Emirates Stadium boss Arsene Wenger ready to make significant changes to his Gunners squad.
Arsene Wenger is readying a summer bid for Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue as he prepares to make the most of a £70m transfer warchest according to the Daily Telegraph.
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The Gunners boss will receive the backing of his board as he looks to strengthen a squad that is currently struggling to secure an all important Champions League berth, failure to do so could indeed restrict the amount made available to the Frenchman.
Wenger has been scouting 24 year old Capoue extensively and, as well as offering much needed physical strength in central midfield, he can also provide extra cover at centre-back.
Arsenal failed to adequately replace Alex Song, who left for Barcelona last summer, with Mikel Arteta being largely relied upon this season to perform in a holding role in front of the defence.
Capoue has arguably outgrown his Ligue 1 side and would probably jump at the chance of joining the Premier League side having been at Toulouse since the age of 17.
A number of Arsenal’s current squad could be fearing the axe, especially those who have spent long periods out on loan as Wenger looks for permanent buyers, and with that in mind this source believes that Russian winger Andrei Arshavin and hapless defender Sebastien Squillaci will leave the Emirates Stadium this summer when their respective contracts come to an end.
Arsene Wenger will then look to strengthen his attack and may looked to switch attention away from long term target David Villa in favour of a move to bring in a younger option to complement the likes of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott up front.