Potential incomings at Arsenal this summer

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Mainly depending on how Man City do at home against Southampton in the last game of the season, the top four should finish as it currently is. Arsenal and Manchester United moving into third and fourth respectively, Man City securing second after surrendering the title to Chelsea.

The question hanging over Wenger's head now is whether the Gunners can win the title before he eventually bows out. It is possible he will step down should Arsenal win the FA Cup later this month, but Wenger should be at Arsenal for one more season at least.

Firstly we take a look at who needs offloading and the dead meat in the Arsenal squad.

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Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, Ryo Miyaichi, Mikel Arteta (despite being current club captain) and Mathieu Flamini all look as though their Arsenal careers are not only but absolutely dead. Wenger would follow Flamini down a dark alley in Westminster but he can surely see Flamini is far past it, especially if Wenger is looking at a new defensive midfielder.

Podolski could return for a third spell at Cologne who have secured Bundesliga status. Joel Campbell seems like he could be used in a swap deal somewhere along the way or could be loaned out, again. Miyaichi will either leave permanently after struggling at FC Twente and falling to their reserve team.

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Mikel Arteta is the one who might be given one more chance, however struggling for fitness and chances when fit, Arteta could be used to free up space and wage space. He could possibly return to former club Everton.

Yaya Sanogo and Abou Diaby could also be let go. However it seems Diaby will offered a 'pay as you play' deal and Sanogo should be leaving on loan, possibly to a Championship club. Other players like Krystian Bielik, Gedion Zelalem, Serge Gnabry and Isaac Hayden should be leaving on loan also. I'd personally sell Debuchy but I doubt Wenger will.


Now who could Wenger go for as there are players available in every position in which Wenger could improve the squad. However, it's quite clear that Wenger won't be going for any central midfielders unless they are defensive minded. It's also unlikely Wenger will sign any full backs with Carl Jenkinson set to return and the form of Nacho Monreal. As long as Mertesacker is still at Arsenal next season, which he probably will be, a central defender is also almost certainly not going to be a position Wenger targets with Koscielny, Mertesacker, Chambers and Gabriel all available in that position.

It's almost guaranteed that Wenger will finally sign a striker, defensive midfielder and he could also go for a goalkeeper and maybe winger. There are a few signings that Wenger might go for in other positions but it's unlikely he'll improve any other positions unless he can make his number one target.

Starting with defensive midfielders there are four names that continue to be thrown up. Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira, Geoffrey Kondogbia and William Carvalho.

Schneiderlin offers Premier League experience and also has experience playing a similar style to Arsenal's at Southampton. Since it doesn't look like Southampton will lose any other major players, they might be willing to let Schneiderlin leave but he won't come cheap. He'll cost at least £25 million and with Coquelin's form, Wenger might not want to pay that kind of money. Wenger might be able to use Arteta, Campbell or Flamini to bring the price down though. Wenger does have a great connection with Southampton and their players so it's a possibility.

Sami Khedira is still yet to sign a contract at Real Madrid and is available on a free transfer. His wages will be very high but perhaps without paying a transfer fee for a player of Khedira's calibre Wenger might be tempted to make this move. It would surely help Ozil hit top form as Khedira is known to be one of Ozil's very close friends. The German is also comfortable in Arsenal's style and would be that large figure that Arsenal have been missing in midfield since Gilberto Silva left. As well as a big man, Khedira is good with his feet and very hard working. It could be perfect for Wenger.

Wenger has two other options in Kondogbia, whose long range goal effectively knocked Arsenal out of this year's Champions League. Or he could go for Portuguese youngster William Carvalho. These would both fit Arsenal's style of play fairly well and would give Coquelin room to grow in the squad. However, if Wenger really wants to go all out, these two may not be the right signings. Carvalho could end up costing more than Schneiderlin and Khedira combined in terms of a fee and although his wages are cheap, Wenger might not want to take a risk on him. Kondogbia's been linked with Arsenal for years and it's never happened, if Wenger was going to make this transfer he's probably have made it by now. But he's an option also.

