World Cup 2014: Five Group E transfer targets for Arsenal – QPR star features

The World Cup is not only football's biggest tournament, but it also serves as a shop window for players to impress onlooking clubs.

Arsenal are entering a critical transfer window, with the pressure building on manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners secured their first trophy in nine years with a win over Hull City in the FA Cup final, but fans are hoping for a sustained title bid next season.

Their title bid fell apart in the second half of the campaign, and with plenty of areas of concern in the side, Wenger should be busy this summer. There's just the small matter of the World Cup to consider, and as we all know, players that impress on the world's biggest stage attract interest, so who could Wenger target from Group E?

Karim Benzema, France

A primary concern for Wenger has to be adding another striker to help Olivier Giroud up front. Fans want a star name to lead the line and Real Madrid's Benzema could be a prime target with just one year left to run on his contract in Spain. The former Lyon star will spearhead the French attack this summer, and his displays could tempt Wenger into a big money move.

Antoine Griezmann, France

The second French forward on this list is Real Sociedad winger Griezmann. The 23-year-old has been simply stunning this season with 16 goals from the flanks, and he's made a late push to get into Didier Deschamps' France squad this summer. He and Mathieu Valbuena will vie for a starting spot, but Griezmann will have the chance to show off his ability this summer - something Arsenal will be keeping tabs on given that they need a winger.

Loic Remy, France

Another French attacker linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium is Queens Park Rangers hitman Remy, who enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with Newcastle United this season. The Magpies can't to afford to buy the 27-year-old, and it's believed that Arsenal are leading the chase for his signature. Given that he's in the squad with Giroud, he can prove to Wenger that he's an upgrade on the current Gunners striker this summer.

Stephan Lichtsteiner, Switzerland

With Bacary Sagna set to leave the club this summer upon the expiration of his contract, Arsenal have a huge hole to fill at right back. Whilst it seems that Serge Aurier is the club's primary option, they could look for experience instead and that would lead them to Juventus' Lichtsteiner. An energetic full back who gets up and down the flank, he would be an outstanding capture for the Gunners.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Switzerland

Arsenal's aforementioned need for some pace out wide will surely mean that Bayern Munich's Shaqiri is on their wishlist. The former Basel starlet has struggled to get into the first team in Bavaria, and is stuck behind the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Thomas Muller in the pecking order. As a result, he's allegedly looking for a move this summer and Arsenal should be at the head of the queue, particularly if he impresses this summer as Switzerland's big hope.

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