Gonalons & Jovetic Head-Up Wenger’s Five-Man Shortlist Of Summer Targets

By on May 3, 2013

Despite the transfer window being closed there is still plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, information on Arsene Wenger’s summer transfer targets.

Stevan Jovetic

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is targetting a goalkeeper, centre-back, defensive midfielder and a striker this summer with Maxime Gonalons and Stevan Jovetic two of his prime targets, according to the Mirror.

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Like many fans, I’ve called for the club to add a proper defensive midfielder to the squad every since we sold Alex Song to Barcelona last summer. While Mikel Arteta has done a decent job we desperately need an athletic ball-winner in the middle of the park next season to compliment the talents of Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.

It seems we may get our wish with the Mirror claiming the boss has sent scouts to watch Lyon captain Gonalons on several occasions in recent months and is set to step up his interest during the final few weeks of the season ahead of a potential summer move.

The report suggests the France international is Wenger’s first choice but he is also keeping close tabs on Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue in case a deal can’t be struck for the £15m-rated 24-year-old.

The newspaper also claims that the boss wants to add another striker to the squad this summer with £20m-rated Fiorentina ace Jovetic understood to be our top target. I think our need for striking reinforcements is clear for all to see and I’d personally love to see the Montenegrin international come to the Emirates at the end of the season.

Goalkeeper is another area of concern with Wenger seemingly wanting to add an experienced stopper who can compete with Wojciech Szczesny for the No.1 shirt, and the Mirror suggest German international Rene Adler is under serious consideration.

Centre-back has become less of an issue in my eyes after the recent improvement at the back as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny continue to form an impressive partnership. However, the report seems to think the boss still wants to add another defender to his ranks and will send scouts to run-the-rule over Swansea captain Ashley Williams again this weekend.

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If we could strengthen those four areas this summer and keep the basis of the existing team together, we’ll have an excellent squad heading into next season. It seems like Wenger is making moves early and has identified his five main targets, and if we could land two or three of them we’ll have a great chance of ending our much-publicised trophy drought.

What do you think Gooners? Who would you like to see come to the club this summer? Get involved in the comments section below.

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19 Comments

  1. Ajibade olasunkanmi lateef

    May 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Good news but if we make those things happon victry we be our.

  2. Prince

    May 3, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Wenger must bring in right back and the other players measures above

  3. ozed

    May 3, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I would take a right back over a center back, and simply promote Miquael Ignasi to the first team as replacement for Djourou.

  4. Regular

    May 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    There is no green light now, that is how he always target and at the end of the day he will bring new faces and sold unexpected players, all is left for him because he is the manager of the club and we fans can only sugest we can’t force him to buy and sold our favourite players.

  5. Alabi oluwaseyi h

    May 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    If arsene wenger can get us dose guys den we can fit for trophy nest season,up gunnars 4 life.

  6. Izuchukkwu Okosi

    May 3, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Your headline says five targets but in the story, you wrote about four positions and likely acquisitions in those roles.

  7. jerry

    May 3, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I just need Ganalons and jovetic. Thanks to press for always bringing names for mr wenger who will never make good use of ur list of players is a pity i keep reading your imagination stories

  8. Previgo

    May 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    WENGER SHUD SIGN ALL 5 PLAYERS.. MEHN LETS SAY HE DID SIGN DEM, OUR SQUAD WUD LOOK LIK DIS..TEAM(A)
    ……………………..ADLER……………………………
    JENK……PER…………….KOS…………GIBBS
    …………….GONA…………ARTETA………..
    THEO………….CARZOLA………..PODOLSKI
    …………………JOVETIC………………………….
    TEAM(B)
    ……………………..SZCZSNEY……………………..
    CORCH…….VERM……..WILL………..REAL
    ……………..COQ………….RAMBO…………….
    OXLADE……….ROSICKY…………….JACK
    ………………..GIROUD……………………
    SUBS: EISFIED,GNABRY,AKPOM,RAYO
    OUT: GERVINHO,SQUILLACI,ARSHAVIN,DJOTOUG,PARK,BENDTNER,DENILSON,SANTOS,DIABY

  9. jamescadar

    May 3, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Well! Well!! With what į̸̸̨Ƨ̷ said, I just pray he gets new players dat r hungrey for glory! God help dis Club.

  10. Sammy

    May 3, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    ………………ADLER…………….
    CORCHIA….MERTA…..KOSCIE….MONRE
    …….GONALO…….WILSH…..
    WALCOTT………CAZORLA………PODOLS
    …….JOVETIC……

    SUBS- CHAMBO, ROSICK, GIROU

  11. Lawson of Lagos state University

    May 3, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    I would love to see Jovetic be our first signing follow by a defensive midfielder.

  12. Mart

    May 3, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Wishful thinking.

  13. Jamilu jayjay

    May 3, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Wenger must sign new espeariances players this summer

  14. Henry Sunday

    May 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Hmm..! This’s interesting. But I had Arsenal and Wenger talking about buying players which when the time arrive,they won’t buy. Those areas are perhaps most worrisome which if the board and the manager will be honest to themselves and stop deceiving us the fans about things that have never worked. May I also suggest that,It will be most welcome if the board should stop selling our futures players to clubs like Man unite and Barca; it will really help to end this insult of not winning silverwares for up to a decade now.

  15. kingsley emeka85

    May 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Late wait and see what we happen but for ♏ε̲̣̣̣̥ is good to have player that can make d club big

  16. sunny

    May 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    We need changings in our club wenger no what 2 do jovetic is ok,

  17. tope ojo

    May 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    let he sign those player first.they can sign then .no be today

  18. Diepreye Guembe

    May 4, 2013 at 12:18 am

    It will be great to see them all but we all no wenger he always return change for the board to share, till then i will not be moved

  19. Melvin

    May 4, 2013 at 8:29 am

    If sumbody thinks wenger s gona buy a £20m rated player; trust me its a dream dat wont cum tru. Bt if 3-4 player aint purchase 2 strngten d club, or if dia s an unecessary sale of our current uncompetitive squad then its gona be gunner fans minus 1

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