Arsenal Transfer Prospects: Six Players Destined To Join Arsenal Before 2012
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has the tendency to be somewhat tentative with his funds when it comes to the transfer window. Albeit, the Frenchman who boasts a Masters Degree in Economics has ensured the North London giant have remained financially stable as well as maintaining dominance in England and Europe. Unlike Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, who in recent years have spent extravagant funds on some of the world’s best players ensuring a financial cloud, has become evident.
However in recent seasons, fans and critics alike have voiced their frustration of Wenger’s refusal to secure big name signings. Arsenals are currently enduring a five-season trophy drought that many link with Wenger’s poor transfer option, particularly in the goalkeeping ranks.
The French tactician prefers to nurture his own, home ground talent, finding unknown teenagers for small prices and turning them into world class superstars. The 60-year-old is also a perfectionist at finding middle aged footballers who few have heard of and signing them for small sums.
Fortunately this season, Wenger’s patience and efforts are looking to finally enter fruition with the Gunners sitting second on the Premier League table and boasting immense depth throughout the team.
So this slideshow is dedicated to six players who are destined to join Arsenal before 2012.
1. James McCarthy-Wigan Athletic
The 20-year-old has been the heart and soul of the Wigan midfield since joining the Latics from Scottish outfit Hamilton Academical at the start of last season. McCarthy was superb during a three-season stint in the SPL and has continued to enforce his youthful presence in the Premier League.
McCarthy is blessed with great speed and playmaking skills. Furthermore, the Irishman is capable of fulfilling any role in the midfield alongside the wing and second striker roles.
The republic of Ireland international has expressed a desire to one day grace pitches in Arsenal colours, and it is highly likely Wenger will look to entice the Wigan starlet to the Emirates should Roberto Martinez’s men continue to falter in the Premier League.
The young gun looms as the perfect replacement for the ageing Tomas Rosicky. Furthermore, the perks of playing Champions League football alongside a genuine title threat is sure to ensure there is little hesitation for McCarthy to depart to London.
2. Jan Vertonghen-Ajax
The Ajax defender has been a consistent performer in the Dutch Eredivisie for a number of seasons now, attracting heavy attention from a number of clubs in Spain and England, Arsenal among them.
The 23-year-old is a strong, imposing defender with great height and a solid tackles. Capable of playing throughout the backline as well as a defensive and central midfielder, the Belgium international is destined for Arsenal thanks to his playmaking abilities and no nonsense defending.
Furthermore Vertonghen shares a strong relationship with defensive leader Thomas Vermaelen, due to their time at Ajax and Belgium. The pair formed a rock solid partnership at Ajax and have maintained their dominance with the Devils.
Arsenal defence is currently in need of an extra presence and with Sebastien Squillaci already at 30 and Johan Djourou's fitness and form under suspicion, Vertonghen is set for Arsenal debut in the coming future.
3. Lacina Traore-CFR Cluj
The Ivorian is an outstanding young talent who possesses one of the most imposing figures in World Football at 6'8" (203cm). The 20-year-old has been an impressive performer in Romania with CFR Cluj prompting the attention of several big name clubs.
Touted as the next Emmanuel Adebayor, the former Arsenal striker, Traore has a glistening future and could potentially be destined as back up for the injury prone Nicklas Bendnter and Robin van Persie at Arsenal.
3. Loic Remy-Olympique Marseille
Young, elegant, skillful and French. Loic Remy fits all the boxes for a typical Arsene Wenger signing. The Frenchman is a quick, powerful striker with a ferocious shot, who has become impressively prolific in the French Ligue.
Remy was heavily linked to the Emirates during the recent Summer, but the move failed to materialize. With the likes of Andrei Arshavin and Carlos Vela unlikely to remain in North London for much longer, a move is highly likely.
5. Moussa Sissoko-Toulouse
The Frenchman is an elegant, intelligent, strong defender similar to former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira and has already shown in the French Ligue that he would be an ideal Arsenal signing. The 21-year-old is blessed with incisive passing, great strength and power alongside an impressive array of skills.
Sissoko has been a consistent presence for French outfit Toulouse for a number of seasons now, and many predict the young starlet will not remain in France for much longer. Wenger is rumored to have shown great interest in Sissoko and should make a bid in the coming seasons.
6. Rafael Van Der Vaart-Tottenham
Despite the Dutch maestro playing for Arsenal's arch rivals Tottenham, it is no secret the 27-year-old desires and admires the Arsenal style of play. Van Der Vaart is a terrific playmaker with a fantastic array of passing and a superb eye for goal.
The Dutchman could easily become frustrated should Tottenham fail to maintain their threat to Europe and the Big Three in the Premier League. Although the move seems highly unlikely, one should not rule it out.