Under fire Emirates Stadium boss gets board backing.
Struggling Arsenal to give Wenger £55m for summer spending spree
Arsenal have given Arsene Wenger their unequivocal backing and will give the beleaguered Frenchman £55million to rebuild his ailing squad.
Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke and the Gunners board remain 100 per cent behind the Frenchman despite being resigned to a seventh consecutive season without a trophy.
The news will come as a major boost to Wenger, who will now focus all of his attentions on securing Champions League qualification.
As Sportsmail revealed on Friday, Wenger is planning an overhaul of his squad in the summer.
High profile names such as Mario Goetze, Lukas Podolski, Eden Hazard and Matias Suarez all feature on Wenger’s shopping list.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
The good news is that Arsene Wenger has received the support of his board, which will come as a welcome relief to the Gunners boss, however the bad news is that £55m in today’s transfer market would probably only net two of the quartet named by the Daily Mail and in fact that sum doesn’t even represent how much Arsenal made from the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri last summer alone, so is in fact the very least the club needs to help boost their ailing squad.
Of course a lot depends on whether the Emirates Stadium side can clinch a top four finish this term, failure to do so will surely affect the level of players Wenger can attract to the club. Let’s take a closer look at the four players said to be on Wenger’s shopping list.
Mario Gotze is a supremely talented German international who though still just 19 is already a regular for club and country and has helped his Borussia Dortmund side to the top of the table as they look to retain the title they secured last term, therefore a move away from the Bundesliga side this summer seems incredibly unlikely.
Eden Hazard similarly led his side to an unexpected domestic title last term, when he helped Lille to their first Ligue 1 triumph in over 50 years. The Belgian is a wanted man and may well be ready to leave the Stade Metropole but again is a move to Arsenal likely? Probably only if they can indeed secure Champions League football for next term.
Lukas Podolski may be a more realistic, and cost effective target, the Koln striker has been in excellent form this term, netting 15 goals in 18 Bundesliga matches, but his side sits just six points from the drop zone and broken promises may lead to the Polish born German international considering a move away from the club according to ESPN.
The final member of this quartet, Matias Suarez, is a very decent player but is an Anderlecht attacker with not only international cap to his name really going to cut it?
As these targets suggests, Wenger appears keen to boost his attacking options and given that neither Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho have helped Robin Van Persie in the goal-scoring stakes, moves for the likes of Podolski make sense.
Moves for Hazard and Gotze may well be in relation to adequately replacing the likes of the aforementioned Fabregas and Samir Nasri, something many Arsenal fans feel Wenger failed to do last summer when he opted to bring in Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benyoun on loan.