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Arsenal Draw Up Five Star Wish-List as Arsene Wenger Looks to Ease Pain of Likely Van Persie Exit

Emirates Stadium boss keen on a number of potential new signings.

Arsene Wenger is sending scouts to check on Brazilian midfielder Ganso in their Olympic warm-up match with Team GB.

The Arsenal boss has been tracking the highly-rated Santos attacking midfielder – full name Paulo Henrique Ganso – and is weighing up a bid for the 22-year-old.

Ganso, who’s also been linked with Tottenham, is set to face Stuart Pearce’s Lions in Middlesbrough on friday.

Wenger is trying to get busy in the transfer market this summer to ease the blow of Robin van Persie’s desire to leave Arsenal.

Athletic Bilbao and Spain forward Fernando Llorente is in the picture and the Gunners are also looking at Corinthians’ Brazilian midfielder Paulinho.

Real Madrid prospect Jese Rodriguez, a star of the recent Under-19 European Championship, is also on their radar – the teenager may leave the Bernabeu if he cannot get first team chances.

Arsenal have also checked on whether Barcelona’s Dutch forward Ibrahim Afellay is available.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

This is quite some shopping list.

Arsene Wenger already completed more business in the opening couple of weeks of June than he usually completes in an entire transfer window, bringing in Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud at the cost of around £23m. Now the Gunners boss is seemingly looking to bring one or two further signings as he looks to improve a squad that he hopes will mount a genuine challenge for major honours.

Of the five targets mentioned Arsenal fans will perhaps feel the most likely to be snapped up are those who fit Wenger’s usual remit, i.e. young and relatively unknown. The two that fit that criteria are Real Madrid starlet Jese Rodriguez and Brazilian Paulinho.

Two players with undoubted ability but arguably further signings that merely continue the trend of looking to make the most of potential over the option of buying recognised established ability.

Gunners fans have become used to this policy and this has in many ways contributed to a state of almost constant transition. The idea being that Arsene Wenger looks to bring in players with real ability who are as yet unproven, which then leads to a period of ‘bedding in’ followed by the hopeful process of fulfilling that potential, this can take a season or two and then can invariably lead to said player being sold.

Brazilian international Ganso neatly spans both youth and experience. The 22 year old is probably ready to make a real impact in Europe but the cost of such a player would certainly smash Arsenal’s transfer record and one wonders if Wenger and the Gunners board are ready to ‘put their money where their mouths are’.

A move for Fernando Llorente seems highly unlikely for a number of reasons, not just because again he would cost an obscene sum but also because even if Robin Van Persie were to leave, where would the Spanish international fit into a starting eleven that would presumably use Giroud and Podolski as a front pair.

Ibrahim Afellay could be the most likely of these five targets to come to fruition. The Barcelona man may well feel that the chances of him ‘breaking through’ at the Nou Camp are no better under new boss Tito Vilanova than they were under Pep Guardiola.

The adaptable Dutch attacker is very much a ‘Wenger-style’ player, comfortable on the ball, a quick thinker and not all that expensive.


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