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Arsene-Wenger

“Spend, spend, spend” has been the fans’ motto directed toward Arsene Wenger and the board during games at the Emirates.

And why? Well they were promised a lucrative transfer pot at the start of the summer and as of yet haven’t touched it- Mathieu Flamini and Yaya Sanogo have both come in on Bosman’s.

In addition, they have seen their fiercest local rivals Chelsea and Tottenham spend significantly on replenishing their squad ahead of this season.

And even if the Gunners cannot dwarf the 100 million spent by Tottenham, fans would like to see some serious cash being spent in order for top quality talent to be tempted to the Emirates having missed out on Gonzalo Higuain.

Time is running out however and Wenger faces the wrath of fans every time they lose for not being able to open the chequebook before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline

So, if Wenger doesn’t want to face this and endanger Arsenal’s season by idling away in the window and not being able to grab the talent that can help to maintain their record of being in the Champions League places ever since Wenger’s first full season in 1997-98.

Here we suggest 5 dream deadline day deals Arsenal must make.

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Wenger

Arsenal have been linked with a series of midfielders this summer, as manager Arsene Wenger seeks to improve upon arguably one of the weakest areas of his side at present – defensive-midfield.

It has been a long time since the Gunners had a take-no-nonsense midfield enforcer in the mould of Patrick Vieira – club captain and, more importantly, leader – both on and off the pitch.

There is an argument that Alexander Song quite ably filled the role of defensive midfield quite ably, and in truth, the Cameroonian’s departure for Barcelona last summer has left something of a hole in Arsenal’s engine room that has still yet to be filled.

The likes of Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are all well and good, but the Gunners have too many quick and nimble midfielders and not enough steel.

Wenger has been looking into buying Bayern Munich’s Luiz Gustavo this summer, and the defensive midfielder would have been a terrific addition at Emirates Stadium – but it looks like he’s going to Wolfsburg.

And that leaves Wenger with a dilemma. The pressure is mounting now for him to make at least one noteworthy signing in the summer transfer market before the window slams shut on September 2 – particularly in midfield.

Here, we examine 5 Midfielders Arsene Wenger Must Sign.

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It’s that time of year again. The January transfer window is open for business and all 20 Premier League sides are looking to strengthen.

As with every season motives are different. Some clubs are trying to stave off relegation, others advance their lot by pushing for Europe. The title race and four Champions League spot remain as wide open as they have in years at the top.

Some managers are known to dislike the winter window, but love it or hate it only the brave or foolish ignore it. Certain teams desperately require strengthening to realize their ambitions and others need to have a quiet month, ensuring they hang on to their prized assets.

Players seeking moves may have extra motivation to do so this January as we are now in a World Cup year. Competition to make the plane to Brazil will be cut-throat for many of the 32 countries involved in the greatest sporting show on earth.

National coaches want their players getting regular football in the run-up to the World Cup. That can cause crazy winter gambles by outsiders to force their way back into the fold in time for June.

All these considerations have been weighed up by the WhatCulture sports team. So, for your delectation we have gone through all 20 English top flight teams, assessed what they need, who they have been linked with and who we would like see join them. We proceed alphabetically, so click next to start with Arsenal.

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Arsenal are lining up a sensational New Year bid for Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez, according to the Daily Mail.

The Gunners are weighing up a move for the Mexican striker, over concerns about Oliver Giroud’s workload.

Giroud is Arsenal’s only fit senior striker with Lukas Podolski still out injured, and manager Arsene Wenger is eager to bring in a new recruit to ease the Frenchman’s goalscoring burden.

Liverpool’s Luis Suarez remains a target, but, in news that will almost certainly heighten hostilities just two days before their clash in the Premier League, the Gunners are also eyeing United’s ‘Chicharito’.

Wenger will try to sign a new forward in January and considers the potential procurement of Hernandez’s services realistic, given how little game time he has been getting at Old Trafford recently.

Hernandez has yet to make a full league appearance for the Red Devils this season and has had to settle with being an impact substitute under manager David Moyes.

Arsenal also retain an interest in taking Juventus’s Fernando Llorente on a short-term loan, due to fears that Giroud is overexerting himself.

Giroud has started all 10 of the Gunner’s Premier League games this season, and also all four of their Champions League matches, raising concerns of burn-out.

