Arsenal Transfer Deadline Targets: Per Mertesacker & 6 Players on Wenger's List

Thomas AtzenhofferCorrespondent IIAugust 30, 2011

Arsenal Transfer Deadline Targets: Per Mertesacker & 6 Players on Wenger's List

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    After a horrid Sunday afternoon at Old Trafford, Arsene Wenger looks to finally show true signs of life in the transfer market.

    He has brought in £60 million to stock his transfer kitty with the sales of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and Samir Nasri to Manchester City.

    However, until this weekend's 8-2 humbling defeat to rivals Manchester United, he has looked content not to spend.

    It is now down to the fact that his team is just not good enough and he cannot simply rely on his youthful talent. He needs proven players with veteran leadership to ensure he has a fighting chance of turning out the same result as in 2006-07.

    That was the last season Arsenal sat on only one point after three games and the Gunners still finished fourth. But this season looks to have already proven it will be a tougher battle for fourth than ever as Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United are all at the top of the table and ready for a fight to the finish.

    Here are seven players he is considering.

Mikel Arteta

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    Everton's Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta has proven been in fine form this season, as he is leading the Blues in scoring at the moment.

    Arsene Wenger could look to him as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas who comes with a more affordable price tag, as the Frenchman has to find a way to get the best values for his £60 million in transfer funds.

    The most recent news could see Nicklas Bendtner going the opposite way as the Toffees are as desperate to add to their attack.

Per Mertesacker

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    German International Per Mertesacker looks to be Wenger's latest snare as he is set to complete a medical for his £8.2 million move to the Gunners in the next few hours.

Gary Cahill

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    The Telegraph has reported that Bolton have rejected another Arsenal bid for England defender Gary Cahill.

    He is on international duty with the England national team at the moment and looks to be remaining at the Reebok for now as the deal for Per Mertesacker will probably end the Cahill speculation.

Yossi Benayoun

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    The former Liverpool playmaker and current Chelsea out-of-favor midfielder is believed to be in talks with Arsenal for a possible move across London.

    Since joining Chelsea, the Israeli has had a poor run of luck and a switch could be a good move for all included.

Florent Malouda

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    Florent Malouda is another Chelsea player on the Gunners' wish list.

    Currently there is a believed inquiry for a proposed £8 million offer to take the surplus winger to the Emirates.

    At 31 years old, he is looking to be past the age of players that Andre Villas-Boas wants to have at the core of his squad.

Scott Parker

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    The West Ham veteran could be a great signing for his value, and the Gunners need a veteran presence in the midfield for Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Alex Song to learn from.

    He is currently a target of several London clubs, with both Chelsea and Tottenham believed to be interested as well.

Wesley Sneijder

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    Many people dismissed this rumor of Wesley Sneijder being a possible target for Arsenal as a farce when it first cropped up last week, but it appears Wenger did have a go of it.

    However, he has been rejected as the Dutch playmaker looks set to remain at Inter Milan, at least for now.