20 top transfer targets to transform ailing Arsenal

Julio Cesar Brazil

Who should Arsenal look at to strengthen their squad? Here are 20 varied possibilities...

A bad start to the Premier League season compounded the unhappiness at the Emirates at present, with fans urging Arsenal to 'spend, spend, spend.' 

But who should they spend the money on? We have compiled a list of 20 players who the club are, could be, and should be looking at...


Julio Cesar

Brazil's number one stopper remains in the Championship, a bemusing fact that nobody has picked him up. QPR would likely accept a minimal offer simply to get him off their wage bill; this one really is a no-brainer.

Asmir Begovic

Asmir Begovic showed at the weekend just how important he is to Stoke, making 10 saves against Liverpool- the joint most ever made in a Premier League game. Stoke have Sorensen and Butland in reserve, and will sell for the right price.


Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams has been linked with Arsenal on-off all summer, and there can't be any denying he would improve their defensive options. It would take a big bid for Swansea to agree to sell at this stage, so it depends just how keen the Gunners are.

Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld would be an ideal signing for Arsenal, based on his versatility and ability to play across the back four. A centre-back for Ajax, he has played at left-back for Holland of late, and has just one year left on his contract.

Mamadou Sakho

Mamadou Sakho also has just one year remaining on his PSG contract and has announced he will not renew. The 23-year-old is highly rated, with AC Milan and Liverpool also linked.


Arsenal were over the weekend linked with signing Spanish international Juanfran, who plays at right-back. He would provide security in case Bacary Sagna does not renew his deal, and offer further strength in depth.

Atsuto Uchida

Arsenal are claimed to have made a bid for Schalke right-back Uchida, who is a Japan international with more than 60 caps at the age of 25. As with Juanfran he would give the Gunners further options in a position of uncertainty.

Adil Rami

Arsenal need a centre-back, and Frenchman Adil Rami is said to be open to a move if the right offer presents itself. Valencia have cashed in on several stars this summer and Rami, nicknamed 'The Rock', is certainly a valid option who would not break the bank/


Yoann Gourcuff

Lyon's president last week stated that Yoann Gourcuff is holding out for a move to Arsenal, with manager Arsene Wenger a confirmed admirer/. Injuries have prevented the former AC Milan man from reaching his potential, but a new challenge could push him on.

Igor Denisov

Defensive midfielder and Russian international captain is available from Anzhi Machachkala, so should Arsenal test the waters with a bid? He could be bought for a knockdown price and give them the experience they need in the position.

Yohan Cabaye

Arsenal made a 'derisory' £10 million bid for Yohan Cabaye yesterday, but the player's future is uncertain after he was left out of Newcastle's defeat to Manchester City. The Gunners have the money to bid far more if they wish.

Marouane Fellaini

Arsenal have missed out on triggering Marouane Fellaini's release clause, but by submitting a bid in excess of £25 million they could seek to take advantage of poor relations between Everton and Manchester United and make him their record signing.

Geoffrey Kondogbia

Arsene Wenger is a fan of Frenchman Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is available for transfer from Seville. However the interest of Monaco is a complication the Gunners don't need.

Adem Ljajic

Fiorentina playmaker Adem Ljajic has just one year left on his contract and could be the creative spark Arsenal need to replace the departed Arshavin and Gervinho. Milan and Atletico Madrid are also interested.

Florian Thauvin

Florent Thauvin has been made available for transfer by Lille at the right price, with Newcastle also interested. The youngster would be a cheaper if more inexperienced option to Yohan Cabaye.

Alex Song

Here's a controversial name to throw into the mix; could Arsenal mend the broken bridges of Alex Song's departure and bring back a player they have never replaced? He has failed to make an impression at Barcelona, so could he be tempted to move back?



Swansea claim their Spanish forward is not for sale, but that resolve has not yet been tested by an official bid. Michu's versatility would be an asset to Arsenal as well as his goalscoring threat.

Luc Castaignos

This would very much be a 'Wenger-signing', but an interesting one. Dutchman Castaignos moved to Inter too soon, but has revitalised his career at Twente, having scored three in three already this season and would at 20, fit the mould the Frenchman likes to sign.

Jackson Martinez

The most expensive name on the list, Porto's prolific striker Jackson Martinez who bagged 31 goals last season. He has a release clause of £34.8 million, so the club know where they stand if they want to make a bid for the Colombian.

Oscar Cardozo

Another Portugual based striker, Paraguayan international Oscar Cardozo, who is available for transfer from Benfica after falling out with the coach. At 31 he does not fit the typical profile of an Arsenal signing, but he guarantees goals and would thrive in the physical nature of the Premier League.

Which of the 20 do you want Arsenal to sgn?

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