Will Manchester United lure the talented Frenchman to Old Trafford?
Will Manchester United lure the talented Frenchman to Old Trafford? Reuters

Arsenal's six-year trophy drought is probably the most used denunciation in recent times. And it looks likely to continue as Arsene Wenger's team could lose two instrumental members of their starting eleven.

Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy, both having just a year remaining in their contracts after negotiations for contract extensions broke down, are likely to leave the club by the end of the transfer window.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Gunners' bitter-rivals Manchester United could lure Nasri into their midfield, thereby suitably replacing the retired Paul Scholes. The news should have sent a ripple through anyone within 10 miles of Arsene Wenger, as the Gunners boss won't be a happy man at losing one of his more creative players, and that too to United, who have reportedly offered £10m.

Clichy has been the subject of a £5m offer from Liverpool after Kop manager Kenny Dalglish decided on the Frenchman as the one to provide much-needed strengthening in the left-back slot. Newcastle's Jose Enrique was his other option.

With Clichy and Nasri reportedly ready to leave by the end of the transfer window, The Guardian reports that Wenger has set his sights on Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for a fee believed to be around the region of £12m as well as Lille's Gervinho for £10m and Bolton's Gary Cahill for £17m. In fact, the highly rated Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to be confirmed as a Gunner by 1 July.

The Daily Express goes on to report that, a vengeful Wenger will look to make his mark in the transfer window, after missing out on Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones, by signing the highly-rated Eden Hazard as well as Blackburn's Chris Samba and Southampton youngster Luke Shaw.

With Arsenal expected to especially active in this transfer window, The Daily Mail reports that Wenger is looking at Uzbekistan national team skipper Odil Ahmedov, who plays his club football for Pakhtakor Tashkent but is currently on-loan at Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

In fact, the president of Uzbekistan Football Federation, Mirabor Usmanov was elated when he said, 'Such a flattering offer from the English club was possible thanks to the successful performance of the Uzbekistan team at the 2011 Asian Cup, where the Uzbek team finished fourth,' said Usmanov.

So far, Arsenal have made only one signing - Charlton Atheltic's 19-year-old defender Carl Jenkinson.