Arsenal transfer wheels in motion

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Arsenal are likely to be busy in the transfer market this summer after Arsene Wenger conceded his side needs reinforcing in order to ensure next season doesn't become the seventh without silverware.  

The Gunners boss has his sights set on a number of targets and has already sealed his first signing of the transfer window by bringing teenage defender Carl Jenkinson to the Emirates Stadium from Charlton. 

Although perhaps not the marquee acquisition Arsenal fans crave, 19-year-old full back Jenkinson comes to north London with a burgeoning reputation, while he is a previous captain of Finland under 19s.

Wenger has identified the signing of at least one quality central defender as a priority and, after losing out on Phil Jones to Manchester United, the Frenchman will reportedly turn his attentions to Chris Samba and Gary Cahill.

The latter is known to have a fan in Wenger, while is was claimed that the Gunners made a tentative move for the 25-year-old Bolton man in January.

Wenger, however, refused to comment on the speculation when questioned about Cahill. "I think Gary Cahill is a very good player but I cannot tell you more," he said.

"We like to keep our transfer negotiations very secret. It puts more pressure on when you go public so you understand we don't want to speak publicly about that."



Meanwhile, the north Londoners are also said to be on the lookout for a midfield enforcer in the Patrick Vieira mould and, according to reports today, Arsenal are chasing Uzbekistan captain Odil Ahmedov.

The Daily Mail claims Wenger has been impressed by the tough-tackling 23-year-old, while the president of Uzbekistan Football Federation, Mirabor Usmanov, has confirmed a bid has been made by an English club.

He said: "Such a flattering offer from the English club was possible thanks to the successful performance of the Uzbekistan team at the 2011 Asian Cup, where the Uzbek team finished fourth."

Finally, Lille attacker Gervinho has also been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium after an impressive season in France.

The Ivory Coast international scored 15 times from the wing in a triumphant league campaign and says he will end up in the Barclays Premier League in time for next season.

"I have made my mind up. I will soon meet the club and let them know, but they understand my feelings that I want to prove myself in a top league in Europe," the 24-year-old told "My agents are moving things as I want, people know where my future lies, it is in England."

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