After a disastrous first game at the weekend, Arsenal fans have been calling for manager Arsene Wenger to splash the cash in the transfer market to strengthen a clearly lacking squad.
But which players will Wenger look to sign before the September 2 deadline?
Iker Casillas | Real Madrid
A name that many will view as surprising, but when looked at from a wider perspective, a move that would make perfect sense.
World Cup and European Championship winner Iker Casillas has been unsettled for a lengthy period at the Bernabeu since losing his place under Jose Mourinho, and Arsenal are looking for a top-class replacement for Wojciech Szczesny, who has long been deemed to be far too error prone to be regarded as a world-class keeper.
The only potential stumbling block, unsurprisingly for Arsenal fans, is money. The Gunners would be unwilling to pay big money for a player who is 32, but Real Madrid are believed to be holding out for at least £15m for the Spanish captain.
Yohan Cabaye | Newcastle United
Alan Pardew has slammed Arsenal’s timing of their bid for Cabaye, but in fairness to Wenger, he needs to act quickly in reinforcing his midfield.
France international Cabaye has been Newcastle’s standout player over the last two years, and deserves to play for a team in the Champions League.
However, Arsenal face stiff competition for his services from French champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are preparing to bid around £15m for the playmaker.
Should Arsenal be successful in capturing Cabaye, it would be interesting to see how he fits into their system, with Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere being the two mainstay players who occupy both of Cabaye’s preferential positions.
Micah Richards | Manchester City
Micah Richards has long been tipped to become a top defender, but his progress has long been stalled, with injuries and the emergence of Pablo Zabaleta in the Manchester City right-back position both key factors.
Arsenal have been consistently linked with the England international during the summer transfer window, and Richards would view Arsenal as a chance to kick-start his career again.
Arsenal’s defence looked extremely susceptible to the pace of Agbonlahor and Weimann on Saturday’s match against Aston Villa, so Richards’ versatility and natural athleticism would prove to be valuable throughout the season.
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