Arsenal: Summer transfer window must buys
A shortlist of players Arsene Wenger should look to sign this summer
With the summer transfer market around the corner, Arsene Wenger will be analysing potential targets to bring to the Emirates Stadium.
It is suspected Wenger will be given a substantial war-chest in order to strengthen his Arsenal squad this summer to compete for trophies next season.
Who exactly are Wenger's top targets? And who else should he consider when he dips into the transfer market this summer?
Stevan Jovetic | Fiorentina
Stevan Jovetic has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a couple of months now, having been held in high regard by the scouting team at the Emirates. The £26m price tag, however, may prove a stumbling block for the ever shrewd Wenger, who may not be willing to risk upsetting the Arsenal faithful with a flop.
Despite the moderate success and potential Olivier Giroud has shown this season, Wenger is adamant to add a different type of player to spearhead his front line and Jovetic - who has scored 12 goals for Serie A side Fiorentina - is said to be the top target this summer.
Cesc Fabregas | Barcelona
Cesc Fabregas is the boy-wonder of Arsenal and is held in high regard by management and fans alike. His move to Liga BBVA leaders Barcelona two years ago broke the hearts of the Arsenal faithful - and now he could be set to mend them.
Fabregas has been linked with a move to Arsenal since he has struggled to maintain his best form under boss Tito Vilanova.
Should it hold true that Fabregas is indeed considering a move back to Arsenal, the question many will be asking is: where will he play?
Best deployed in the central attacking midfield role, where he is not only able to provide a plethora of assists but score as well, players such as Santi Cazorla may feel their position could be undermined by the arrival of the former Arsenal captain.
That being said, however, the arrival of their former star man can only provide a huge boost for the team and a dramatic increase in their confidence.
Ashley Williams | Swansea City
Ashley Williams may not make headlines, nor will he have Arsenal fans losing sleep at night in thought of having him in the team - but he is exactly what the Gunners need in a defender: a dominant force in the air, a brute of a tackler and as captain of Michael Laudrup's Swansea City - a leader.
Something that Arsenal have lacked in recent years, a player who can lead for the back, position his players and lift their heads when it's a bad day at the office.
Not only that but he wouldn't exactly command a larger fee to compensate Swansea, unlike Jovetic or Fabregas, who will easily require a £20m plus package to lure away from their respective clubs. If Wenger is shrewd, he could easily land Ashely Williams for a tidy £8m.
Victor Wanyama | Celtic
Victor Wanyama has garnered strong attention for his strong performances in Europe this season. The Celtic midfield scrapper has come up against players such as Xavi and Andres Iniesta and managed to keep them at bay for a full 90 minutes.
Wanyama would be perfect for Arsene Wenger's squad, easily replacing the defensive midfield role left by Alex Song and adding his stinging long shot ability into the mix.
Take into account that Wanyama is only 21-years-old and would be the perfect candidate to boss the Arsenal midfield for years to come. The only problem that arises here is that Wanyama has committed at least another season to Celtic and comes with a price tag between £15-20m.
Sven Ulreich | Stuttgart
Sven Ulreich has been kept under the watchful eye of the Arsenal scouting team, after his performances for Stuttgart in the Europa League and in the Bundesliga.
While considered as a surprise target, Arsene Wenger has been seeking to challenge Polish No.1 Wojciech Szczesny, who has had ups and downs in his form over the past two seasons.
The problem Wenger will face here will be Stuttgart's reluctance to sell, as they have no back up to Ulreich, whose contract also runs until 2017.
This could dramatically flux his price up to at least £10m, money that Wenger is unlikely to part with on a back-up goalkeeper.
Loic Remy | QPR
Loic Remy has been touted as very likely to make the move to the Emirates this summer after QPR's relegation into the power Championship. Add to that, the Daily Mirror reported that Remy wants a move to Arsenal.
With a relegation clause of a £6m release, Remy is an absolute steal.
Arsenal need depth upfront and Remy is offering himself as a candidate, need any more be said? This may only upset players such as Theo Walcott, who is not only the same mould of player, but have been trying to tempt Wenger into playing him upfront.
Whether Wenger has faith in the attacking options he has at his disposal is another matter.
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