Five Arsenal targets to watch in Brazil, including £37m Bundesliga star

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We take a look at five players Arsenal supporters should look out for at the World Cup this summer.

Serge Aurier

The Toulouse defender has been touted as a possible replacement to outgoing Arsenal star Bacary Sagna, and has previously been filmed suggesting that he will be a Gunners player next season.

At the World Cup, the Ivory Coast will be expected at the very least to qualify from the group stage. They will be joined by Colombia, Greece and Japan in one of the most competitive groups.

Aurier will hope to play a key part in the Ivory Coast's World Cup campaign, along with Yaya Toure and Didier Drogba, and add to his seven caps.

Mario Balotelli

The 23-year-old has been linked with a shock move back to England as Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, is said to believe he can tame the erratic striker.

The Former Manchester City man is already guaranteed to make the headlines in Brazil, for one reason or another, and the opening game against England could prove to be the perfect platform.

Although the rumours have been dismissed by Silvio Berlusconi, the AC Milan president, it is said the Italian club are hoping the striker has a good tournament in order to boost his asking price. A situation Arsene Wenger will no doubt keep an eye on.

Morgan Schneiderlin

In light of Franck Ribery’s injury, the Southampton midfielder has been selected in the 23-man squad for France in Brazil this summer and will now be hopeful of adding to his one cap on the big stage.

Although not necessarily thought to be a regular in the France XI in Brazil, he has progressed by leaps and bounds in the past few years, and the World Cup in Brazil is only something he would have dreamed during the last one, after being part of the Southampton side that finished seventh in England’s third tier.

The links to Arsenal, at the moment, are purely paper talk, but if the Frenchman is to have a big part to play in Brazil, then it could make the North London club all the more eager to claim his signature before the start of next season.

Jackson Martinez

In the past, the Porto star has been linked with a €40 million (£32.5m) move to Arsenal and admitted that he would be persuaded with a move to the Premier League.

In the absence of Colombian talisman Radamel Falcao, the pressure has been heaped onto the shoulders of the Porto striker and, like Aurier, he will be expected to help his country progress from the group stage.

A good tournament, while may mean nothing for Arsenal’s interest, could bring other teams out of the woodwork in the summer and make manager Arsenal Wenger’s job of sealing the Porto star down all the more harder.

Julian Draxler

The long-term Arsenal target will undoubtedly be back on the radar this summer and a good World Cup could make him that much more desirable.

Although, like Schneiderlin, he isn’t expected to start in Brazil, he will no doubt play some role in the tournament and hopefully be able to add to his growing reputation, not only in Germany, but around the world.

The £37 million asking price for the 20-year-old was the reported reason the deal didn’t go through in January, but a good World Cup may see Wenger pull the trigger on the deal.

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