Four realistic transfer targets for Arsenal and one sensational possibility?

Iker Casillas

Who could Arsenal be looking at signing to ail their current woes?

With the failure to sign any player apart from Yaya Sanogo, Arsenal have had a very poor transfer window so far. Targets such as Higuain and Gustavo have gone to other clubs while it seems Luis Suarez will not be arriving at the Emirates.

Arsenal need to add quality as well as depth to their already depleted squad, here are just a few players they should try for:

1) Marouane Fellaini:

With Arteta injured for around six weeks a central midfielder is important. Fellaini fits the bill with the fans as he is considered a big enough name as well as having premiership experience. He also is considered a powerful player who can add steal to the midfield and a shield for the defence. It is obvious that Rosicky, Ramsay and Wilshere as a midfield three do not work, but two of these names with Fellaini would. The defence would also benefit from his presence in midfield as they need a shield like him. His style of play can be comparable to former captain Patrick Viera. After missing out on Gustavo Arsenal may pay more for Fellaini but it could be well worth it. Fellaini had a buy-out clause in his contract but this has now expired. It is not known why any team did not move on him, but his price would now be around £30 million.

2. James McCarthy:

McCarthy is more of the typical Arsenal signing. At the age of 22 he is not quite the finished article but a very talented player. At his young age he already has been earmarked as a potential leader. The signing of McCarthy would also fit the clubs latest policy of building a British style core, although he is Irish it would be a fit. Not signing McCarthy now would most likely mean that Arsenal will never sign him as he has been linked with other clubs such as Manchester United, Everton and Liverpool. His price would be somewhere near £15 million but it is very likely Wigan will sell him this summer.

3) Steven Taylor:

This is a player who has been constantly linked with Arsenal, he was even linked with the club at the start of August. The Newcastle United man would provide a bit of competition and depth to the defence and it could work well for him to try get back into the England side. With Vermaelen constantly plagued by injuries he could be another body with a bit of experience and leadership qualities. His transfer is more likely than Richards from Manchester City. He would be relatively cheap in the region of £12-15 million.

4) Jackson Martinez:

He is the next in line off the Porto conveyer belt and will be a big star in European football. He is an out and out goal scorer topping the goal scoring charts in Portugal in his first season and breaking records set by Falcao. If Arsenal were to sign the 26 year old they would have someone who knows where the goal is and is likely to take most of his chances. He has previously been linked to Liverpool but moved to Portugal last season. Even though he is relatively unknown in England the Colombian would cost Arsenal €40 million as that’s what is stated in his buy-out clause. This could be a risky signing but possibly a very fruitful one.

And one 'they couldn't, could they...?'

5) Iker Casillas:

On the face of it this would be a very unlikely transfer but Casillas has still not regained his place in the Real Madrid team since his injury. Ancelotti has decided to follow Mourinho by leaving Casillas on the bench for the first game in favour of Diego Lopez. If this were to continue then Casillas may decide to leave the club he loves for a new challenge. It is also world cup year and he would want to be playing every week to ensure that he stays as the number one. Arsenal needs some competition for Wojciech Szczesny or an experienced goalkeeper to come in. Although this transfer is very unlikely Arsenal can afford him and if he were to leave I believe he would move to England. The only issue is if Madrid and Arsenal would want to do business with each other after the Higauin mess. He would cost in the region of £25-30 million. So could a season's loan be perfect for both parties?

Which of the five could come off? And which would you like to?

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