Arsenal Transfer News: Matri, Wanyama, Gameiro And Begovic Discussed In Latest Speculation

 @JasonLeMiere
on March 08 2013 11:34 AM
Alessandro Matri
Alessandro Matri scored against Celtic in the Champions League this week. Reuters

It promises to be a busy summer at Arsenal with manager Arsene Wenger believed to be looking to strengthen in a range of positions. One the main priorities is thought to be a striker. David Villa was pursued in the January transfer window, but is has since been claimed that Wenger will pursue younger targets.

According to TalkSport, one of the names on the agenda is Paris Saint-Germain front man Kevin Gameiro. The France international has found his first-team opportunities limited this season following the arrival at the big-spending Ligue 1 side of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ezequiel Lavezzi.

French publication Le Parisien has reported that the 25-year-old will be allowed to leave the club this summer. Gameiro has started just four league games this season and, even with Ibrahimovic suspended for the midweek Champions League clash with Valencia, Gameiro could still not secure a starting berth.

It has also been suggested by TalkSport that Arsenal are interested in Juventus front man Alessandro Matri. The Italy international is in a good run of form, but, like Gameiro, has not been a regular this campaign, starting just seven matches in Serie A.

The 28-year-old has said that he wants to stay at the Italian champions, but that desire could change if he no longer feels a valued member of the squad.

“When I've been called into action I've been ready and the side hasn't missed who I have replaced,” he told Tuttosport. “If I am made to feel like an important player then I would prefer to stay at Juventus, rather than join another club who could perhaps offer me more playing time.“If the time comes where you start to lose faith then it is better to change clubs. Yet that moment hasn't arrived yet. If it does then it will be me who asks to leave."

Another of Arsene Wenger’s targets in the transfer market this summer is believed to be a more physically imposing central midfielder. Celtic’s Victor Wanyama would certainly fit that bill and has refused to rule out a summer move. It has been reported that Arsenal have scouted the 21-year-old on several occasions over the past year.

After joining Celtic from Belgian side Beerschot in 2011 for just £900,000, Wanyama’s reputation has soared this season following his performances in the Champions League. With the Scottish champions exiting the competition this week, there has been much talk about how much longer the club can keep hold of its better players, including Wanyama.

The Kenya international was non-committal when asked about that possibility.

“I always believed we could get this far in the Champions League, even though many other people did not,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. “We have become a better team the longer it has gone and we can be better again next season.

“What I don’t know is whether we will all be together next season. I hope so, but no one knows yet. I believe if we stay together, we can get better. We just have to wait and see.”

According to some reports, also on the agenda for Wenger will be a more experienced goalkeeper to allow Wojciech Szczesny to be taken out of the firing line.

Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic has been strongly linked to both Arsenal and Manchester United, speculation that only increased when his club secured the signing of England stopper Jack Butland in January.

Begovic, 25, claims to not be thinking about a move.

"I must confess it is nice to hear these things,” he said, according to Sky Sports. “It is always nice to hear what others are saying, it means that you are doing a good job.

"But I have no time to think about this. My only concern is Stoke City as I want to be as good as I can be for my club, and for my national team.

"So quite simply, I really don't have any time to think about a move or anything else."

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