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Arsenal Transfer List: 4 Players Wenger Should Consider Buying

The transfer window is coming ever closer, and it’s time to see what teams need this summer, so here’s who I think Arsene Wenger should sign this summer. Yoann Gourcuff With Fabregas and Nasri potentially leaving in the summer, I guess it is not much surprise that Gourcuff here is on the list for Arsenal’s […]

The transfer window is coming ever closer, and it’s time to see what teams need this summer, so here’s who I think Arsene Wenger should sign this summer.

Yoann Gourcuff

With Fabregas and Nasri potentially leaving in the summer, I guess it is not much surprise that Gourcuff is on the list. Along with that, after all Denilson, Eboue, Bendtner and others are also rumoured to be heading for the exit door. So Wenger will certainly need to snap up a midfielder this summer.

Gourcuff has had a somewhat dismal year, where he admitted to himself that he was “disappointed and frustrated” with his performances at Lyon. So he could potentially be leaving on a cut-price deal. Although he has a contract with Lyon up to around 2015, Arsenal could certainly tempt them into selling with a big deal, perhaps money that they will receive from selling several of their players in the summer.

Jan Vertonghen

A lot of Gunners want this Belgian defender playing at the heart of their defence, and with good reason, his club performances for Ajax have been stellar and he has saved the Dutch side in defensive terms on many occasions.

Another thing that is exciting about the 24 year old is that not only is he compatriot to their centerback Vermaelen, but he plays like him as well. Vertonghen frequently goes forward in support play and he has a good header in his attacking and defensive arsenal. Along with that, he can slot right in at left back should Clichy consider leaving in the summer.

Maarten Stekelenburg

With Almunia around, I guess it is not much surprise about this pick. Yes, Arsenal have a more than capable goalkeeper in the young Polish Sczcesny, but Stekelenburg could show him a few tricks in goal, giving him some advice and help develop the young Pole.

At 28 years old, he also has many more years of quality service left to offer to Arsenal. With Almunia and Lehman being (permanently) shipped out in the summer, they will need someone to deputize, and someone that isn’t Arsenal’s very own version of Tottenham’s Huerelo Gomes. So Stekelenburg would be a pretty smart buy.

Miguel Veloso

Arsenal have been missing a dominating defensive midfielder this season, and that is just what this Portuguese midfielder can bring, crunching tackles and crucial interceptions. Not only is he great at breaking down plays, but he can also bring a leadership element to this Arsenal side.

Veloso also has a lot of versatility, being able to slot in at left back as well, so should Clichy leaves in the summer, he could be another candidate to take on the mantle at left back. But I still think that he would do great, dominating the midfield.

So what do you guys think of my opinions? Agree or disagree? Write your thoughts in the comments section below!

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. Ric the gooner

    June 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Other than Vertonghen, I would not have the others. Arsenal should send a message to disconsolate players, who always seem to want away from the club. I would:

    1. Sell Fabregas for as much as we can get, but no less than 40m.
    2. If Nasri won’t sign, then sell him. Along with Denilson, Almunia, Bendtner and Squillaci.
    3. Use proceeds to bring in Benzema, Hazard, Gary Gahill and Vertonghen.

  2. david

    June 7, 2011 at 10:54 am

    none of them are any better than what we have, dont need another ball playing centenary koscielny is far better defensively than Vertonghen, velso is slow and is failed potential hence why he plays for Genoa, Stekelenburg is no better than fabanski or szezneyyy and i would not conceder him a step up and Yoann Gourcuff has never inpressed me when i have seen him, was poor for A.C milan has been poor for leyon and defiantly is not the type of player arsenal need, in football manager 2010 these mite of made good signings

  3. opoku

    June 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

    i agree with u but veloso is someone who i dont know and never watched before?

  4. Daniel Marino

    June 7, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Dear Sir,

    I think my gooners are gone nats. Who are you to suggest Arsen should do this and that.

    You are just a fun like me. It is only Arsenal funs under Arsen who not to be listened.

    We are meaningless to Arsen. Rather than suggesting, please do someting like strike action to get rid this man and we get back to our invisible status.

    • meek

      June 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

      haha without Arsen we wouldnt have that invisible status so who are we to suggest he leaves

  5. DEL

    June 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Maarten Stekelenburg yes 100% he is what we need. if we don’t even sign anyone else we must sign him. But hopefully there will be other as well.Jan Vertonghen yes he and Vermaelen, had a good partnership before and Vermaelen, will help him settle in well.Miguel Veloso
    yes bring him in to replace Denilson.Yoann Gourcuff don’t know much about him, Do we want a player who is off form, not really PL is hard to adapt to. we also need a striker we should buy Gervinho

  6. Singles

    June 7, 2011 at 11:03 am

    All these players are likely to join an Arsenal in a football manager game than in real life. C’mon. Dont paint a pretty picture.