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The Premier League era – until the last eight years – has been something of a golden age for Arsenal. Under Arsene Wenger the Gunners have won three Premier League titles, won four FA Cup, reached the UEFA Cup and Champions League finals all while consistently finishing in the top four.

Everyone remembers the great names of this time. Images of Bergkamp, Henry, Wright, Vieira, Seaman and Adams are all conjured to the forefront of your mind. These great players all made an impact on Arsenal over many years and are members of its 100 club.

Basking in their reflective glory, however, are other footballers that did not stay at Highbury or the Emirates Stadium for quite so long.

We celebrate ten players that influenced the Gunners in less than 100 matches:

10. Davor Suker

Top scorer at the 1998 World Cup, Croatia striker Suker joined Arsenal in the summer of 1999 at the age of 31, staying for just one season before joining West Ham. He bagged a brace on his full debut against Aston Villa and netted 11 in 39 games in all competitions.

Prior to joining the Gunners, Suker had also enjoyed success at club level with Real Madrid. He played a part in the Spanish giants’ La Liga triumph in 1996-97 and helped them win the Champions League on the eve of the World Cup.

Suker served as experienced backup to first choice strike pairing Bergkamp and Henry. He came on in extra time of the 2000 UEFA Cup final and infamously missed with his penalty in the shootout loss to Galatasaray.

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Arsenal went five points clear at the top of the Premier League by beating nearest challengers Liverpool thanks to classy strikes from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger made one alteration from the XI that started the win at Crystal Palace. Tomas Rosicky replaced Mathieu Flamini. Mikel Arteta served his ban for the red card picked up in that game in midweek. Jack Wilshere missed out with an ankle problem.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was without right back Glen Johnson again due to illness, so academy product Jon Flanagan deptuized. Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho was back on the bench after six weeks out with a shoulder injury.

Czech captain Rosicky worked Simon Mignolet on five minutes after a one-two with Cazorla. Liverpool’s Belgian keeper tipped a shot across goal behind. Jordan Henderson then fluffed his lines as he caught Cazorla in possession and broke for the visitors.

Arsenal began to exert their slick passing on the Reds and were rewarded inside 20 minutes as they broke down the right. Bacary Sagna crossed for Cazorla, and, although his initial header crashed back off the upright, he clinically fired into the roof of the net.

Time and again the Gunners got joy from playing one-twos and Ramsey brought a low stop out of Mignolet. The pattern of play then settled down into breaks and counters from either side, though neither team had sufficient support to capitalize.

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Karim Benzema

Arsenal are poised to make yet another club-transfer-record-breaking bid for a Real Madrid player, with Karim Benzema being linked with a move to the Gunners, according to the Metro.

In the summer window, Arsene Wenger’s side shelled out 42.5 million for Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, and they are set to blow that out of the water by capturing former teammate Benzema, say reports.

According to the Metro, respected Fifa agent Francois Gallardo dropped a heavy hint that the striker could be on his way to Emirates Stadium for 43 million in January.

“A very important Premier League club is after Karim,” Gallardo is reported to have told Le Sport 10.

“This club wants the transfer to happen this winter, but if this is not possible, then next summer at the latest.

“The offer will be around 50 million [ 43 million].”

Though Gallardo stopped short of specifically mentioning the unknown suitor, Arsenal are known to be big admirers of Benzema, and tried to lure the Frenchman from the Bernabeu over the summer.

This renewed link with the attacker also comes a matter of days after Wenger promised to continue splashing the cash following the big money arrival of Ozil.

And, with forward Lukas Podolski ruled out until the New Year, a new striker is believed to be one of Wenger’s biggest priorities when the transfer window reopens in January.

Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League having gone unbeaten in the topflight since defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season on August 17.

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Date: Tuesday, October 22 Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick-Off: 19:45 BST

Arsenal can all-but confirm qualification for the Champions League knock-out stages with a win over Borussia Dortmund tonight.

Team News

Arsenal will be without defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini for Tuesday night’s visit of Dortmund, after the 29-year-old suffered concussion in the 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich.

Theo Walcott remains sidelined, as do Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee).

Dortmund continue to be without captain Sebastian Kehl as well as Lukasz Piszczek and Ilkay Gundogan.

However, Nuri Sahin, Sven Bender and Marco Reus have overcome knocks, and Marcel Schmelzer is also in contention after being rested at the weekend with a thigh problem.

(Eurosport)

Key Stats

Arsenal have won their last two home games against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League (4 goals scored, 1 conceded).

