It looks like Arsenal is going to witness the arrival of some fresh faces to shake things up a bit in Emirates Stadium this summer. With news doing the rounds in the world media that Arsenal may have secured the services of Bordeaux striker Marouane Chamakh, the atmosphere at Emirates Stadium must be a happy one.
There are reports that Arsenal has started preliminary negotiations with Martin Caceres in order to sign him in the summer. The 22-year-old Barcelona player currently on loan to Juventus has been impressive this season, although an injury at the start of the year has seen him sidelined from action.
The Uruguayan central defender had a forgettable season at Barcelona after his move from Recreativo in the summer of 2008. He was sidelined for the majority of the season due to injury.
He made an impressive start on his loan deal to Juventus, scoring a goal in his debut against Lazio. His impressive performance for the Old Lady has made him a fan favorite at Juventus, but an injury sustained during January had him sidelined for a few months.
It remains to be seen whether or not Wenger offers a new contract to the injured William Gallas. It was reported that Gallas would look for other lucrative offers if he was not assured a long-term future in Arsenal. With Wenger not ready to offer more than a year's extension, Gallas' future remains uncertain.
Standing at nearly 6'0", the youngster has the physical strength to survive in the Premier League. With Wenger ruing the injuries to his first choice players all season, a physically strong and tall defender like Caceres can do him a world of good.
He would be a very good replacement for Gallas given his impressive defensive displays for Juventus. The 22-year-old Uruguayan professional's attacking capabilities will provide Arsenal with further attacking options. He can also be useful during corners due to his height.
With Wenger sticking to his policy of only signing "talented, skilled young" players, Caceres can be a good bargain for him at around £10 million. Combined with his good defensive reflexes and aggressiveness, he can develop into a future defensive stalwart for Arsenal.
But Caceres seems unnecessarily aggressive at times, causing him to often be caught out of position. He needs to bring his aggression down a bit because it can only lead to penalties and needless bookings.
Fortunately, the youngster has age on his side, and with more experience and proper nurturing he can develop into another Song or Sagna for Wenger.
Caceres can also fit well into Arsenal's pacy style of play. He was very impressive in his attacking displays during his days with Recreativo Huelva. Although with Juventus his attacking responsibilities are considerably less, he has provided good support to the midfield and attack when required.
Although there are no confirmed reports as of yet, if the move develops, it will be beneficial for Arsenal. Caceres has also expressed his desire to play for the Gunners, which may make the summer move all the more easy for Wenger.
Will Gallas leave Arsenal? Will Wenger sign the talented young Caceres? Can Caceres successfully replace Gallas?
All the answers will have to wait until the summer window opens and a new season starts.