  7. Jay

    June 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

    With Nasri admitting he wants to go and Fabregas heading out this summer you have got to think what RVP is thinking he now remains the only world class player left.

    If we sign players like Benzema, Marin, Ageuro etc to replace them then great but you know this will NOT happen.

    Get ready to accept us signing unknown guys for potential that will ultimately fail.

    Wenger was successful with his transfer policy in the 90’s because the scouting wasnt as detailed as it now and he went for a philosophy of signing players who were extremely tall, powerful and quick…….it was like having a steam train race against mini coopers……since then he has done the opposite and signed small weak players… have got to think what made him do that Barca?

    A team of Steklenburg, Sagna, Vermealan, Cissokho. Wilshere, Rodwell, Gourcuff, Benzema, Lukaku, RVP

    The above team adds height and power, please no more 5ft 8inch midgets

    • phil

      June 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      sagna cahill vermalen baines

      Song wilshere
      hazard arshavin
      Rvp (c)

      Out – bendter, denilson, almunia, clichy.
      In – hazard, benzema, cahill, baines, begovic, taraabt.

      My god i should be a manager.x

      • phil

        June 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Also out – fabregas and nasri, thanks cesc u been amazing and samir jog on no player is bigger than the club!

    • samuel

      June 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      So tell us then Jan the height of every Barcelona forward/midfielder starting with Messi and including Villa,Pedro,Krkic,Iniesta,Xavi,don,t be a crybaby all your life,please?

    • Andre

      June 8, 2011 at 2:25 am

      hahah so you want a team of 10 players, 5 of which have never played in the PL and Vermealan who has just come back from a year out. . . if you know nothing about football dont post

  8. www

    June 7, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Jay i don’t fancy our chances with 10 men.

  9. wally forbes

    June 7, 2011 at 11:43 am

    The four Players that i would like to see at Arsenal next Season,are

    Joey Barton

    Three of them are English,all of them will be in Arsene Wegner’s Price Range,
    all have bags of P.L.experience,and three of them have International experience.

  10. willybilly

    June 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    All of you who slate arsene wenger like you do have absolutley NO real knowledge of the beautiful game. What wenger has acheived on the money he has spent could not be matched by anyone, is it any wonder real madrid wanted him over mourinho!? they know that arsenal play total football bettered only by barca! so if they gave him 100 million imagine what he could do. not only this Arsenal are financially sound, Man U and Barca are in a shit load of debt!!( plus money has only been available for 1 year from usmanov, and you cant blame wenger for having faith in a team capable of beating barca) Wenger to me looks like a man who has realised he has done what he can with the money he spends and wants to enjoy winning again and to silence the hateful english media. honestly i cant believe some of you so called fans, you accuse our players of not loving our club, but do you? I know wenger does, and despite is stubborn streak and his over faith on young players, he DOES NOT deserve the stick some of you spuds in desguise give him. LOVE GUNS

    • arsefan

      June 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      @ willybilly
      One sensible comment in the midst of the mindless rant from all the “oh-I-am-such-a-good-EPL-manager”.

    • Gunner

      June 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      ..looks like u used your brain unlike the others eih!…I like it…
      ..we do need a “real” defender to win a title thou..not just the class of “djourou”..

    • samuel

      June 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm

      That,s telling the crybabies in no uncer
      tain terms,WillyBilly?

  11. jp

    June 7, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    I want samba, hazard, benzema and given

  12. DSCH

    June 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Samba seems to be someone on AW’s wish list.

    But after last night’s France match I’d also include Kevin Gameiro and Marvin Martin.

  13. ieuan

    June 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    I think we should keep faith with schesney and buy
    1.Baines and have gibbs as cover
    2.Aguero as a wing/striker
    3.Young for pace give walcott a challenge
    4.Cahill as we need a decent CB
    what you lot think

    • phil

      June 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      As much as i agree and young would be amazing for us but im sure it would never happen coz of united iinterest. I agree with them all, if there’s one player wenger should throw money at its aguero he is simply amazing and would be an immense partner for Rvp!

  14. dan bassett

    June 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Schezny should be given the number 1 shirt for next year. We should sign either sakho or subotic for centre back position. I’d love to see neymar or hazard on the left instead of arshavin. I would also get chamberlain from southampton as looks like a good player for the future but not essential

  15. thala

    June 7, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    in- niko kranjar , jan vertonghen ,mich richards, falaco.
    out- alumina ,eboue , squalacci ,denilson,
    rosicky , bentner
    retain – cesc , nasir and arshavin

  16. Marc

    June 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    I would welcome the Belgian defender and Stekelenburg, but I have doubts about Goruff due to his recent performance but he could make a huge turn around. Velso doesn’t want to come to Arsenal. Instead we could consider Baines, Cahill and Benzema or Falaco. If Cesc really wants to go then let him, but Nasri should be kept.

