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Dann, Hazard & Mata: Adequate Replacements?

Dann, Hazard & Mata: Adequate Replacements?

With speculation mounting that we`re about to lose two of our most creative players in Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, rumours are also strong that Wenger is set to go on the biggest spending spree in his 15 year reign.

Despite all the criticism of Wenger, I think even he knows that failure to "spend some f***ing money" will result in a poisonous atmosphere (Or should I say 'even more poisonous`) at the Grove.

The most common of opinions is that both Cesc and Samir will leave the club by the end of the week for a combined fee of around £55Million, couple that with our current £30Million transfer kitty then we have a mammoth £80+Million to spend on replacements. Kinda exciting huh?

What I`d like to know is what would represent a good summer for the Vital Arsenal members? We`ve already made three decent signings in Gervino, Carl Jenkinson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and now there`s plenty of stories linking us heavily with Scott Dann, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata.

My opinion would be that that would be one hell of a statement of intent, and could possibly still leave us with money left to spare.

What players would you like to see realistically brought in? £80Million to spend … that`s fantasy stuff for Arsenal fans, let`s have some fun with it while we wait out these last two days for the proper stuff to begin.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Thursday August 11 2011
Time: 11:34AM


Assuming that both Cesc and Nasri leave, would love to see Alan Dzagoev OR Juan Mata be purchased followed by Marouane Fellaini to challenge Song and add depth to our DM. Brede Hangeland would be my favourite candidate at CB. Dzagoev is an excellent player and has only a year left on his CSKA contract. He will need to bulk up for the premier league but skill wise, he has nothing to learn. Fellaini would be very difficult to prise from Everton but is worth the trouble as he ticks all the attributes one looks for a holding player besides being remakably good going forward and on set pieces. Hangeland was part of the 5th best defence in the country last year at Fulham and is good in the air as well as on the ground. A total of 45-50 million pounds outlay would be required for the three positions. So much for fantasy football! In reality one expects two players - Dann and Mata.
11/08/2011 11:52:00
Honestly the three that you mentioned would make me very happy and if we signed say someone like Sakho, who correct me if I'm wrong can play CB and DM, then I think we'll go into the season much stronger than last having lost two players, who while being two of our more creative sources, just don't want to be here anymore.
11/08/2011 11:53:00
Good opportunity to change formation too
11/08/2011 11:55:00
Alex + cash for Nasri,anyone?
11/08/2011 11:56:00
Remember we are also very close to confirming the signing of Cambell. There are numerous reports that we are close to signing Dann. He looks decent enough. Mata for me is a given. I'd bet though we don't stand a chance signing Hazard. What I would like to see over and above Dann and Mata is Benzema.
11/08/2011 12:07:00
Ok, Alex and £25M and you've got yourself a deal.
11/08/2011 12:07:00
Trennon, Campbell would require a work permit to play this season which seems unlikely. We have already had one exceptional talent work permit granted to us this season and given Campbell hasn't played 75% of Costa Rica's games in the last year, he would need one as well.
11/08/2011 12:21:00
I would be over the moon if we signed those three. Not sure if Hazard would come though. Marvin Martin would be a good shout.
11/08/2011 12:25:00
With that kind of money to spend, why not Wesley Snjeider? We could get him for the same money we got for Cesc, and I think within our current lightweight squad he'd be an improvement over Cesc. Plus it would be nice to get one over on Man United. Plus any two of the defenders we've been linked with, and a first rate defensive mid- Song should be our DM/CB back-up, not first choice.
11/08/2011 12:34:00
I was thinking about Snjeider the other day too. That would be pretty awesome.
11/08/2011 12:36:00
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