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Thursday 14 December 2017

Five possible targets for Arsenal with a £100m transfer budget

Javi Martinez has been lined with a move to the Emirates Stadium
Javi Martinez has been lined with a move to the Emirates Stadium

With a reported £100m war chest to spend once a new contract is ironed out, here are five players Arsene Wenger may wish to bring to the Emirates.

The purchase of Mesut Ozil broke new ground for Arsenal, the first major outlay on a top player since they moved into their new stadium.

Supporters will hope that this trend continues this summer as the club looks to build on the FA Cup success and challenge both domestically and in Europe.

Here are five players who may be on Arsene Wenger’s shopping list.

Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich)

A defensive midfielder or centre back, is just the type of player would bring a bit of steel to the middle of the park, not to mention guile.

The 25 year-old has 15 caps for Spain and is highly rated in his homeland, though Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has used Martínez sparingly this season.

Martinez often found himself on the bench when Guardiola had a full pool of players to choose from and a move to Arsenal might be of interest to the former Athletic Bilbao man.

Mario Mandžukić (Bayern Munich)

Another Bayern target, another distinct possibility. A striker is required badly and while Karim Benzema has been repeatedly linked, he may be reluctant to move from the Bernabeu, particularly if Real Madrid are crowned European champions.

Wilfried Bony has been touted but Mandžukić is more proven at they highest level.

Mario Mandzukic

A star performer for Croatia (he has scored 13 times in 48 appearances), the former VfL Wolfsburg striker has failed to wholly convince Pep Guardiola of his undoubted talents. Wenger spies a player he could revitalise.

Serge Aurier (Toulouse)

Right-back will be a problem area if Bacary Sagna as expected leaves Arsenal, with Manchester City the most likely destination.

Wenger has said nothing is finalised, but is looking at his options, with Toulouse full-back Aurier being monitored.

Serge Aurier

The Ivory Coast international signed for Toulouse from Lens in 2012 and was named in the Ligue One team of the year.

Other clubs have been monitoring and it is though the Gunners would hope to tie up a £7m deal before his participation in the World Cup.

Julian Draxler (Schalke 04)

Draxler is an attacking midfielder who has been on Wenger's radar for some time. The talented 20-year-old has 11 caps for Germany and is on the shopping lists for a number of European sides.

Julian Draxler of Schalke controls the ball

An area where Arsenal are not exactly short of options, he would ad serious strength in-depth if a fee can be agreed.

Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen)

Another Bundesliga target who has been attracting Arsenal attention for some time. The German international has scored four goals in his 17 appearances for his country, has been a long-term Arsenal target. The 25 year-old midfielder's twin brother, Sven, plays for Borussia Dortmund.

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