World Cup 2014: Five Group F transfer targets for Arsenal – 'Iranian Messi' features

Asmir Begovic Stoke V Arsenal

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 F?

Marcos Rojo, Argentina

Versatile defender Rojo has had a superb season with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, and his displays have seemingly secured him a starting spot with Argentina this summer. The 24-year-old usually plays at centre back domestically, but will be Argentina's left back at the World Cup, and the fact that he can perform consistently in both positions is reportedly of great interest to Wenger.

Ever Banega, Argentina

Mikel Arteta had an underwhelming season for the Gunners, leading to plenty of speculation that Arsenal will look to bring in another central midfielder this summer. Linked with a move to North London for some time now, Valencia midfielder Banega looks to be heading to the Premier League after an unnamed English side entered talks with the 25-year-old - could he finally be on his way to Arsenal?

Angel di Maria, Argentina

After the marquee capture of Mesut Ozil last summer, Gunners fans are hoping for more big names arrivals and in fact, the club have been linked with another swoop on Real Madrid. This time, it's for winger di Maria, who could leave the Spanish capital if Real secure the signing of Real Sociedad's Antoine Griezmann. The 26-year-old would be another huge signing for Arsenal, and would inject some much needed pace to the attack.

Asmir Begovic, Bosnia

Following the departures of Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano, Arsenal need to sign another goalkeeper to challenge Wojciech Szczesny between the sticks - which could lead them to Stoke star Begovic. The 26-year-old has been consistently excellent for the Potters and will be Bosnia's best hope of keeping opponents at bay at this summer's World Cup - and Arsenal should be watching.

Sardar Azmoun, Iran

The starlet dubbed as 'the Iranian Lionel Messi' is attracting interest from all over Europe after impressing with Rubin Kazan in Russia. Azmoun, still only 19, hit four goals in 14 league games as he burst onto the scene in the second half of the season, and has subsequently earned a place in Iran's World Cup squad. Arsenal are believed to be leading the chase for his signature as Wenger looks to develop more young talent.

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