  17. Mobeus

    June 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    CB – samba, cahill, @ jagielka
    MF – parker @ barton
    MF – arteta @ gourcouff (if cesc leaves)
    WF – hazard, valbuena, @ n’zogbia

  18. jimmy

    June 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    buyn huge amount of players are not solution 4 arsenal failure but dr commitment matter alot. If prof. Could give evry position challenge with great assurance we wil dliver.

  19. Eugene

    June 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I trust Wenger, he is a superb manager and I don’t know why people are so forgetful that they forget so quickly how good he is. Having said that though, I think Wenger needs to remember that any player who thinks he is bigger than the team or doesn’t want to play for Arsenal, should be allowed to leave. As for transfer rumours, I certainly do NOT want to see Gourcuff. Last thing we need is another arrogant player who will just end up blaming the team and crying about not winning trophies. I would like to see Cahill & Hazard join 🙂

  20. Kirk

    June 7, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Sell Cesc, Use the money we have + what we obtain from the sale of Cesc, build the team around Nasri. Bring in Benzema or Falcao ( My first choice ), Baines, Either Cahill or Samba and Scott Parker – Denilson, Almunia, Cesc out … obviously 2 or 3 of the young barca signings we’ve made can go into … Silva and the young asian kid into first team and you’re looking at a young yet experienced team who will go further than we have for a few years … I’d even sign Defoe …

  21. Adesuyan blessing adeyemi

    June 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Sell of fab is better not 2 sell narsi, bcos narsi a player that 4 aresnal well this season.2 a play like jan is a good friend of vam.

  22. Dan

    June 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Nice ideas, but realistically a lot of those players are either off form, or haven’t played in a tried or tested league.

    Vertonghen is a useful player, but realistically would be no better than Djourou or Koscielny – and is similar in style. We need a dominating centre half of the Hangeland or Mexes elk. Mexes personally would be the choice as Roma are in a need to sell, he’s a proven leader, and would slot right in as being French. Buying another mid-20s keeper would be a mistake as Szczesny is clearly going to be very good. Realistically we should have got Friedel in as short term competition, but Fabianski will provide competent cover for Szczesny. Additionally, we have Damian Martinez, a 18 year old, who recently was called up to the Argentina squad for a friendly with Nigeria – and James Shea, who has already trained with the England squad. The issue is not really in goal anymore. Where to start with Miguel Veloso? Promised a lot in the Portugese league, but like a lot of players the less tried and tested European leagues, faltered when he left and is at a pretty average Genoa right now. He would be quite cost effective, but I believe the time for Wenger to worry about the amount he spends this summer is far outweighed by the need to bring in tested talent. Gourcuff is an interesting one. Also promised a lot, but has had a bad season. That being said, so have a lot of the French players coming off the back of the World Cup, so maybe it’s a case of new season, new start. If Fabregas (which I hope he does) and Nasri both go, I would say we need better quality brought in over Gourcuff. In that situation, proven Premier League/Spanish League quality would be needed as otherwise we’d be looking at wingers in the form of Arshavin (if he stays) and Walcott, which would be a huge step backwards. If Wenger was to lose just one of Fabregas or Nasri this summer, then I think that might present a good situation. One player that is making a lot of headlines in Italy is Javier Pastore. A midfielder not too dissimilar to a Juan Sebastian Veron or even Lionel Messi, and at a good age of 21. The guy is likely to cost the best part of 20 million Euros, but he’s proven in one of the big three European leagues, and would slot in as a ready made replacement for Fabregas or Nasri. Plus at 6ft 2, he’s actually quite a presence in the middle of the park and on set pieces (if he’s not taking them!).

    Bringing in a holding midfielder is interesting. Song has been a good player for us in that role, but has started to venture forward more and more. I’d like to see him starting the season in a more forward role alongside Wilshere, with a third pure holding midfielder brought in, akin to Gilberto. A lot of people forgot about Emmanuel Frimpong, who had a serious injury but has worked through the youth ranks and played the holding role for Wilshere in the U18s/Reserves. While he may not be ready yet, we said the same about Jack last year – and now he’s one of our most influential players. Personally, I’d be looking to get Lassana Diarra back from Real Madrid as he’s available at a cut cost price, and I’d proposition a midfield three of Wilshere, Song and Diarra/Frimpong. Some may say that lacks creativity, but if you see Wilshere for England, he clearly has it in him, and on top of that, you then end up with 2 of 3 midfielders whom are 6ft+.

