Top 10 Arsenal Transfer Targets: Already in the Premier League
With the current Premier League season coming to a close, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger knows he is about to enter the merry-go-round that is the summer transfer market. Here is a list compiled of 10 top performers who already ply their trade in the Premier League.
The Gunners' boss may see these players as a more financially viable solution as they may have gone under the radar of other Premier League bosses, and they will know what it takes to make it as top players in England.
With names like Fiorentina's Stevan Jovetic being linked with big money summer moves from foreign leagues, to the Emirates, Wenger knows he may win a transfer battle once but there are plenty of other clubs with greater financial backing to pick the cream of Europe's crop.
This may force Arsenal to look closer to home in their transfer dealings, and with Wenger having made a name for himself by identifying what are perceived to be lesser talents and transforming them into world-class footballers, he may scout out the best of the rest of the Premier League in order to strengthen his squad ahead of next season.
Asmir Begovic, Stoke
Stoke City's keeper, Asmir Begovic, has been in fine form this season. Despite the Potters' recent poor run of form the Bosnian shot-stopper has kept 12 clean sheets in 35 appearances in the league this season.
With constant doubt being cast over Arsenal's injury prone Lukasz Fabianski and mentally weary No. 1 Wojciech Szczesny, Begovic could be seen as an ideal replacement. Stoke captured the signing of young England prospect Jack Butland in January, a move that may indicate Begovic's imminent departure from the club.
Simon Mignolet, Sunderland
Another 'keeper who has won a lot of praise for a string of superb performances this season is Sunderland's Simon Mignolet.
So much so, in fact, he has already been linked with Arsenal, reports in England suggest Wenger is keen to make him a £10 million acquisition in the close season. Wenger may look to bring in the 25-year-old Belgian to challenge Szczesny for the number one spot.
Maya Yoshida, Southampton
Since making his debut in the Premier League, ironically a 6-1 defeat at Arsenal, Maya Yoshida has grown in stature and reputation during his time on the south coast.
The Japanese international would be seen as great cover and give Wenger four quality choices at centre-back.
Although his pace might not be the best, it is his tough tackling and positional sense that has won him great accolades during his first season in the Premier League.
Ashley Williams, Swansea
The imposing figure of Swansea and Wales captain, Ashley Williams, could also prove a valuable solution for Arsenal to bolster their defensive options.
Williams has the physical ability as well as a calmness under pressure to deal with the step up (no disrespect to Swansea) to Wenger's side. Though the fact he is captain of his country could mean he values regular first-team football more than in a squad rotation policy.
Nevertheless, he has all the attributes to make that transition and play European and domestic football on a regular basis.
Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle
The French midfield maestro has impressed in his short time in England. Cementing his place in the heart of Newcastle's centre, he was the creative inspiration behind the Magpies' fifth-place finish last season.
The French international would find the switch fairly seamless with such a strong French contingency already present at Arsenal. His vision and control are to be admired and in 25 league games this campaign he has netted six times and created 52 goal-scoring opportunities.
Mo Diame, West Ham United
Having previously been linked with a move in January to Arsenal, this is a player who Arsene Wenger might want to take another look at in the coming weeks.
Built in the same mold as Arsenal ex-captain Patrick Vieira, Diame could be that midfield engine, and bit of steel, that Arsenal have been lacking for some time.
With such an array of attacking midfield options at his disposal, Wenger knows it is this kind of player who will add another dimension to his side next season, and he may be able to get him cheaply, too. West Ham will want to cash in on him rather than let him walk, should the big Senegalese international fancy a move.
Claudio Yacob, West Bromich Albion
One name that not might ring round the transfer mill is that of Claudio Yacob, the unassuming Argentine has settled into life in the Premier League very quickly and has been a catalyst to West Brom's fantastic first season under Steve Clark.
Arriving from Argentina on a free transfer, Yacob has settled into the heart of the Baggies' midfield displaying a level of composure and stability that has allowed others to foray forward in a counter-attacking style.
As Dan Ashworth, West Brom's former sporting and technical director, says in the video, he doesn't weigh in with too many goals, but creates his fair share of opportunities and is a wonderful retainer of the ball. His range of passing would also make him ideally suited to the Arsenal midfield.
Marouane Fellaini, Everton
Marouane Fellaini's merits are obvious and he would complement the Arsenal midfield perfectly. His physique is domineering, which he uses to shackle opponents and going forward, he has a vision and creativity to be very wary of.
EPLIndex.com's great analysis of the 25-year-old Belgian just serves to highlight how impressive he has been this season. Here, they demonstrate just one of his attributes.
Fellaini’s possession wins in midfield are extremely impressive. He’s the eighth-best player in the Premier League this season for frequency of possession winning possession in midfield every 19 minutes and every 13 minutes overall.
Wenger knows he will be one of the more sought after players when the transfer window opens, but he may be worth taking a gamble on. Everton are a club low on cash and may see the benefit in cashing in one of their prize assets.
Particularly with the impending departure of David Moyes, the man who brought him to England, Fellaini may look for pastures new, and the lure of European competition could prove vital if Arsenal can secure Champions League football for next season
Christian Benteke, Aston Villa
Christian Benteke's physique and pace has given defenders up and down the country nightmares since his arrival to the Premier League.
His 19 league goals (23 in total) and four assists make him one of the most active strikers this season, and at just 22 years of age, seems a perfect fit for the Arsenal way of playing. He has also scored the highest percentage of goals for any team in the league this season, so he knows how to lead the line, and the pressure of being a goalscorer doesn't seem to phase him.
His current side are proponents of counter-attacking play so at the Emirates he would fit the mold. The only issue for Wenger is that Villa paid £7 million for the big Belgian so it would take a big money offer to take him away from the Midlands, especially should they stay up this season.
Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers
One thing most Arsenal fans will be looking for from any potential signings is an out and out goalscorer.
Wenger hasn't managed to fully replace Robin van Persie. The combination of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud has served reasonably well, but Loic Remy would slot in very nicely.
He won't fancy plying his trade in the Championship next season and with six goals in only 12 starts you would think he could make that ratio better with the kind of supply he would get from Arsenal's creative channels.
More to the point, he represents good value. QPR signed him for £8 million, and with them now relegated he might not be sold on for much more than they paid for his services.