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As Arsene Wenger returns to work, can we expect a signing soon?

France's exit from Euro 2008 helps Arsenal in three ways: First, it gives William Gallas the chance to have a holiday from football; second, it means that transfer target Samir Nasri can now concentrate on agreeing a deal with the Gunners; and third, it will end Arsene Wenger's punditry with French TV, allowing him to get back to his day job of signing some new talent to strengthen Arsenal's squad.

I'd hope to hear some positive news from Le Gaffer within the next few days, especially on the Nasri front, but as for other future Gunners, I reckon we'll have to remain patient.

Wenger said the other day that he wasn't looking for a defender, but I'm hoping he's playing mind games on that one, as central defence was definitely our weak spot last season and the performances of William Gallas and Philippe Senderos in the past few days hasn't exactly filled me with confidence.

Unlike other websites, I'm not usually one to jump on the merrygoround of transfer rumours because, quite frankly, it's all a load of bollocks until Arsenal confirm anything. Illustrating that point quite nicely are our friends at She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, who have tracked no fewer than 83 players who have now been linked with joining Arsenal...

Wenger himself said that he had received calls from the agents of more than 200 players who would like to come to the club, but while I can't show you Le Prof's list, below is She Wore's log of who we've been linked with.

Personally, I reckon Arsene will sign another two players before the start of the season and my hope would be that those players were Samir Nasri and either Karim Benzema or David Villa.

However, if Alexander Hleb were to leave Arsenal, then Wenger's transfer activity could increase with a swap deal for Yaya Toure plus cash being the ideal scenario. But who do you lot want to see at Emirates Stadium in August? Here's She Wore's A to Z list to help you make up your minds.

A. Albiol, Alcantara, Aquilani
B. Ben Arfa, Barry, Balotelli, Boruc
C. Camacho, Coquelin, Chantome, Caceres
D. Dunne, Drenthe, Dabo, Diego, Delgado, De la Red, Derdiyok
E. Eto'o, Edu
F. Frey, Frings
G. Gattuso, Gomez, Gudjohnsen, (Mario) Gomez, Guiza, Gervinho, Ghilas, Guzan, Gouffran, Given, Gomis
H. Huntelaar, Henry, Hart, Hibbett, Hennessey
I. Inter
J . Johnson, Jaaskelainen, Jibril
K. Kompany, Kranjcar, Keita, Kirkland
M. Martins, Marchena, Makoun, Maxwell, (Mark) Milligan, Moutinho, Matuidi, Mertesacker
N. Nasri, N'Lundulu, Neves
O. Obertan
P. Puyol, Pele, Pjanic, Perrin, Podolski
Q. Quaresma
R. Ramos, Richards, Robinho, Ribery
S. Stilic, Santa Cruz, Saha, Spear, Silva
T. Toure (Yaya), Thuram, Trochowski, Turan
V. Villa, Veloso
W. Wright-Phillips
Y. Yebda
Z. Zarate, Zapate

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Posted by Gordon Masson on June 18, 2008 9:32 AM in Transfers
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