Emirates Stadium boss handed huge transfer kitty.
Arsène Wenger could have £100m available to rebuild ailing Arsenal team
Arsène Wenger will be able to spend considerably more than the £50 million in the bank this summer, should he wish to, according to senior sources at Arsenal.
The club’s owner, Stan Kroenke, would be willing to make new funds, described as between “£50 million and £100 million”, available.
One player who may be on his way in to the Emirates is Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon in the summer following an impressive first full season in the Premier League, which has attracted the attention of Wenger.
Sessegnon moved to Sunderland from Paris St-Germain for £6 million in January 2011 and has become a huge hit on Wearside, with manager Martin O’Neill describing his contribution since he arrived almost three months ago as “absolutely vital” to the team’s recovery.
Sessegnon, 27, has also attracted interest from his former club PSG following their takeover by the Qatar Investment Authority, although the Benin international is keen to stay in the Premier League and would be interested in a move to Arsenal.
Sunderland, though, will fight to hold on to their playmaker and a bid in excess of £10 million will be needed to tempt them to sell.
This report will be gleefully received by Gunners fans who have long since demanded that the North London club spent more in order to keep up with those sides around them who have no compunction when it comes to forking out £20m on a single player.
Arsene Wenger will however need to secure a top four finish this term in order to be able to tempt the best targets to the Emirates Stadium as he looks to bring an end to what looks likely to be seven seasons without silverware. Having been dumped out of the FA Cup at Sunderland and suffered a 4-0 defeat at the hands of AC Milan, Arsenal must now look to clinch a spot in the Champions League for next term at the very least, to appease their supporters.
This source suggests that Arsenal may make a move for Benin international Stephane Sessegnon, who has been in great form at the Stadium of Light this term, especially since Martin O’Neill took over as Black Cats boss. The 27 year old was indeed instrumental in helping the North-East side climb back up the table since Steve Bruce was axed, but is he really an improvement on the players already at the top four chasing club?
The former PSG man is just one of three Premier League players recently linked with a move to Arsenal.