Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Stevan Jovetic, Kevin Strootman Should Top Wish List

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2013

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 25:  Kevin Strootman of PSV reacts to a missed chance on goal during the Eredivisie match between PSV Eindhoven and Vitesse Arnhem at Philips Stadion on November 25, 2012 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that Arsenal will supposedly have a lot of cash to spend this summer. It's also no secret that, while both fans and the team's players are pleased with finishing top-four and reaching the Champions League, ending the trophy drought is the primary goal for next season. 

As John Cross of the Mirror writes, Arsene Wenger could have up to £70 million to spend this summer and is targeting the following players:

The Frenchman believes three key signings—a goalkeeper, a midfielder and a forward—would blend in easily and turn Arsenal back into title contenders.

The Gunners are eager to show they are not satisfied with finishing fourth, but want to win trophies again.

Strikers Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid) and Stevan Jovetic (Fiorentina) and keepers Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Julio Cesar (Queens Park Rangers) and Rene Adler (Hamburg) are all possibles.

Midfielders Kevin Strootman, of Dutch heavyweights PSV Eindhoven, and Max Gonalons, of Lyon in France, have also been watched.

Of that list, the two that stand out to me are Jovetic and Strootman.

I love Jovetic's game. He's a wonder with the ball on his feet, is able to take on defenders with his dazzling dribbling and has solid pace. He would fit perfectly in Arsenal's open, possession-reliant attack. 

If he led the line, he would give Arsenal a different option from Olivier Giroud. With his piercing runs, clinical finishing in the box and ability to drop deeper and find the play, he would almost give Arsenal a 4-3-3 look with a false nine. 

However, he could also drop behind Giroud as a second striker and give the Gunners a dangerous combo in the attack, with Giroud holding up play and threatening in the air and Jovetic taking on defenders and creating chances for his teammates. 

In that role, it would be interesting to see how Giroud and Jovetic would gel with Theo Walcott driving defenders batty on the right wing and either Santi Cazorla or Lukas Podolski manning the left. 

With 27 goals and eight assists in the past two seasons and at just 23 years of age, Arsenal fans will want to see him increase his production surrounded by more talent. But they'll surely be tantalized by his immense potential.

Then there's Strootman. He's a versatile, athletic engine in the midfield that offers a defensive presence, plays box-to-box and has the passing ability to bomb diagonal passes to teammates or push the play forward with powerful runs. 

Oh, and he's got a pretty nice scoring touch, too. Truthfully, there isn't anything this man can't do, and he would be an absolutely perfect addition for Arsenal. 

Essentially, he would take on the role Mikel Arteta so gamely fulfilled, only with a more physical presence and defensive mentality. Next to the hardworking, defensively conscious Aaron Ramsey, he could play as deep-lying playmaker, linking up play to the attackers.

Next to Jack Wilshere, he could play a more traditional holding role, using his high work rate and solid tackling to win the ball back and maintain possession. And next to Arteta, he would allow the Spaniard to play further up the pitch or the two could rotate the holding responsibility. 

Honestly, it's pretty exciting to think about the versatility he would afford the midfield.

Finally, the Gunners would have a physical presence to replace the role that Alex Song abandoned when he surprisingly moved to Barcelona last summer. 

With those two players aboard, Arsenal—which displayed an impressive level of resiliency this season, especially down the stretch—would be a true title contender.

With Walcott blossoming into one of the league's most dangerous attackers, Cazorla providing a much-needed creative spark and Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker finally becoming an efficient combination at centre-back, things are looking up for the Gunners. 

Adding Jovetic and Strootman would help the team take the next step, one that hopefully will have some silverware accompanying it.


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