The incredible 19 players linked with signing for Arsenal this week


It's been a crazy week at Arsenal, and wave after wave of transfer speculation has simply added to it.

When times aren't good, its natural to look to the future and how they can improve; and that is exactly what has been happening at Arsenal this week.

After being knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn, and losing 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League it's fair to say the phrase 'doom and gloom' is pretty apt right now. Perhaps the only ray of light are reports Arsenal are ready to commit £70 million to spend on new players in the summer.

Then again, Arsenal were also supposed to have a £35 million 'warchest' available for January, and signed just Nacho Monreal for £8.3 million.

It has led to unrelenting speculation over new players who could be arriving this summer, some more likely than others, but it's been difficult to keep up with it all.

Fortunately we have been tracking developments, and have compiled a list of all 19 players linked with a switch to the Gunners over the past seven days. If we have missed any, let us know.

Victor Valdes

The Barcelona goalkeeper is keen to leave for 'a new adventure' and could cost £10 million. Arsenal are widely reported to be interested along with Manchester United.

David Villa

Spanish newspaper AS re-affirmed Arsenal's interest in David Villa this week, declaring the Gunners want to sign him as part of a Barcelona 'triple-swoop'.

Dani Alves

The third man is Dani Alves, the exciting Brazilian right-back. At 29-years-old his wages and price may not be the value Arsenal are looking for, but their interest has been declared by various sources.

Stefan Jovetic

The Telegraph claimed Jovetic is the central target for Arsenal's £70 million 'warchest'. The Fiorentina striker is one of Europe's hottest properties, with Manchester City also interested.

Senna Miangue

Miangue is just 16-years-old and plays for Belgian side RC Beerschot. Inter Milan are interested with reports in Italy claiming Arsenal are their strongest competition.

Nathan Chabolah

The Star claimed this week Arsenal are interested in snapping up Chelsea teenager Nathan Chabolah, currently on loan at Watford who Gianfranco Zola claims is good enough to replace Frank Lampard.

Mario Gotze

The Mirror state Mario Gotze is a top target for Arsenal, despite Borussia Dortmund's reluctance to sell. He would cost over £30 million and recently signed a new deal, so this one sounds ambitious.

Angelo Ogbonna

Ogbonna is an Italian international playing for Torino who is rated as his country's brightest defensive talent. Manchester United and Juventus are also interested, with reports in Italy confirming Arsenal want him too.

Pepe Reina

The Telegraph claim Liverpool's Pepe Reina remains on Arsene Wenger's wanted list, and is a viable alternative to Victor Valdes. Whether Liverpool would sell to a rival is another matter, and at what price.

Borja Lopez

Lopez is a Spanish central defender compared to Gerard Pique. He plays for Sporting Gijon and would be fairly easy to tempt away. Again Manchester United are interested in the 18-year-old, who would cost around £4 million.

Maxime Gonalons

Arsenal were said to have had scouts at Lyon last night to watch Gonalons performance against Tottenham. Their timing was impeccable as the player scored. He is a defensive midfielder rated at around £10 million.

Simon Mignolet

Sunderland stopper Mignolet has emerged as one of the Premier League's most consistent goalkeepers and is Belgian's number one. He was this week linked to Arsenal to compete with Wojciech Szczesny.

Christian Benteke

Benteke faces off against Arsenal tomorrow for Villa so they can see what he can do first hand. The striker has been linked with the Gunners by numerous sources, and previously admitted they are his 'dream club.'

Etienne Capoue

Capoue is a name which has been doing the rounds for a while, and the Telegraph claimed this week he remains a key part of their plans. He is a defensive midfielder who plays for Toulouse and is likely to leave this summer.

Fernando Amorebieta

Arsenal are said to be in talks with Amorebieta, known as the 'Butcher of Bilbao'. The 27-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the season and could be a bargain.

Luiz Gustavo

Bayern Munich are reportedly open to offers for Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who came off the bench at the Emirates in midweek. The Mail claim he is on Wenger's 'shortlist' and would cost £10 million.

Martin Caceres

Reports in Italy have claimed Juventus defender Caceres is a target for the club. The Uruguayan can play at centre-back and right-back, useful versatility as the Gunners have recently found out.

Daryl Janmaat

Another right-back who could replace Bacary Sagna is Daryl Janmaat who plays for Feyenoord. The reports stem from Holland with the 23-year-old already a Dutch international.

Alvaro Vadillo

Real Betis attacker Alvaro Vadillo has been dubbed 'the next Ronaldo' after impressing for his club. The left-winger is just 18 and AS claim Arsenal are interested.

Which of these are most likely, and who would you like to see?

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