Manchester City have moved into pole position in the race to sign Arsenal duo Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy.
The Citizens are increasingly confident of pinching left-back Clichy from under the noses of Liverpool and have also targeted Nasri, who is stalling on the signing of a new contract.
With Arsenal also in negotiations with Barcelona over the potential sale of captain Cesc Fabregas, manager Arsene Wenger faces the prospect of losing three of his first-team players in a short space of time.
But with there still being six weeks to go before the start of the season, Wenger has plenty of opportunity to revamp his squad and ensure he has a group of players capable of challenging for the Premier League title.
Indeed, former Arsenal star Lee Dixon has suggested the Gunners would be best served by getting rid of players who are not committed to the club.
“If you don’t want to wear the cannon then please leave with dignity and @@@@ off,” he wrote on Twitter.
Arsenal are 13/2 fourth-favourites to win the 2011-12 Premier League title, which would be their first since the invincible season of 2003-04.
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Work is already underway to bring players in, with the arrival of Gervinho from Lille ready to be announced and deals for Gary Cahill and Ricardo Alvarez at an advanced stage.
Should Wenger continue to reinvest what he recoups then Arsenal could yet surprise Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City and end their six-year trophy drought this season.
The Gunners’ Premier League campaign will get underway on 13th August with an away trip to Newcastle.
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