Emirates side set for major shake up.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger handed £40m budget for summer rebuilding work
Arsène Wenger will have a player budget of around £40 million this summer and will be allowed to spend it how he chooses.
Those funds will cover transfer fees as well as the wages of new signings, giving the Arsenal manager the resources to retain the core of his squad but also add one or two proven and experienced players.
More radical change would require the departure of existing players, with the money from any sales to be added to the transfer budget. The current budget of £40million would remain accessible to Wenger next year if he decides that he does not need reinforcements or is unable to sign any of his targets.
The futures of Cesc Fabregas, Gaël Clichy, Denilson, Tomas Rosicky and Nicklas Bendtner are expected to come under particular scrutiny, but a major departure from Wenger’s overall philosophy can be discounted.
Gary Cahill, the Bolton centre-back, will feature prominently among the transfer targets, although Arsenal can anticipate competing interest from Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. They are also likely to make a bid for Southampton teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
This summer may well be busy one for Arsene Wenger, especially if the North London club does make it six seasons without silverware, and it seems the Gunners boss is ready to make significant moves in the transfer market as he is backed by new owner Stan Kroenke.
Wenger has been on the defensive in recent weeks claiming that second place would be ‘no disaster’ and then feeling the wrath of Arsenal supporters who don’t appreciate such defeatist sentiments. The Emirates Stadium boss is looking to resolve the club’s defensive shortcomings but a move for Gary Cahill may well prove too expensive for the spendthrift boss and a move to sign youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is far more in keeping with Arsene’s mentality.
There will of course be the usual talk of a move to Barcelona for skipper Cesc Fabregas and recent interviews with the Spaniard have not helped to stop the constant speculation. Gael Clichy is seemingly more likely to leave as contract talks hit the buffers but with ready made replacement Kieran Gibbs on hand, the loss of the French international wouldn’t be too hard to cope with.
Denilson, Tomas Rosicky and Nicklas Bendtner have all failed to impress this season and could be squad players who are offloaded as Wenger looks to trim his squad ahead of summer additions.