Is three signings enough to make Arsenal champions?
Arsenal’s squad is clearly in need of an overhaul and fans may be disappointed to hear Arsene Wenger declare there will be no more than three signings this summer. The Gunners finished fifth in the table, well behind champions Chelsea, and were humiliated in the Champions League by Bayern Munich. The FA Cup win is just papering over cracks, and Arsenal clearly need to invest in quality. Three players does not sound enough to make them competitive again at home and abroad, particularly when their rivals are all set to spend big this summer.
Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea are all tipped to spend astronomical sums on some of the world’s best players next summer, which will make the Premiership more competitive than ever. Gooners may have been cheered then to learn that Arsenal’s war chest stands at anywhere between £100 million and £165 million, varying according to different reports. They could raise further cash from selling unwanted squad players like David Ospina, Kieran Gibbs and Joel Campbell, as well as some first teamers like Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott. That would allow Arsenal to splash out around £200 million, and that is the sort of investment they need to challenge for the title.
But then Wenger, fresh from signing a new deal, came out and said: “We will sign between a maximum of two and three. “We cannot spend as much as many other clubs because some clubs have external resources that allow them to be basically unlimited. We can spend money because we have managed the club well. Let’s not forget the amount of money spent is not a guarantee of success. “We have to be clear what we understand as a big signing. Is Holding a big signing for you or not? When you buy a player for £40million, everybody will have at the start a positive judgement. When you buy him for £2million, he can’t be good? That means a big signing is not necessarily linked with the amount of money spent."
He has a point about Holding. The youngster acquitted himself well towards the end of the season and put in a strong performance in the cup final, but it is far too early in his career to call it a successful signing. Chelsea and the Manchester clubs will be signing payers in their prime. That is what Arsenal need to do, and that costs a lot of money in the current climate. Arsenal are sixth favourites to win the league next year: before you place some action take a look at a list reputable betting sites and you will find City, Utd, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool ahead of them in the running order. That is the worst Arsenal have been rated pre-season since Wenger took over, and to convince people that the Gunners can be a force once more they need to make a statement in the transfer market.
Reports abound suggesting Arsenal have upped their bid for Kylian Mbappe to £95 million. Real Madrid have already had a £105 million offer turned down, but Arsenal are apparently offering more up front. That is the sort of signing that could galvanise the club. Mbappe was sensational in the Champions League this season and could terrorise Premiership defences. That sort of ambition could convince the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to stick around. But Arsenal clearly need more reinforcements than one promising striker. The need a centre back, a holding midfielder, a left wing-back and a back-up goalkeeper. Fans will be dreading Groundhog Day after hearing Wenger’s comments. Too many times in recent years have Arsenal been linked with top players, signed hardly anybody and flopped in the league. We can only hope this is a case of mind games from Wenger, who will actually bolster the squad with Mbappe, Riyad Mahrez, Sead Kolanisac, a defender, a DM and a goalie. If they do not invest significantly and act decisively, Arsenal could be in for another torrid season, and mutiny could be the order of the day once more.Tell us what you think! If you agree, or have a different view, please leave a comment in the comments section or why not write a response or your own article on YouWrite?
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