    My big controversy for the new season surrounds the maestro, RVP. RVP, whilst being world class when available, is not the type of striker that can lead the line for 60 games a season. Since he joined Arsenal, Van Persie has not played more than 35 games in a season (although has always ran up a decent goalscoring record). For me, this is where the issue lies. I love RVP, I think he is potentially one of the best 5 players in the world. But I don’t think he’ll ever be injury free. As such, there needs to be a world-class striker to offset his injuries. Or at least a very good one. Forget Defoe or Odemwingie. Defoe has great pace, and a fantastic ability to score great goals, but he wouldn’t move across North London. Odenwingie just isn’t good enough – plus he’s too similar to Chamakh. Chamakh will be better next season. Let’s not forget he did get into double figures in his first season, all before Christmas. Considering he didn’t start training with Arsenal until quite late last summer due to the World Cup disruptions, the fact he played the first half a season and bagged the different type of goals (tap ins, headers) was promising.

    Personally, I’d like to see a Benzema or an Aguero brought in – despite the considerable cost.

  23. samuel

    June 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    So Liverpool posted a 20 million pound
    loss for 2010/11 season even after recouping 50 million for Fernando Torres,s sale to Chelsea,in other words
    a 70 million pound loss was incurred but
    no new stadium yet and no Premiership
    title either in 20 years while racking up huge debts,is this what Arsenal fans
    would like,not me thanks?

  24. Puia Khawlhring

    June 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    Gourcuff is good enough to play at Arsenal, but i think Vertonghen is not good enough to strengthen our defense Sakho is alot better than Vertonghen.
    Stekelenburg is also good enough, Hlloris is far more better than him and is worthy to sign for us

  25. armagharsenal

    June 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

    I dont really agree with any of those players.
    Also if Cesc really wants to go let him but for 35million plus Bojan. Or a straight up 50. If Clichy and Nasri wont sign new contracts ship them on there way as well.
    Give Szczensy the number 1 shirt and show some confidence in him he deserves it. Buy Majid Bougerra from Rangers. He is cheap can play RB and CB and he has CL experience. Buy Gary Cahill. We need a ball winner at the back so to go and want to win headers not someone who jumps for the sake of it. Get Danelle De Rossi. He is a hard midfielder and a leader and he is entering the last year off his contract and has said he would like a new challenege. Also Alex Weitsel would be a good possibility to add a bit of grit to the midfield. Bring in 2 wingers in Hazard as he is pure quality and a player like Stewart Downing who would be a good squad player and happy to play 30 games in a 55 game season. Up front id love to see us sign Falcao and ofcourse if Cesc goes Bojan there as well. Replace Clichy with Baines and get someone else to replace Nasri though I hope he stays and play 4-4-2.
    Sagna Cahill Vermaelen Clichy
    Nasri De Rossi Wilshere Hazard
    V.Persie Falcao
    We would have a squad team of
    Bougerra Djourou Koscienly Gibbs
    Walcott Song Wiestel Downing
    Bojan Chamakh
    And thats leaving out Ramsey who is quality and other great young players we have coming through ie Lansbury Bartley Miquel JET etc..
    Thats a fantastic squad and im sure we would be winning trophies again because Arsene is a great manager I just believe some of the players arent good enough.

  26. Goofygum

    June 8, 2011 at 1:05 am

    I think everyone is agreed that if fab & nasri want to go let them, for the right price. Whilst we dont want to sell our best no players is bigger than the club. We need hight and strength that much is clear. A leader or 2 would be welcome. What we won’t agree on is the players we should sign. In Wenger we have the best man for the job. He is the leader and will decide. Those who suggest he should go either don’t understand football or have a low IQ. Maybe they are on the doll and choose to drink smoke funny stuff. Who knows? What is fir sure they are mad. Like every man Wenger is not always right and I don’t always agree with him but in the grand scheme of things he a genius and mastermind behind what was a small club a big European contender. Look at man city they needed millions just to get a top four.
    What I want is Hazard. What I don’t want is Scot Parker. He is good but not what we need. Also I really rather not buy overpriced and overhyped English players.

  27. gabbu

    June 8, 2011 at 9:20 am

    i think who want to leave should leave and those big money should be used to sign big names in emirates.Eboue,squilacci,and other who are not in the team performance should leave to sign new experienced players and the team will perform

  28. Abhishek BS

    June 9, 2011 at 4:42 am

    we should buy hazard instead of veleso…all the remaining three are perfect match for arsenal…if these 4 players come to arsenal means we can challenge any team in the world especially barcelona….

  29. Abhishek BS

    June 9, 2011 at 4:56 am

    IF fabregas leaves that would be a disaster for arsenal …we surely cant win any thing this season also becoz we will definately miss the creativity,vision of fabreags.i dont think anybody is having the capability to replicate what fabregas used to do.the new players will take sometime to settle down to EPL…so we should not let fabregas to leave arsenal.

  30. Archiebald Barchue

    June 24, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I Love to see player like Higuain, Paulinho,Rooney, Ceasar,at Arsenal this season

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