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Rumor Roundup: More Germans and More Defensive Help "On The Way"


It's been three weeks since the transfer window closed and Arsenal fans started learning how to type an umlaut with a capital O -- but, according to the marginally-reliable British newspaper sites, there might be more moves in the works in 2014 -- or even sooner via the free-agent market. Some of the more intriguing possibilities include:

MORE GERMANS. According to the Express, there's a double swoop in the making for two names already drooled about by the Arsenal faithful -- Dortmund's Marco Reus (supposedly a January target) and Schalke's Julian Draxler (allegedly on his way next summer, if the £34M price tag and the interest from Juve doesn't get in the way). Clearly, these are enticing additions, and with Germans in the Arsenal squad and Joachim Löw in the Emirates stands this past weekend, expect more smoke over this possibility in the months to come.

EVEN MORE GERMANS. Sami Khedira was Özil's teammate at Real Madrid, and was sad to see him go. Real has a crowded midfield. They're still teammates for arguably the world's best national team. Ergo, Metro posits the idea that Khedira could go to Arsenal to join his old club teammate (and BFG and Podolski).

MORE DEFENSE. When Fabian Schar's not helping to freak Chelsea out about its Champions League prospects, the Swiss international and FC Basel center-back is allegedly angling toward a move to Arsenal. As the article notes, he scores quite a bit for a center-back. As the article also notes, Juve's interested as well, because of course they are.

EVEN MORE DEFENSE. According to multiple sites, Arsenal was in for Atletico Madrid right-back and Spanish international Juanfran this summer, but he turned the Gunners down because, "For me, as everyone knows, there is no better club than Atletico." But the almost-never-reliable International Business Times says that Juanfran could be possible still, along with rumored Liverpool target Kyriakos Papadopoulos from Schalke. And Metro's Jamie Sanderson (who has incredible, El-Shaarawy-esque hair) speculates that Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya might come over in January, as he's in the last year of his contract and can't beat out Dani Alves for a starting spot.

BUT NO STRIKERS. The same IBT article quotes Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, saying that rumored Arsenal target Ciprian Marica, the Romanian international and free agent striker, is no longer being pursued by the Gunners -- instead, it could be Spurs or West Ham ending up coming to Marica. (Couldn't resist.) Reports have Marica close to signing with one of three English teams, and if the hints of Bendtner = LANS manifest on Wednesday's match against West Brom, that might confirm that Arsenal won't roll the dice on an out-of-contract player (assuming there's not news of a signing before Wednesday).

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