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Arsenal Prepare £25m Double Raid On European Stars

Emirates boss wants German and French internationals.

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Arsenal will launch a £25million assault on Europe this week to replace captain Cesc Fabregas and fix the defensive problems in the side.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger will make efforts to sign Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin and Werder Bremen defender Per Mertesacker.

The need for fresh recruits were highlighted today by the £35million sale of Fabregas to Barcelona.

Martin, 23, is seen as a like-for-like replacement for the Spaniard and impressed last season bagging three goals and 19 assists in Ligue 1.

The France international has been hailed as the new Zinedine Zidane by his national head coach Laurent Blanc.

Arsenal are said to have already made an informal approach to Sochaux about Martin but the French side’s president Alexandre Lacombe has no interest in selling.

But the playmaker has indicated he is keen to play Champions League football and an offer of £15million may persuade Sochaux to rethink their stance.

A centre-back has been on Wenger’s wish list all summer but the Frenchman has grown frustrated at the over-inflated prices of English defenders.

Mertesacker has been put up for sale by his club and the 26-year-old is keen on a move to the Premier League.

The German international has one-year left on his current deal and could be available for around £10million, but the Gunners could face competition from Liverpool for his signature.

Wenger has had two bids for Everton’s Phil Jagielka turned down, and interest in Gary Cahill and Christopher Samba has cooled.

But the Gunners boss is still keen on signing Scott Dann from Birmingham City.

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