Arsenal have already made efforts to bolster their squad for next season, and there appears to more potential additions on the horizon, with the striker position receiving the most attention.
Sky Sports reported that Alessandro Del Piero may be moving to Emirates. The long-time Juventus forward would mainly take the role of Robin van Persie's reserve, and due to the 37-year-old extensive experience in European competitions, would likely play in Champions League matches should the Gunners finish in the top four of the Premier League.
Arsenal are currently in fourth place, but are just one point behind local rival Tottenham.
While Arsenal may have their eye on Del Piero, Juventus apparently have their eye on van Persie. According to Metro, Juventus is looking to drop £30 million for either van Persie or Liverpool's Luis Suarez.
It might be a major stretch to believe that van Persie would leave London to play in Serie A, and that Arsenal would let perhaps the best goal-scorer in the world leave for just £30 million.
The Sunday Times reported that van Persie had accepted proposed wages of £210,000 a week with Manchester City, despite an agreed upon transfer fee. Such a contract would make the Dutch star the highest paid player in the Premier League once City finally send Carlos Tevez packing.
Such a move by Arsenal doesn't seem feasible. A year after losing Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, and then Samir Nasri to Manchester City, the Gunners would send City another star player? Unless City offered an incredible bid, Arsenal supporters would be outraged at the prospect of losing van Persie to the same club that took Nasri, and which will almost certainly challenge for the title next season.
Van Persie probably won't be leaving the Gunners, and Del Piero won't be playing for Arsenal. Van Persie, who had also been linked to Barcelona and Real Madrid, has become an almost irreplaceable figure at Emirates, and the club would probably choose to avoid having the reputation of star players bolting while they're still very effective. Del Piero, who has expressed his admiration for Los Angeles, seems likely to finish his career with the Galaxy, or perhaps the New York Red Bulls.
I do not see van Persie leaving Arsenal, said teammate Mikel Arteta to COM Radio in late February. He is completely unaffected by interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona and not thinking about his contract renewal either.
All indications pointed to Lukas Podolski making his way to the Gunners, but apparently that may not happen. The 26-year-old Koln striker was reportedly headed to Emirates in a £10.9 million move, and was thought to be an insurance policy against van Persie leaving, or as a key option off the bench.
But Podolski has recently stated that there is nothing firmly in place.
Contrary to reports from the past few days, nothing has been decided yet, Podolski told German Sky Sports. If there is something to report, then I'll do it.
If the deal for Podolski falls through, the Gunners have alternatives. Metro reported that Arsene Wenger has an interest in bidding on Andrei Yarmolenko. The 22-year-old Ukranian striker has been a star for Dinamo Kiev, and has featured for the Ukranian team. Yarmolenko, who is rated at about £10 million, can also play left wing, which could be a great benefit to Wenger with Andrei Arshavin's future with Arsenal in doubt.
Both the Sun and Metro have linked Arsenal to West Brom's Peter Odemwingie. The 30-year-old has nine goals in 23 games for the Baggies.