Striking options

In terms of strikers, there are three names that continue to be thrown up. Jackson Martinez, Edinson Cavani and Alexandre Lacazette.

Jackson Martinez, although still being fairly new on the European scene, is getting on a bit at 28-years-old now and with a price tag believed to be around £25-30 million, would he really be worth it? He has eight goals in 10 Champions League games this season and 28 in 37 in all competitions. A very good record no doubt but at his age with no top league experience, can that price tag be justified? Martinez has confessed to being an Arsenal fan and Wenger has admitted he is a fan.

Edinson Cavani has struggled for chances at PSG with Ibrahimovic the main man, and often the 28-year-old Uruguayan plays on the right wing. Cavani's ability seems proven by this point and he wouldn't be a massive risk. However, for £50 million is he worth it? At the same age as Jackson Martinez and almost double the price it may not be worth it. 

Alexandre Lacazette seems to me to be the next big thing and is the total opposite to Olivier Giroud, much better technically and in front of goal than Welbeck. He's only 23-years-old and has 31 goals in 38 games this season, including 27 league goals in Ligue 1 at Lyon. He's similar to Luis Suarez before he joined Liverpool, without the controversy and aggression. Available from anywhere between £20-35 million (depending on who you ask) he seems to be the best option to me. Wenger has sent many different scouts to watch Lyon play this season so it seems a move could be on the cards. 

Between the sticks

Wenger might look for a top quality goalkeeper which is something he's lacked really since Lehmann dropped form in his last season at Arsenal. Petr Cech, Iker Casillas and Asmir Begovic seem to be the three names most often mentioned for in terms of joining Arsenal.

Petr Cech it seems will finally leave Chelsea this summer and José Mourinho has hinted that he may allow Cech to chose where he goes as he's earned that right due to his service down the years. Cech will want to stay at the top level but if unlikely to be offered a place at Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich. Cech has expressed his love for London on more than one occasion but if Wenger doesn't move quickly and De Gea moves to Real Madrid, United could pounce. Either for Hugo Lloris or Cech himself, and if Lloris joins Man Utd, Cech might replace him. At a reported price of £10 million, surely Wenger would jump at the chance of a world class keeper?

Iker Casillas is another move that could happen should De Gea join Real Madrid which could spark a goalkeeper merry-go-round. Casillas to Arsenal, De Gea to Real Madrid, Lloris to Man Utd, Cech to Spurs, Rob Green to Chelsea, NEUER TO QPR? It could happen. Casillas could likely be available for £10 million also so it's just a matter of who Wenger wants and whether Cech would chose Arsenal over any other offer he gets. Wages could play a factor and maybe the fact that Cech is one year younger.

Wishful thinking

Wenger might go for a random world star as he did with Mesut Ozil. It would most likely come late in the window and be a bit of a shock. However if he were to do that it'd most likely be Cavani, Hummels or Marco Reus.

Arsenal have many good right wingers, Walcott, Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and even Danny Welbeck does a job on the right wing. However, Arsenal's two most expensive players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil both seem far from their best on the left wing as does every other Arsenal player who's even tried to play there since Robert Pires left in 2006. It may just take the Marco Reus to reclaim that spot as it's one that has silently haunted and hindered Arsenal for nine years. It would be a very expensive signing as Reus has just signed a new contract in the winter at Dortmund. However, with no Champions League football next season, Reus might ask to leave and his second team, Arsenal, would most likely be his first choice as he's reportedly already turned down Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona in past years. Marco Reus has admitted he's a massive fan of many Arsenal players including Jack Wilshere and former Dortmund player, Rosicky.

Now obviously, not all of these can happen and much of it is speculation and hypothetical situations. Can Wenger build a title winning squad? When you consider that Chelsea will be improving it seems hard, however if Wenger can free up the space he might just be able to pull of four or five really key signings that could mount a challenge. Who would you sign if you were Arsene Wenger? Let us know below in the comments.

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