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50 World Cup stars on Arsenal’s transfer radar

Date: 13th June 2014 at 4:45pm
Written by Ben Coldwell

There are few better opportunities to scout world class footballers than the World Cup. And as his job as a French television pundit, Arsene Wenger is in prime position to cast his gaze over the talent on show. The Arsenal boss has a lot of work to do this summer if he is to fulfill the club's ambitions to challenge at the top of the Premier League. Brazil 2014 seems a good place to start. With a new right-back, striker, goalkeeper, and defensive midfielder high up on the club's priority list, here are 50 players on show in Brazil that the Gunners should focus on this summer. 1. Luiz Gustavo The Gunners missed out on Gustavo’s signature last summer when Wolfsburg trumped up the £16 million that Arsenal weren’t prepared to do. A key member of the Brazilian national setup, and a technically proficient defensive midfielder who would be a welcome addition at the Emirates. 2. Julio Cesar At 34 years of age, Cesar would seem a sensible addition to act as a quality, but experienced challenger for Wojciech Szczesny’s spot. He’s desperate to finally leave QPR, and they are keen to offload the Brazilian stopper. 3. Bernard Bernard recently intimated that Arsenal were keen on him last summer, but Shakhtar Donetsk snapped up the Brazilian youngster. He’s diminutive, skilful, and able to play anywhere behind a striker. 4. Alex Song Since Song left Arsenal for Barcelona, he hasn’t been able to nail down a spot in their side. Wenger knows what he gets with Song, and his combative and flamboyant style would work well alongside the all-round abilities of Aaron Ramsey. 5. Joel Matip Matip plays primarily as a centre-back, but can step into midfield if called on to do so. He has a solid range of passing, he’s versatile, and experienced for a 22-year-old, and is tipped to captain the Cameroon national side in years to come. 6. Samuel Eto'o Eto’o’s recent outburst against Jose Mourinho would suggest he’s on his way out of the London club. He’s experienced, and still has a calmness in front of goal rivalled by very few. He may be 33, but he would add depth to Arsenal’s attack. 7. Dejan Lovren Southampton are likely to find most of their top players pilfered this summer, and Lovren is amongst those being targeted. He adapted instantly to the Premier League, displaying athleticism and brilliant composure, and would provide stiff competition to Arsenal’s starters. 8. Sime Vrsaljko The young Croatian is known by Wenger after impressing for Genoa. He is good aerially, strong in the challenge, and also offers something going forwards. He models his game on Dani Alves, and could provide the answer to Bacary Sagna’s departure. 9. Alexis Sanchez Alexis Sanchez dribbling against Betis #soccer #dribbling #barca #futbol #football — CORINA (@corinaaxo_) June 10, 2014 Barcelona are looking to offload Sanchez this summer, and he is likely to have a groundswell of admirers. He is phenomenally fast, skilful, and a ruthless finisher. He would provide a great option alongside, or instead ... Read More


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