Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Top Players Left on Gunners' Radar

Mary O'ConnorCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger instructs his team during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on May 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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With only one week remaining to snap up a new player, the pressure is on for Arsene Wenger to maximize the Gunners' potential for the season ahead.

Arsenal have lost Robin van Persie, one of their most esteemed attackers, to Manchester United for a substantial £24 million and it looks like they are about to say farewell to Alex Song, another player that could be sorely missed.

Song, who is known for his reckless behavior looks to be closing in on a £15 million deal with Barcelona according to ESPN, which leaves Arsenal high and dry in the defensive component of their game.

Santi Carzola, Arsenal’s new attacker, is supposedly urging Wenger to get back on the market before it closes to replace his losses.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, the Spaniard said: "Song has gone as well and there are still 10 days left in the market. Obviously it’s important to replace players like that because they were so important for the team."

But what players are left on Wenger’s radar before the transfer window closes?

It seems there is a possibility of Arsenal offloading Danish striker Bendtner and getting Phillipe Mexes, a defender from AC Milan in return.

The popular Gunners blog, JustArsenal has reports Bentner saying:

“It is not an option to stay at Arsenal, that is something neither I nor Arsenal desire. I am expecting that the club issue will be resolved before the transfer window is closed. There are serious negotiations going on.”

Another player who is a possibility for Wenger is Nuri Sahin of Real Madrid.

ESPN reported that Sahin is a a realistic prospect for Wenger and that The Gunners are closing in on the midfielder for a season long loan.

Sahin would help fill the gap for Song. Although Sahin made only 10 appearances for Real Madrid last season, he may have the ability to create chances for Arsenal—an area Song was respected for.

Another man who is a probability for Wenger is M’Villa of Rennes.

The vacant spot for a defensive midfielder has prompted talks of an ongoing search to fill Songs' shoes and M’Villa is a similarly robust player, who would be a like-for-like replacement for the Cameroonian.

Rennes manager, Pierre Dreossi, believes M'Villa's future will be decided in the coming weeks. reported Dreossi to have said: "For the moment, there are three offers. There is no agreement. We enter negotiations this week and hope to find a solution.

"I think that it will be done by the end of this week or the beginning of next."