After ending the club’s protracted trophy drought and signing a new contract, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been handed a huge transfer kitty to strengthen the Gunners for a renewed assault on the Premier League title next season. According to reports, the transfer warchest handed to Wenger is in the region of 100million Pounds. That is huge and unprecedented in the history of the club. Arsenal are almost free from the stadium debt, ended the trophy drought and that means Wenger has no reason not to spend and rub shoulders with top clubs for the best available talents.
We might not have won the league last season but the team last season was a vast improvement from the one in the penultimate season. Last season, we finished just 7 points adrift of champions Manchester City while two seasons ago, Arsenal were 20 points short of then champions Manchester United. But in a bid to bridge the gap between us that finished in 4th and City that won the title, Arsene Wenger has to strengthen some key areas. The areas that would readily come to mind is attack, defensive midfield, defence and the goalkeeping department.
In attack, Wenger would have to add more firepower to the Gunners striking department. This means he needs to sign a striker. So many names have been linked with a move to Arsenal but instead of chasing some of those targets in a race which could be akin to chasing shadows, Arsenal should go for realistic target and thanks to the restructuring going on at Nou Camp, Wenger could get Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez for a decent fee. A fee of 25million Pounds could land the versatile attacker who can play on the wings and through the centre.
Also to strengthen the attack, Arsenal should also consider a move for Dortmund’s Marco Reus. Just like Sanchez, Reus is also a very versatile player. He might be a midfielder but his eye for goal is very impressive. His Dortmund’s buyout clause stands at 35million Euros, hopefully Puma that sponsors him should be able to augment whatever amount Wenger is ready splash out on him. Sanchez, Reus and returning Campbell would go a long way in strengthening Arsenal’s attack.
Over to the midfield where Arsenal would be looking to strengthen the defensive midfield area. The Gunners have been linked with a move for Leverkusen’s Lars Bender and Southampton’s Morgan Schnerderlin. An offer of 20million Pounds should land either men and should Wenger prefer a more experienced beast, he should go for Nigel De Jong who could be available for a fee in the region of 5million Pounds. Gustavo has also been linked in recent days and he might just be ours for a fee of 25million Pounds which I believe the Brazilian is worth every penny of. Here, I will want us to sign Gustavo or Bender.
In the defence and goalkeeping departments, Wenger would first have to replace the duo of Sagna and Fabianski that have left the Emirates on a bossman free transfer. For the right back position, Wenger has been linked with a move for Toulouse’s Ivorian right back Serge Aurier. I believe the Ivorian is the man to replace Sagna. He is strong in the right back position and just like the person he might be replacing, he is versatile as he can play central defence and also as a left back. Aurier would cost Arsenal a fee in the region of 8-10 million Pounds but should Wenger decide to go for a more experienced right back which is what Everton’s Coleman is, then Arsenal might have to fork out 20million Pounds.
For the goalkeeping department, Wenger should target free agents or opt for good goalkeepers that won’t cost an arm and leg in transfer fee and wages. There are quite a number in the World Cup; Mexico’s Ochoa and Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama are just few of the good ones. Wenger has also been linked with a move for Liverpool’s reject Pepe Reina with the Spaniard not expected to cost more than 5million Pounds.
Now, let’s do a little mathematics.
Sanchez -25million Pounds
Reus – 35million Pounds
Gustavo – 25million Pounds
Aurier – 8million Pounds
Goalkeeper – 5million Pounds
Total – 98million Pounds