Arsenal FC: 10 Potential Summer Signings

James WillisAnalyst IFebruary 14, 2011

Arsenal FC: 10 Potential Summer Signings

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    For so long now at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has failed to spend a significant amount of money on new players. Some people call this "careful" while others just call it "tight".

    Regardless of opinion, there is no doubt that Wenger will need to spend some cash this summer if he expects the club to keep up with teams that have the spending power of Chelsea and Manchester City.

    While they remain above both teams in the Premier League this season, if they do not spend money this summer they may find themselves slipping down the table.

    Here are a list of 10 potential transfer targets Wenger will be looking at for the summer.

Eden Hazard

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    The Belgian danger man has been rumoured to be connected with Arsenal so much recently that it's hard to see the transfer not going through at some point this summer.

    Once dubbed as the "next Messi", Hazard has shown bags of talent and ability at Anderlecht and has clearly caught Arsene Wenger's eye.

    It is thought that he would be such an in-demand player this summer, that Wenger is determined to wrap up the signing before the window opens just to avoid a bidding war with other clubs.

    Hazard already has quite a bit of experience for Lille and would no doubt jump at the chance to move to a club as prestigious as Arsenal.

Etienne Capoue

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    The young Frenchman can play in both central defence and holding midfield, which would make him a very useful signing for the Gunners.

    With glimpses of Claude Makelele about him, the youngster is tipped for big things and could achieve exactly that with Arsenal.

    He has attracted interest from a number of European sides, however, and if the club want to sign him, then they will face a battle from other teams.

Gary Cahill

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    Gary Cahill has very much jumped into the limelight in recent seasons after a string of impressive performances for Bolton Wanderers. The 25-year-old has also managed to attract the attention of Arsenal scouts.

    Although Arsenal have able defenders, there can be no denying that the center back position at the club needs to be strengthened and Cahill could be the very man to do this.

    Having broken into the England international set-up over the last few months, Cahill may also begin to get even more experience internationally, which could prove invaluable to Arsenal.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

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    The Southampton youngster is seen as one of the future stars of English football, attracting attention from Manchester United and Arsenal amongst other Premier League clubs.

    Arsenal fans will no doubt be excited at the potential of bringing on this winger from a club that seems to have a good youth system for producing wide players.

    With Gareth Bale and Theo Walcott both coming out of Southampton, Arsenal will be interested to see if this latest midfield prodigy can match the heights that are expected of him in his future.

    The club will have to bid high if they want to bring the youngster on board, though, as a number of other clubs are also likely to make offers this summer.

Yann M'Vila

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    The Idris Elba look-a-like has already managed to establish himself as an important player of the future in the France squad recently been revived by Laurent Blanc.

    The defensive midfielder has drawn similarities to Patrick Vieira, making Arsenal fans excited at the potential of bringing him into the club.

    M'Vila made his international debut on August 11th of last year and has not looked back since, becoming one of the most impressive players in France.

    Rennes would want a good amount of money from a club like Arsenal to sell their key player.

Romelu Lukaku

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    Romelu Lukaku has attracted attention from all the major English clubs as well as a number of other clubs around Europe.

    Another young Belgian star, Lukaku has been on top form for Anderlecht recently and is already a full international for his nation at just 17 years old.

    Despite much attention, Lukaku looks like he may remain at his current club to ensure first team football for a short while longer before moving on to a bigger club.

    Arsenal would no doubt welcome another striker with the talent of Lukaku, but that is if they could get him over all of the other interested clubs.

Jan Vertonghen

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    The Ajax center back would be another option for Arsenal if they plan to strengthen their thin defensive line this summer.

    Highly recommended by former Ajax defender and current Arsenal player, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen could form a solid partnership with his former teammate.

    The 23-year-old is highly rated due to his leadership and passing abilities, as well as having earned much experience for Ajax in the Champions League.

Maarten Stekelenburg

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    Continuing the trend with Ajax, Arsenal may also turn to the club to solve their goalkeeping problems. Having suffered in the past from mistakes from Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski, the club will need to sign a solid goalkeeper if they want to compete at the highest level.

    Despite a good run of form from youngster Wojciech Szczęsny, Arsenal need an experienced and solid goalkeeper between the sticks.

    With Stekelenburg having already gone to a World Cup final with Holland and earning bags of Champions League experience with Ajax, he may be the answer to Arsenal's goalkeeping worries.

    Manchester United are also thought to be interested in the Netherlands goalkeeper, so Arsenal will face a tough battle to sign him if they are interested in the player.

Luc Castaignos

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    Currently plying his trade alongside Arsenal loanee Ryo Miyaichi at Feyenoord, Luc Castaignos has, like many other players on this list, attracted attention from across Europe.

    The Dutch striker has played internationally for Holland Under-17's and Under-19's, and it is thought that he might not be too far away from called into the full international squad.

    The potential target has already been compared to a past Arsenal legend in Thierry Henry. While he may struggle to achieve the level of success that Henry had, there can be no doubt about his ability and potential.

    With rivals Tottenham also thought to be interested, Arsenal will face a fight to get him this summer.

Simon Kjaer

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    The much talked about Danish defender would be another great solution to Arsene Wenger's current defensive issues.

    The Dane, 21, has been an Arsenal target for some time, and the move could finally come into fruition this summer.

    If Wenger does need to solidify his back four, he'll also be looking to do it with a player who is young but already has experience and talent. Kjaer fits that category perfectly and could be exactly what Wenger is after.