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Take a deep breath, folks—you are about to get bombarded with rumours. Arsenal are certainly trying to make it look as though they are busy on the market after Saturday's debacle, with the club being linked to a total of five players outside of Cabaye.
We start with Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports, who links Arsenal to Paul Pogba of Juventus and Geoffrey Kondogbia of Sevilla:
Meanwhile, Wayne Veysey of Goal.com also reports on Arsenal's interest in Kondogbia and adds Schalke right-back Atsuto Uchida to the list:
And Gerrard Brand of The Independent is reporting that the Gunners are making entreaties for both Swansea City forward Michu and Manchester City defender Micah Richards, though Michu will likely cost an extremely steep £25 million.
Okay, let's break all of this down.
First, the odds of Juventus selling a young star like Pogba are slim to none, so Gooners can probably ignore that one.
Kondogbia is still young and somewhat raw, but like Luiz Gustavo he would add both a physical presence to the midfield and could probably play centre-back in a pinch. He would definitely address Arsenal's need for a defensive midfielder, though it seems pretty obvious he's the back-up plan after Gustavo joined Wolfsburg.
His release clause seems a bit stiff, though he is just 20 and has oodles of potential.
As for Uchida, his addition would allow Bacary Sagna to shift to central defense in the short term (if needed) and would provide Arsene Wenger with another right-back for the future.
Obviously, outside of Pogba, none of these moves would be the sort of elite additions Gooners have been desiring. Nonetheless, a player like Kondogbia would make a ton of sense for Arsenal.
Michu would be a nice get, as he could either play as the lone striker or behind Olivier Giroud as a No. 10. Still, for that cost he probably wouldn't represent the level of upgrade at the position Arsenal would be paying for.
And Richards would be a fine addition, as he could play both right-back and centre-back and solidify the defense. Still, City may be reluctant to sell to Arsenal, especially if Richards figures prominently in their plans for this season.