World Cup 2014: Five Group G transfer targets for Arsenal – Long-term target features

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

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 G?

Matthias Ginter, Germany

The potential departure of Thomas Vermaelen means manager Wenger may be looking to add another centre back behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, and one of the latter's international team mates is a reported target. Ginter, 20, has emerged this season in the Bundesliga with Freiburg, but his impressive displays in both defence and midfield have bigger clubs circling for his signature.

Julian Draxler, Germany

The Gunners still need to add attacking talent, and one of their long-term targets could be handed a key role this summer. Injuries to Marco Reus and Mario Gomez mean that Draxler could be depended upon more heavily than previously expected at the World Cup. The Schalke star seemed set for a move to Arsenal in January, but having missed out almost six months ago, Wenger could resurrect his interest.

Afriyie Acquah, Ghana

Arsenal need to add a strong midfield player this summer after indifferent displays from Mikel Arteta, and with Wenger generally preferring to sign young players that he can develop himself, it's no surprise to see him linked with Acquah. The 22-year-old Parma midfielder has spent the last season on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim, and has impressed in the Bundesliga – leading to rumours that Wenger will look to bring him to North London.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Ghana

Wenger could alternatively cast his eye to another Ghanaian midfielder who plies his trade in Serie A by looking towards Udinese's Agyemang-Badu. The 23-year-old has long been linked with a move to Liverpool but Arsenal have also been credited with an interest after his impressive displays in Italy. Expected to play an important part for Ghana in Brazil, Agyemang-Badu could become even more valuable after the tournament.

William Carvalho, Portugal

Away from Ghana, one of the predicted stars of Group G is Portugal's Carvalho. Aged 22, Carvalho is one of the hottest properties in world football after a superb campaign with Sporting Lisbon. Manchester United have been leading the race for his signature, but Arsenal have also been watching the Angolan-born anchorman – and he possesses the strength and tenacity to revolutionise the Arsenal midfield.

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