-year-old has found trouble breaking into Barcelona's stacked midfield, making just 16 league appearances this season and even voted as the second worst La Liga signing of the season.

    According to his cousin, Song isn't happy at Barcelona and misses life at Arsenal. With reports linking him with a return to the Emirates this summer—a shock move back could definitely be on the cards.

Julian Draxler

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    Not yet a household name, 19-year-old Julian Draxler has impressed for Schalke this season and is already being linked with a summer move to Arsenal.

    The recently capped German international has played in a few different positions for the Bundesliga outfit—usually at left midfield or center attacking midfield—but seems to perform well regardless of his position. His statistics speak for themselves, with eight goals and two assists in the Bundesliga as well as averaging 2.5 dribbles, 1.4 key passes and 2 shots per game.

    Remember, he's only 19. He may not be a superstar just yet, but there's no doubting he has the potential to be world class someday—Arsenal supporters can only hope he'll do it in North London.

Ashley Williams

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    I'll admit—this one's my wild card.

    When Arsenal fans think of dream signings, Ashley Williams isn't exactly the first player to come to mind. He's 28 years old, plays for mid-table outfit Swansea City, and his Welsh passport isn't quite as attractive as a Spanish or German one.

    But take all of those factors away, and you can't avoid the fact that Williams is simply a good defender—in fact, he's exactly what Arsenal need. Strong in tackling and dominant in the air, the Swansea captain is a leader of men, something that the Gunners have lacked at times this season.

    Williams would fit in well with the Arsenal style of play, too, with Michael Laudrup's side playing a similar possession-based brand of football.

    Maybe it's not the most exciting transfer on paper, but if rumours are true that the Welshman is Arsenal-bound this summer, the Gunners' defensive issues could be a thing of the past.