Arsene Wenger is closing in on £8million Germany defender Per Mertesacker and has completed a £6.2m deal for Brazil left-back Andre dos Santos — and there are reportedly more signings on the way.

At least Mertesacker is a Gooner. Back ion 2004 he said: “Since I was small I was an Arsenal fan. When I first went to England, I immediately got a couple of Arsenal jerseys.”

Hours after new striker Chu Young-Park has described his move as a ‘dream’ after completing his £3m switch from Monaco, rumours abound of new recruits at the Emirates as the witching hour approaches. The transfer window shuts at 11pm and it is set to be a busy day for AW as he tries desperately to lure players after the disastrous day at OT.
One claim is that Arsenal are preparing to break their transfer record with a £25m bid for French international Yann M’Vila, the 21-year-old Rennes holding midfielder. Apparently, a £22m bid has been rejected already.
And the Mirror suggests that AW made an enquiry to Everton yesterday to see whether they could prise either Mikel Arteta or Marouane Fellaini away from Goodison Park, knowing the Merseyside club are cash strapped.
It is also reported that AW has always had Eden Hazard at the top of his list and the Belgian forward has told Lille he wants to quit, but the French club want more than £30m.
Another claim is that we have made a £12m offer for winger Marvin Martin from Sochaux.
The Sun says AW would like Blackburn’s Christopher Samba alongside Mertesacker, though not at the £16m quoted. And Chelsea pair Alex and Florent Malouda are on the wanted list as well.

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