ARSENE WENGER was panicking last night as he tried to splash £45MILLION on new players.
The under-fire Arsenal chief, boasting an £80m transfer war chest, landed £9m Germany defender Per Mertesacker and £2m South Korea striker Chu-Young Park yesterday.
But a £22m bid for Rennes holding midfielder Yann M'Vila was snubbed and there was no movement on a £12m offer for winger Marvin Martin from Sochaux. Wenger, who has an astonishing list of 20 targets, also made a double enquiry for Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta.
He had already done a £6.2m deal to bring Brazilian left-back Andre Santos to the Emirates from Fenerbahce.
Wenger will be relieved to have secured 6ft 6in Mertesacker, 26.
The 75-cap centre-back from Werder Bremen had a medical last night and will sign a four-year contract worth £80,000 a week.
Wenger would like Blackburn's Christopher Samba alongside him, though not at the £16m quoted.
Chelsea pair Alex and Florent Malouda are on the wanted list as well.
But a creative midfielder to replace Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas is the priority, with Hamburg's £8m Dutch star Eljero Elia already lost to Juventus and Lille's Eden Hazard rated too costly at £37m.
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