Arsenal Transfers: 5 Rumored Summer Targets to Lift the Mood

Charlie Melman@@charliemelmanCorrespondent IIMarch 5, 2013

Arsenal Transfers: 5 Rumored Summer Targets to Lift the Mood

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    Arsenal are at the lowest point of a season that has included crushing defeats to inferior sides and brutal reality checks against superior ones.

    After their 2-1 capitulation in the North London Derby on Saturday against Spurs, fans are finding little to be cheery about.

    Yet, among all the doom, gloom, hopelessness and cries for Arsene Wenger's head, there is still one meager, flickering light at the end of Arsenal's tunnel of despair: the summer transfer window.

    To keep spirits up just a little bit, let's gather round and pray that there is some credence to these five early transfer rumors.

Etienne Capoue

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    One of the most promising talents in Ligue 1, Etienne Capoue is, at 24 years old, beginning to enter into the prime years of his career.

    So now could be the perfect time for Arsenal to buy him, especially with their need for another presence at the back of midfield.

    The Gunners do not have a true defensive midfielder. Mikel Arteta is a metronomic distributor, Aaron Ramsey forces himself to play the same role and Abou Diaby is more of an attacking midfielder. Plus, Diaby is extremely fragile and susceptible to injuries.

    The Telegraph reported on this rumor about three weeks ago, and Arsenal's need for a defensive midfielder is just as great. It certainly would have helped shore up the defense against Tottenham.

Fernando Amorebieta

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    The Athletic Bilbao man with the lovely name has seen himself linked with Arsenal principally due to the value he presents—and everyone knows how much Arsene Wenger loves to nick a player on the cheap.

    Fernando Amorebieta's transfer fee would come out to a grand total of £0.00 because he is out of contract in the summer, but his financial attractiveness has drawn interest from a host of Premier League clubs.

    With a criminal paucity of defenders at the club (Arsenal currently have only three senior center-backs on their payroll after Johan Djourou was loaned to Hannover 96), Amorebieta would provide excellent cover, or a challenge, to the rotating first-choice trio of Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

    If he is willing to start out at the bottom of the pecking order, that is.

Yohan Cabaye

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    Cabaye has arguably been the best of Newcastle's gaggle of French imports this season, beautifully orchestrating midfield when not sidelined with injury.

    Accordingly, he has been linked with a summer move to the Emirates in a recent article in the Mirror, as part of Arsene Wenger's supposed transfer "B-list."

    Though Arsenal are deeper in midfield than anywhere else, there is always a need for a versatile pacesetter and chance-creator who can influence a game with one pass or free kick.

    Abou Diaby is always suffering from one ailment or another and Tomas Rosicky is getting older—thus, Wenger is constantly reluctant to rotate his midfield.

    A French international who is proven in the Premier League would do much to ameliorate any concerns about depth or quality in the center of the pitch.

Christian Benteke

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    Christian Benteke adores Arsenal, and Arsenal should adore him.

    The powerful striker has put Aston Villa on his back at times this season, scoring more than twice as many goals as anyone else on the team and providing more assists than any of his teammates.

    A strike from the penalty spot helped lift the struggling Villains over West Ham last weekend, and a brace a week earlier secured a draw with Everton.

    Olivier Giroud is the only true striker that Arsenal have, and he is certainly the only physical option for the Gunners up front.

    Benteke would have been a massive asset to Arsenal against Tottenham if Wenger had had the option of using him late in the game. At the very least, he would have been a heck of a lot better than Per Mertesacker at striker.

    Wenger monitored him last summer and couldn't buy him in January since he had already played for two clubs. Might he make a move for Benteke this time around?

Stevan Jovetic

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    Don't count on this transfer happening if Arsenal finish outside of the top four. Jovetic is the sort of premier player that will certainly not entertain a move to a Europa League club.

    And don't count on the club opening its checkbook during the summer, either. But one can get much more excited about this rumor if speculation grows warmer (Metro) with the weather at the end of the season.

    Jovetic has been one of Fiorentina's best players this season, playing in the hole behind the striker or in an attacking midfield position. In 22 Serie A games, he has 11 goals and four assists, making him La Viola's leading scorer.

    He would not likely do the same with Arsenal; at least not right away. But he would immediately become one of the club's best players and its premier signing.