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Thursday, July 1, 2010

European attackers eyeing up North London

It is expected among many fans that a number of new faces could arrive at Arsenal this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to build a team that can win the Premier League title next season.

The Gunners pushed Chelsea and Manchester United close last season but ended up finishing third, and the absence of star striker Robin van Persie for a large period was a contributing factor.

In his absence, Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo failed to impress, with at times even small Russian winger Andriy Arshavin being forced to play as a lone forward - which really did not work against bigger teams.

So Wenger could be on the lookout for striking reinforcements this summer and it is interesting to hear that two possible targets have both expressed a desire to come and play for the Gunners.

The French manager has already tied up a deal for Marouane Chamakh, but Nice striker Loic Remy would rather join him at the Emirates rather than take his place at Bordeaux. Neither player was called up to help France justify their World Cup 2010 odds, but this could be a plus point.

Remy told French newspaper L'Equipe that he loves the "atmosphere and stadiums" of the English Premier League and has Arsenal as his preferred destination.

Meanwhile over in Italy, 19-year-old Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli has said he would be interested in a move to Arsenal, who are known to be long time admirers along with Manchester City.

The Italian Under-21 striker said: "I don't know if I will stay at Inter, we will see.

"I am happy that I am liked by Arsenal, because they are also a great team."

Whether either, both or neither of these strikers end up at Arsenal next season it looks obvious that Wenger is looking for quality to reinforce his side's Premier League title bid next season.

As it seems the manager has plugged one problem position in signing Laurent Koscielny from Lorient to partner Thomas Vermaelen in the centre of defence, so it remains to be seen whether up front could be the next area to be given his full attention.

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