Gunners could target new keeper, defender, midfielder and striker!
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The Gunners should seriously consider these five stars, all of whom are currently shining at the World Cup…
Guilermo Ochoa – Mexico
Arsenal need a backup stopper after Lukasz Fabianski left on a free to join Swansea, and Arsene Wenger could do a lot worse than Mexico’s no.1. Ochoa played especially excellently against Brazil, keeping a clean sheet against the hosts. What’s more, he’s available on a free, so would provide very little risk if the Gunners did bring him in. They’d have to beat Liverpool to his signature, though.
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Bruno Martins Indi
The young Dutchman is superbly powerful, and would provide exceptional cover for Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in central defence. With club captain Thomas Vermaelen likely to leave, Martins Indi would be a solid replacement, and wouldn’t mind sitting on the bench and earning himself starts. In October last year, the youngster was linked to the Emirates.
Bayern Munich’s Croatian striker has done excellently for the Bundesliga champions during his two year stint at the Allianz Arena, but due to the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, he’s surplus to requirements. Mandzukic scored twice at the World Cup, but is going home as his side have been knocked out – and will now be able to sort out his future before the start of the 2014/15 season. Arsenal, Chelsea and others will be vying for his signature.
The Gunners could do with a battling force in the middle of the park, who will be able to provide the platform from which the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and co. can provide. Schneiderlin, who made his first start for France against Ecuador in the final match of the group stage, offers exactly this – and played very well for Southampton last term in the Premier League. The Gunners are known to be monitoring him closely.
Easily the most ambitious of the aforementioned players, Hulk starts for Brazil, but should be playing in an elite European league instead of with Zenit in Russia. Surely, the player himself would crave a move to an elite club, but the Gunners would have to make an enormous bid in order to get into contract discussions with the wide forward in the first place. He’s incomparably powerful, and loves to cut in from the right and shoot on his left.