Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Superstars Who Would Immediately Improve the Gunners

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIMay 26, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Rumors: 5 Superstars Who Would Immediately Improve the Gunners

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    Arsene Wenger; Arsenal manager.
    Arsene Wenger; Arsenal manager.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

    Arsene Wenger is a tactical magician of a manager. He has Arsenal playing some of the most entertaining and attractive soccer in the English Premier League. Following a few seasons of breakdowns and a trophy drought, the once cautious spender will use the transfer kitty that is given to him to put new faces on his team for next season.

    Arsene is a man who believes heavily in developing players through the Arsenal academy in addition to attaining one or two players in the transfer market. Arsene is willing to spend in the summers transfer market and says he will be active. But he has given Arsenal fans a quick warning, “We can’t buy players for £50 million,” Wenger told French television. “Even if we try to strengthen our team and spend money if needed, that is a fact.”

    Arsenal fans need to know that new players will be coming in, but Arsene is going to be the wise spender he's always been. Some players are rumored to be out of Arsenal, and this may help Arsene’s spending, as their transfer fees could be invested directly into new players. The following are five superstars who would immediately improve the Gunners.

Radamel Falcao

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    DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18:  Radamel Falcao Garcia of FC Portowith the trophy during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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    This talented and multi-faceted Colombian striker currently plays for Porto FC in Portugal. Falcao is currently attracting significant attention, as he is coming off his best season in European football and has helped Porto win a treble.

    Arsene is looking to strengthen the attack. Therefore, pursuing Falcao, who scored 17 goals in 15 games during the Europa League tournament, might just help end Arsenal’s trophy drought.

    The one drawback to making a move for Falcao is his €30million (£26million) price tag. He has a buy-out clause in his contract of this price, and Arsene is not likely to spend big money on just one player.

Stewart Downing

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16:  Stewart Downing of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Aston Villa at the Boleyn Ground on April 16, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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    This English international could help bring together the Arsenal midfield. He is a talented left winger who can send in great service to strikers Robin Van Persie and Marouane Chamakh. Chamakh is talented in the air and but he has not been lived up to Arsenals expecations after his first full season with them. A player like Downing to play in crosses from the left side can help his goal tally because he is prolific in the air.

    Downing also brings leadership to the table for the Gunners. He will fit into the Arsenal dressing room and adapt quickly to the playing style of Arsenal.

    The drawback to Downing is that he seems comfortable at Aston Villa. Still, reports out of the BBC indicate that his current contract talks may be breaking down. If this does occur, Arsenal will be on red alert and ready to place a deal on the table for Downing.

Eden Hazard

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    LA CORUNA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 05:  Eden Hazard of Belgium controls the ball during the Group 5 FIFA2010 World Cup Qualifier match between Spain and Belgium at the Riazor stadium on September 5, 2009 in La Coruna, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    Eden Hazard is a 20 year-old attacking midfielder and winger. He can kick-start the attack and act as a creative force in Arsenal’s offense. He is the perfect player for Arsene Wenger, who has a knack for developing and grooming young talent.

    Hazard is a perfect fit for Arsene Wenger and the ways he runs Arsenal. He currently plays for Lille in Ligue one in France. He made 36 appearances last season for Lille and scored seven goals.

    The one issue with Eden Hazard is that he seems comfortable at Lille and does not yet wish to move. His statements may be genuine, or alternatively, he may be trying to save face with his current club and their supporters. No one will know until an offer is placed on the table that Lille and Eden cannot turn down, with Arsene the perfect manager for the job.

Gary Cahill

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Gary Cahill of Bolton Wanderers in action during the Barclays Premier League match between  Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium on May 22, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    The center back for Bolton and England has been on Arsenal’s radar for a few seasons now. He would fit in with the club and earn trust from Arsene immediately.

    Cahill is great on the ball and can distribute with ease out of the back. The ability to jump start the counter attack or get Arsenal out of pressure situations is pivotal. He also has great field awareness and sets himself into great angles to shut down attackers.

    However, he has a large price tag for a center back, thought to be in the range of £15 million. Arsene is not likely to want to pay this much, but Cahill may push for Bolton to take a bid from the Gunners because he is such a perfect fit.

Karim Benzema

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    MADRID, SPAIN - MAY 10:  Karim Benzema of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his side third goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Getafe at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on May 10, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Image
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    Real Madrid target man Karim Benzema would be a surprise move for Arsenal, but not necessarily an unrealistic one. Benzema has shown flashes of brilliance with Real Madrid, but over time has struggled to find consistency and fully settle in with the club.

    Arsene Wenger could provide Benzema with an out from his current situation. He is so young and talented he needs to be playing everyday. With his killer instinct and outstanding shot, he would be an instant success at Arsenal, and give the Gunners the bite that they need to step up to the next level and earn a trophy. At age 23, he is a player that, if the two become the formidable pairing that they should, could enjoy success for many years.

    The down side—his price tag—is something that Arsene Wenger should overlook. If he truly wants Benzema as reports indicate, then he should try hard to land the striker.