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Can Arsenal's new hopefuls make it a season to remember for Gunners fans?‏

As the ongoing saga of Robin van Persie’s exit from Arsenal rolls on into August, the Gunners have pressed on with summer signings.

Arsene Wenger has wasted no time in securing the signatures of strikers Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to bulk up their attacking options but their latest two hopefuls, Santi Cazorla and Nuri Sahin (pictured) will also excite Arsenal fans.

The Gunners are keen to sign Cazorla from Malaga for a reported £16m. He is an ambidextrous winger who can play on either flank or centrally and was part of the Spanish squad that won Euro 2012.

Cazorla stands at just 5ft 6in, another of those small skilful midfielders that Wenger has favoured in recent years.

Aside from the relatively inexperienced Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal have arguably been lacking a forward thinking player with the ability to play both with pace or in a short patient style.

Cazorla can play in either of these gears and Wenger will be hoping his quality will allow Arsenal to challenge for top honours in the Premier League, whilst playing attractive football.

Bittersweet signing

However, the signing could be bittersweet for Arsenal fans. As with any new signing, if he is to fit into the starting line-up, someone must lose out.

Wenger rarely plays two central strikers, so Podolski will likely be first choice on the left wing.

This means that if Cazorla is to fit in on the right wing, Theo Walcott may struggle for regular football, or if Wenger opts to play Cazorla in a more central role, Gervinho may miss out.

The directness of both Gervinho and Walcott provided goals for Arsenal last season but the introduction of Cazorla is likely to fit in best with their intricate possession based football.

Malaga’s debt problems also may prove a stumbling block and the club could be sold at any time but if the Gunners get their man, they will have an adaptable forward thinking player who will add an extra dimension to the team’s creativity.

The introduction of Nuri Sahin on a season long loan will be good news for Gunners fans, after the disappointing news that central midfielder Jack Wilshere is likely to be out of action until the end of October.

Wilshere missed the whole of last season through injury and Arsenal missed his vision and creativity. Sahin, a similar type of player, would provide Arsenal with an extra ounce of midfield consistency.

Competition for playmaker

Sahin would provide competition to Mikel Arteta as a central playmaker, linking up with Alex Song and moving the ball to attack minded players.

However, Sahin can also close down and could work with Song to break up opposition play, which may mean that Arteta might struggle to keep his place, especially against teams with a strong attack.

However, the German born Turkish international played just four competitive matches during his time at the Bernabeu.

With a season of little football, Sahin may find it difficult to move into one of the most physically challenging leagues in the world and may struggle to find his feet in the Premier League, before Wilshere’s return towards the end of the year.

If both sign, Cazorla and Sahin would indicate that Arsene Wenger is ready to mount a serious challenge to the two Manchester clubs.

Cazorla will add depth to Arsenal's front line, linking midfield with attack and will bound to add a touch of flare too.

Sahin will provide consistency and midfield vision which is vital to Arsenal’s play and with Giroud and Podolski having also joined, it appears that this season could be exciting for the club, whether Van Persie stays or not.

By Joel Durkin

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