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Arsenal Transfer News: Top La Liga Stars Rumoured to be Targeted by Gunners

Germany's Sami Khedira heads the ball against France's Antoine Griezmann during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Danny CollinsFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2014

Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis has confirmed that the Gunners' summer transfer activity is far from over amidst speculation linking Antoine Griezmann and Sami Khedira with the North London outfit.

Charles Reynolds of The Independent reported Gazidis as saying: "We’ve pulled off a good one with Alexis Sanchez, but there’s more work to be done.

"I’m not going to talk about it until it’s done. I’ve got to get back, we’ve got more work to do."

Gazidis' comments come in the wake of the Gunners' signing of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona for £35 million. In what is a signal of intent from Arsene Wenger, the signing of one of the stars of the World Cup can turn his side into title challengers. 

That intent could well be supplemented by the signing of Germany star Sami Khedira. Wenger is reportedly keen on bringing Khedira to the Emirates, as per Express.

Khedira has been in scintillating form for Germany in Brazil, but the midfielder only has one year left on his contract at Real Madrid. His acquisition would herald the continuance of Wenger's reliance on German talent. Where in the 1990s he formed his side on the back of French players, Wenger now calls on Mesut Ozil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker.

Khedira's high-octane play would bring even greater energy to an effervescent Arsenal midfield. Stan Collymore is certainly enthusiastic about the possibility of Khedira joining Arsenal, as he tweeted:

The Gunners are also heavily linked with Antoine Griezmann, the Real Sociedad and France winger who netted 16 league goals last term in La Liga. The 23-year-old's stock rose even further in Brazil, as he enjoyed an excellent World Cup in which France progressed to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Germany.

Raquel Velez Garcia of the International Business Times reports that Real Sociedad are desperate to keep their star man, and with two years left on his contract, the club will demand his buy-out clause of £23.9 million if he is to leave. 

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Arsenal will face stiff opposition if they are to make the move a reality, as tweeted by DeadlineDayLive:

Griezmann would undoubtedly bring pace and directness to Arsenal's attack, but they are common attributes at the Emirates. With Theo Walcott to return from injury, in addition to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey, Wenger has a raft of pacey young attackers at his disposal. 

More integral to Arsenal's prospects next season is the establishment of a squad that can juggle the demands of Champions League and Premier League football. And with Thomas Vermaelen appearing set to leave, as reported by The Independent's Ian Herbert, his replacement will prove just as key as any attacking acquisition.  

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