Dortmund have never kept a clean sheet in four Champions League games against Arsenal.

Dortmund’s only away win in England in the Champions League dates back to April 1997 against Manchester Utd (1-0). Since then, they have suffered three defeats and a draw.

Arsenal have only lost four of their last 47 home games in the Champions League (33 wins, 10 draws), but the last two defeats have both come against German sides (Schalke and Bayern Munich in 2012/13).

Likely Line-Ups

Arsenal
Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Arteta, Ramsey, Wilshere, zil, Cazorla, Giroud

Dortmund
Weidenfeller, Schmelzer, Hummels, Subotic, Grosskreutz, Bender, Sahin, Reus, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Lewandowski

Match Preview

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Arsenal play host to Borussia Dortmund tonight knowing a win over last season’s Champions League finalists will all-but assure them of qualification for the knock-out stages of the competition.

The Gunners have put together a terrific run of late, going unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day defeat against Aston Villa on August 17 – a run of seven matches.

They also made light work of Napoli in their last European outing, winning 2-0 against Rafa Benitez’s side, but arguably their first real challenge of the season comes here, tonight.

Dortmund, who were defeated finalists in last season’s competition, will serve as the metaphorical barometer as to how realistic Arsene Wenger’s side’s Champions League hopes really are.

With the second-highest goalscorer in the tournament last season, Robert Lewandowski in the side, as well as such talents as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nuri ahin and Marco Reus, the Londoners will know this is a stiff test.

However, Dortmund don’t travel well against English sides. You have to go back to 1997 to find their last win against a team from our shores – a 1-0 victory over Manchester United.

And, if that dismal record is extended tonight, Arsenal will be in the knock-out stages.

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Ciprian Marica

Arsenal look set to beat West Ham to the signing of Romanian striker Ciprian Marica, according to a report in the Express.

The 27-year-old is a free agent and has attracted the interest of both Premier League clubs, and also has suitors from the continent with Shakhtar Dontesk, Lazio and Inter Milan keen.

West Ham are in the market for a new striker having missed out on re-signing Carlton Cole over the summer after he failed to prove his fitness.

And manager Sam Allardyce could be set for further disappointment with the news that Arsenal are favourites to land Marica.

That’s according to the striker’s agent, Ioan Becali, who told Romanian publication Prosport.ro:

“Marica is a really great striker who has already got experience in western European football and so it’s natural that big clubs are eyeing his career.

“He’s close to joining Arsenal, but we have to wait for the next week.”

Though the transfer window slammed shut at 23:00 BST last Monday night, clubs can complete deals for free agents at any point in the season.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger came under heavy criticism in the summer for his lack of new signings and though he eventually landed Mesut Ozil, Arsenal have a striking crisis with Lukas Podolski out until Christmas.

Marica was released from his contract at Schalke and though he failed to impress during his time in the Bundesliga, he has netted 22 times in 63 international appearances for Romania.

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Mesut Ozil

Manchester United have sensationally joined the race to sign Real Madrid’s German international midfielder Mesut Ozil, according to Sky Sources.

Arsenal were widely reported earlier on transfer deadline day to have made a club record bid of around 42.5 million for Ozil, which had been accepted by the Spanish giants. The Gunners were said to be in advanced talks to sign Ozil following Gareth Bale’s world record move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid was completed last night.

The twist in the tale according to Sky Sports News is that David Moyes, who has been rebuffed in his attempts to sign an attacking midfielder replacement for the retired Paul Scholes after every corner (multiple bids made for Barca’s Cesc Fabregas and Everton’s Mathieu Flamini all turned down, Thiago himself looked close to join Old Trafford before being lured to Bayern Munich by his old boss Pep Guardiola and then most recently a bid for Ander Herrera rejected by Athletic Bilbao), has now turned his attention to a player Sir. Alex Ferguson was first interested in after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Sky Sports News claim Ozil’s representatives are now in talks with the Red Devils over a move to Manchester United, which must be completed before the 11pm transfer window shuts tonight.

After some impressive performances at that tournament, Ozil made the move from Werder Bremen to Real Madrid in the summer of 2010 and has now made over 155 appearances for the Bernabeu club. But with competition for places looking extremely strong following the signing of Bale and with World Cup places to fight for ahead of the tournament in Brazil next summer, Ozil must now consider his options after strong interest from the Premier League.

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