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Every year, Arsenal seem to be linked with every player in the game from Jeremie Aliadiere to Karim Benzema, from Eden Hazard and all the way back to Mathieu Flamini. Below, I’ve listed three of the most popular and in-demand players that YOU, the fans want. 


Also, I explain why we should try and get them and why everybody else wants them too. Enjoy!




Jan Vertonghen

Taken from the Sun

The Ajax captain has become a massive transfer target as scouts witnessed the Belgium international win the Eredivisie with Ajax. Vertonghen is a versatile player whose primary position is as a centre-back; however he can play in a defensive midfielder role.  


The 6ft 2” defender has made 35 appearances for the Dutch club this year and scored 9 times, roughly scoring one goal every 4 appearance.  


Last year, Newcastle United and Manchester City were lined up to be making a bid for the player, however he declined the offer and stayed with the club for another season. Now, Barcelona, Tottenham and Arsenal have entered the bidding war for the 25-year old and it seems that everyone wants his signature. 


With Arsenal legend, Dennis Bergkamp being the assistant manager of Ajax, hopefully he’ll advise Jan that Arsenal is not only the best club in North London, but also the best choice for a transfer. 


Why would he be good for Arsenal? The injury list never seems to decrease for Arsenal and their defence seems to always be the main thing to suffer so Vertonghen could be the ideal signing for Arsène Wenger’s 2012/2013 side. 


Vertonghen has been valued at roughly £12,000,000, however if money is his incentive, he may be lured for offers as high as £25,000,000, most likely from Manchester City or Barcelona.




Shinji Kagawa

Taken from Zimbio

Shinji Kagawa is a talent, a talent that has developed and improved immensely since signing to Borussia Dortmund two years ago for an absolutely measly £285,000 and the German club are looking to make a MASSIVE profit. Kagawa mainly plays in an attacking position, either in an attacking midfield role or just behind the front men. 


With his blistering pace and incredible agility, he is able to skip pass defenders with a Messi-style run, this season, he scored 16 goals and assisted 11 goals in 41 appearances, therefore have a goal/assist per match ratio of 0.66. 


At the moment, Manchester United seem to be favourites to sign the Japanese international but were shocked by the £20,000,000 price tag. If Dortmund were to sell Kagawa for £20m, that would be a 6917% profit, absolutely ludicrous. 


What makes his departure from the Bundesliga certain is that he called team-mate Lewandowski a selfish player. Teams reported to be interested in Kagawa are Manchester United, Arsenal and Real Madrid. 


Why would he be good for Arsenal? Arsenal have missed having an attacking midfielder who attacks with skill and speed, Mikel Arteta isn’t getting younger and Kagawa is a versatile  player who could even play as a striker. 


At the moment, all the links are aiming towards a Manchester United move for the 5ft 7” player; however nothing has been agreed yet and anything could happen.




Yann M’Vila

Taken from Sky Sports

M’Vila has been on Wenger’s radar for several months now and it’s no surprise why. M’Vila has been regarded as the next Patrick Vieira or Claude Makélélé. 


The Frenchman, currently playing for Rennes has had a fantastic season playing mainly in a defensive midfielder role and Rennes always knew they would not be able to keep hold of this talented youngster. 


At the age of 21, Yann has represented every level of the French national teams and then carried on to make 18 appearances at a senior level. M’Vila is not a prolific goal scorer; however he is a solid powerhouse with serious pace. 


Last year, M’Vila was in the Ligue 1 Team of the Year and deservedly so. He may make the TOTY again this year too after strong performances to help Rennes into 5th so far with 57 points and 3 games left, an improvement over last year where they finished 6th with 56 points . 


Teams lined up to make a transfer bid for M’Vila: Arsenal, Inter Milan, Buyern Munich, Lille, Tottenham and Manchester United. Why would he be good for Arsenal? He would be an ideal squad rotation player along with Alex Song who has been a key player for Arsenal this season. 


Yann M’Vila is also an incredibly versatile player so he can play in defence if need be. He’s valued for around £20,000,000, however, I feel as if he’ll go for as high as £25m.




Thanks for reading!




Written by Felix Foreman
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