Arsenal Transfer News: Top Players Left on Gunners Radar

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 17, 2012

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  13:  Arsene Wenger, manager of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on May 13, 2012 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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With Robin van Persie just having left the Emirates Stadium, it’s no secret that Alex Song is also being linked with a move to Barcelona (via BBC Sport).

Despite the news of departures, Gunners fans can also be pleased that their side are being linked with some incoming faces to balance out their squad ahead of tomorrow’s season start.

Arsene Wenger has already conducted some shrewd business the summer by signing Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and, most recently, Santi Cazorla.

The list seems unlikely to stop there, and there are some names that may brighten up the north Londoners’ hopes which, right now, may be slightly depressed.

Nuri Sahin

A gem that was being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium last summer could finally complete a move to the club, albeit more than a tad late, according to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail.

The youngster built up a solid reputation during his time at Borussia Dortmund as one of Europe’s most promising prospects.

However, Sahin opted for a move to Real Madrid and has since found himself slightly inundated among the mass of star quality at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Not to offend any Arsenal alumni, but the Turkish international would certainly have a better chance of first-team football at the Emirates, and Wenger seems adamant to give it to him.

If Song were indeed to complete a move away from the club, Sahin would seem the most likely attempt at a “like-for-like replacement,” regardless of his more attacking tendencies.

Klaas Jan-Huntelaar

Just about as close as you can get to a carbon copy of Robin van Persie, Klaas Jan-Huntelaar’s recent career is uncannily alike his international compatriots.

Like RVP did before yesterday’s move to Old Trafford, Huntelaar has less than a year left on his current contract.

The Schalke attacker also developed, most importantly for the Gunners, an incredibly prolific scoring rate in the 2011-12 season.

In 48 appearances for Die Knappen last campaign, Huntelaar netted an insane tally of 48 goals across all competitions.

What’s more, the 29-year-old is reported to have a €17m buyout clause in his contract (via The Independent), so even if Schalke don’t wish to cash in, Arsenal can always invoke a compulsory stipulation to buy the player.

Javier Hernandez

With RVP now at the club, Manchester United have a bevvy of striking options amongst their ranks.

Perhaps even an unnecessary bevvy.

With Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Dimitar Berbatov at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have plenty of attacking options, and lest he take a move away, Hernandez may find first-team football hard to come by.

Therefore, speculation (via The Mirror) linking the Mexican with a move to the English capital wouldn’t appear completely unfounded and, if anything, quite possible.

When given his chance, Hernandez has shown the potential for great attacking flair and could be the explosion of energy that Arsenal need.


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