Premier League - More new faces set for Arsenal

Wed, 31 Aug 09:12:00 2011

Arsenal are being linked with further signings on transfer deadline day after swooping for defensive duo Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos, while striker Nicklas Bendtner has been linked with a move away from the London club.

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The Gunners are expected to formalise the acquisitions of Germany centre-back Mertesacker and Brazil left-back Santos on Wednesday after both flew into London to undergo medicals. The pair's arrival cannot come quickly enough for an Arsenal side who have endured one of their most miserable starts to a season in recent memory.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been urged by disgruntled fans to splash the cash to get them out of trouble and there is no shortage of money to spend, even after the reported £8 million and £6.2m fees for Mertesacker and Santos are paid to Werder Bremen and Fenerbahce, respectively.

The club has also had long-standing interest in Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila and Sochaux playmaker Marvin Martin. However, both players are at Clairefontaine with the France squad, and it is thought that neither of their respective clubs are willing to sell so late in the window.

Bendtner has been linked with a move away from Arsenal for much of the summer, with German duo Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and Premier League side Newcastle United all reportedly interested.

However, it seems that Stoke City is now the Dane's most likely destination, with the 23-year-old's father and agent being spotted at the Potters' training ground on Wednesday morning.

Wenger on Tuesday completed the signing of South Korea captain Park Chu-young, who penned what is thought to be a two-year contract.

Park, who snubbed a move to Lille at the 11th hour after deciding to leave Monaco, will leave the Gunners - possibly temporarily - in 2013 to undertake military service in his homeland.

But he told Arsenal's official website: "I don't feel rushed. I just feel really proud to have two-and-a-half years at Arsenal.

"They are the last team I will be with before I go back to Korea. I will do my best to show what I can do in the next two-and-a-half years."

The 26-year-old added: "I'm very honoured and I feel very happy to be at Arsenal. They are a team that I dreamed about when I was young. I got a phone call from my club and they told me that Arsenal were interested in signing me.

"At first, I didn't believe it and I needed to check that it really was Arsenal."

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