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5 Players Arsenal Should Be Scouting at the 2014 World Cup

James McNicholasFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2014

5 Players Arsenal Should Be Scouting at the 2014 World Cup

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    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will spend the World Cup commentating for French television. It means he's in a prime spot to scout talent for the Gunners.

    Arsenal seem set for a busy summer, and Wenger's reputed eye for talent could allow him to steal a march on his rivals. Arsenal urgently need a goalkeeper, a right-back and a striker.

    In this piece, we highlight five players Wenger should be sure to cast his eye over during the tournament.

Alexis Sanchez

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    Arsenal's attack lacks two things: clinical finishing and speed. On the evidence of last season, Alexis Sanchez could provide the Gunners with both.

    Sanchez has the versatility to play as a lone striker, as well as a winger. He could supplement Olivier Giroud, rather than merely replace him.

    According to The Daily Star, Arsenal trail Juventus in the race for the player. However, if Wenger is suitably impressed in Brazil, he could go all out to land the sprightly Chilean. 

Serge Aurier

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    With Bacary Sagna having announced his intention to leave Arsenal at the end of his present deal, Arsene Wenger will be keen to recruit a new right-back as soon as possible.

    Serge Aurier is one of the favourites to assume the role. The Ivorian right-back has been extensively linked with a switch to London, and he admitted to Sky Sports he is excited by the prospect:

    I have never prioritised a club in England as even the promoted clubs are respectable, so I would take the opportunity for the one that will show the most interest in me, that will give me the most game time.

    After that, you can't really say no to Arsenal.

    It is a club with history, with a French manager, who has welcomed many France players. Plus, Arsenal are always thereabouts when it comes to trophies and a club that plays in the Champions League.

    Arsene Wenger and his team of scouts will be keeping a close watch on Aurier. However, they won't be alone in that. Wenger may have to move fast to ensure he snaps up the speedy defender. 

David Ospina

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    David Ospina could be in line to replace Lukasz Fabianski as Wojciech Szczesny's deputy.

    Alan Nixon of The Mirror suggests the 25-year-old Colombian international is one of several names on Arsene Wenger's shortlist of potential goalkeeper signings.

    If Ospina displays his customary shot-stopping excellence in Brazil, he could find himself rewarded with a move to London. 

Antoine Griezmann

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    The injury to Franck Ribery seems set to afford more playing time to Real Sociedad winger Antoine Griezmann.

    According to The Metro, the Gunners have already made an opening £18 million bid for Arsene Wenger's fellow Frenchman. If Griezmann carries his 2013/14 form into the tournament, that price could yet rise.

Joel Campbell

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    Joel Campbell is actually already an Arsenal player. However, he is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Gunners.

    Costa Rican Campbell has spent each of the last three seasons out on loan. However, the World Cup will allow him to have an opportunity to shine on the global stage. If he performs well, he could force himself into consideration for Arsene Wenger's 2014/15 squad. 

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