Arsenal FC: 6 Players I Definitely Want to See at Arsenal Next Season

Ishan ChowdhuryCorrespondent IJune 19, 2011

Arsenal FC: 6 Players I Definitely Want to See at Arsenal Next Season

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Arsene Wenger of Arsenal looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Arsenal at Craven Cottage on May 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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    Following my previous article titled, 'Arsenal FC: 6 players the Team Should Definitely NOT Sign!', I would like to present to you six players I would like to see at Arsenal.

    All of them play at the same position as the ones I previously dismissed.

    The format will be the same: one goalkeeper, two defenders (CB and LB), two midfielders and one striker.

    I made my selections on the basis of a budget, so obviously I will be unable to place players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Goalkeeper: Shay Given

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    TURIN, ITALY - DECEMBER 16:  Shay Given of Manchester City salutes the crowd at the end of the UEFA Europa League group A match between Juventus FC and Manchester City at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on December 16, 2010 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Valerio P
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    Shay Given

    Fee: £3 million

    While Wojciech Szczesny is a great emerging keeper, he is not mature enough at this stage of his career. He would do well as a back-up keeper though, as Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia are far too error-prone.

    I would like to see Shay Given at Arsenal because he is an outstanding keeper who is very unlucky not to be first choice at Manchester City. He has superb reflexes, tons of experience and has the ability to marshal his troops to great effect. He would also be a great presence in the dressing room and would breed into the team the fighting spirit that we have been craving for so long!

    He would be available at a very reasonable price as well, with Man City looking to get rid of some of its apparent "deadwood" during this season.

Defender: Christopher Samba

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    BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - MAY 14:  Chris Samba of Blackburn clears the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Manchester United at Ewood park on May 14, 2011 in Blackburn, England.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images
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    Christopher Samba

    Fee: £12 million

    The Blackburn skipper could be a great addition to the Arsenal team. He will again bring the needed fighting spirit to succeed in the league and would be a great prospect while defending against set pieces as well as attacking on set pieces, as he is strong, tall and very dominating in the air.

    He would provide a perfect foil for Thomas Vermaelen and help solidify a leaky defense. He would play the role the Johan Djourou played for us last season, and I reckon he would do it much more effectively.

    Arsenal are apparently very interested in securing his signature, and at £12 million he would be a great asset to the team.

Defender: Jose Enrique

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    NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Newcastle player Jose Enrique in action during the Barclays Premier League game between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on May 22, 2011 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu For
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    Jose Enrique

    Fee: £7 million

    The Newcastle player has been in the middle of a lot of transfer talk. Arsenal are rumoured to be interested in his situation and he would fit the bill perfectly, as he adds defensive solidity rather than attacking potency.

    He will also be reasonably priced as his contract is running out and he seems desperate to move to a bigger club. I would definitely love to see this transfer go through, and if in particular games we do need an attack-minded defender, Kieran Gibbs can fit in.

Midfielder: Patrick Vieira

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    MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  Neil Bishop of Notts County is challenged by Patrick Vieira of Manchester City during the FA Cup sponsored by E.On 4th Round replay match between Manchester City and Notts County at City of Manchester Stadium on Februar
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    Patrick Vieira

    Fee: Free Agent

    As speculated by the media, Patrick Vieira could be a great signing for the Gunners as he would be able to motivate the younger players at the club. He could tell them about the experiences that he had as a player and the players could really benefit from having one of the true legends that Arsenal has produced.

    He could possibly demand a higher salary than manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to give, but a one-year contract could be a great piece of business, considering he is getting the player for free.

    The team needs influential players, and I Vieria is second-to-none when it comes to motivation on and off the field.

Midfielder (winger): Gervinho

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    PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 15: Gervinho of Ivory Coast lines up for the national anthems prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group G match between Ivory Coast and Portugal at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 15, 2010 in Port Elizabeth
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    Fee: £11 million

    This transfer is set to go through any day now, and Gervinho awould be a great signing. He's quick, tricky and reasonably strong as well. He would bring great competition to the likes of Samir Nasri and Theo Walcott as he can play on either wing. He is also adept as a second striker in case Wenger chooses to alter his formation.

    Although I don't see him winning games for Arsenal single-handedly, he could enable us to add another dimension to our game, and Walcott will no longer be the only major impact player in the team.

    At £11 million, he would be a spectacular signing.

Striker: Jermain Defoe

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 23:  Jermain Defoe of Spurs runs with the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on April 23, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
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    Jermaine Defoe

    Fee: £15 million

    Although I don't think there is much to the rumours linking Arsenal with Jermain Defoe, I do regard the player very highly. He would be the perfect partner for Robin van Persie, who could be employed in the role of the second striker. 

    Defoe is a player who could really enhance the team with his ability to find the net, speed and strength.

    Though he won't provide much in the air, the team might not need it since there are plenty of gifted play-makers already present at the club, like Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Andrey Arshavin.

Free-Role: Ishan Chowdhury

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    Ishan Chowdhury

    Fee: Free Agent

    A versatile player who would be ready to play in absolutely any position for the team, I believe that I could slot into any position.

    My effectiveness in the positions could be very questionable though.

    *Just trying to live a dream!* 

Sum It Up

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Arsene Wenger manager of Arsenal looks skywards during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium on May 15, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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    To sum it up, I believe all of these transfers are very much possible in terms of price as well as the wage they might demand. 

    Not all of them would automatically get into the First XI, but they could act as good cover for the first-team regulars.

    My team for next season:






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