Arsenal latest: Wenger eyes Juventus defender as Vermaelen replacement

Szczesny

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Arsenal won their second trophy of the year with the 3-0 win over Manchester City in the Community Shield game at Wembley yesterdays, as goals from Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud won the game for the Gunners. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was encouraged by the display on Sunday, and believes that the club have strengthened this summer after the arrivals of the likes of Mathieu Debuchy and Alexis Sanchez.

"Looking at it on paper I think it is the strongest side we have had," Szczesny said. "Except for obviously Thomas [Vermaelen, who signed for Barcelona] we have not lost any key players. Even if someone did leave on a free contract [now-Manchester City right back Bacary Sagna], we managed to replace them with good players. So we are looking stronger and stronger and we are very happy with that."

With the start of the season on the horizon, fans will be hoping to see the Gunners mount a title challenge after two trophies in three months. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey starred last season, and now believes that the club are well placed to go and win the Premier League after a positive summer.

"I definitely think we can win the league - we were top of the table for the most amount of time last season," Ramsey said. "The only thing we need to improve is our away record against the so-called bigger teams: if we had managed to nick the odd point or win in those games it would have been a lot closer last season, and maybe even we would have won. So that's something we can really focus on to work hard to improve.

One player hoping to make an impact is forward Joel Campbell. The 22-year-old impressed for Costa Rica at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, and should now be an important part of the Arsenal first team with Arsene Wenger's side still lacking another for striker. Midfielder Mikel Arteta says that Campbell has caught his attention in pre-season, as well as hinting that Campbell will stay at the Emirates Stadium despite interest from AC Milan.

"I’m very impressed with Joel [Campbell]," he said. "He’s got great feet, great technique, he’s very creative and he’s a young lad who is full of energy and is enthusiastic. He wants to stay here, he wants to make his stamp here and I think the boss is going to give him a chance."

Meanwhile, Wenger will be looking to sign a new centre back after the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona this weekend, and whilst there are reports of negotiations for Greek international Kostas Manolas from Olympiacos, speculation in Italy suggest that Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is on the radar. The 27-year-old is behind Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli in the pecking order in Turin, and could leave this summer, with the Gunners watching.

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