Arsenal Transfers: Why These 3 Signings Could Alter the Gunners' Destiny

John McGonigal@@jmcgonigal9Correspondent IIAugust 6, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 15:  Lukas Podolski of Germany attends a press conference ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 Group B match against Denmark, at the Germany press centre on June 15, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
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While Arsenal supporters have been refreshing their Internet browsers for updates on Robin van Persie’s status, Arsene Wenger has been on the transfer trail picking up key men along the way—Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and, almost certainly, Santi Cazorla.

Podolski, a 27-year-old German striker, spent most of his senior career in Köln (Cologne) but was always speculated as a EPL target. It finally came to fruition.

The nimble-footed goal scorer will fit in perfectly with the Gunners plans, as he can play striker if RVP leaves, but also winger and attacking midfielder if need be.

Podolski is not only consistent with putting the ball in the back of the net, but his big stage experience and incredible pace make him a unique player for the Gunners' future.

In terms of the French attacker Olivier Giroud, the former Montpellier man will make a fine addition to the Arsenal lineup, even if he doesn’t become a starting star right away.

After coming from a situation in Ligue 1 where he was the go-to guy, Giroud can come into Emirates Stadium and not feel the massive pressure of needing to produce.

However, that’s not saying Giroud can’t make an impact, as he’s proven that he is a versatile player that will be crucial for the Gunners heading forward.

The third signing of the offseason hasn’t become official yet, but it’s all but certain that Spanish rising star Santi Cazorla will be heading to Arsenal.


According to John Cross of Mirror Football, it’s just a matter of time before Arsenal announces the signing as the former Malaga midfielder agreed to a four-year deal with the Gunners.

While he may not have the biggest name of all the EPL signings, Cazorla has the undeniable skills needed to make an offensive splash with Arsenal.

Whether he’s starting or coming off the bench, the 27-year-old is a guy who can make plays for himself but also make everyone around him perform at a higher level.

Once he gets himself acclimated to his teammates and coaches, Cazorla should be extremely dangerous and improve Arsenal’s chances in 2012-13.