Emirates Stadium side close in on moves to start summer spending.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given the green light to make significant improvements to his Gunners squad and has been armed with a large transfer war-chest in order to secure top quality talent this summer.
CaughtOffside understands that Wenger has undergone lengthy discussions with Arsenal’s board with relation to the North London club’s hopes and expectations for the coming season and are ready to pump hefty funds into the Arsenal transfer kitty to help the Emirates Stadium side mount a genuine challenge for major honours after an eight season silverware drought.
Wenger has stated publicly that unlike recent summers Arsenal will not be accepting offers for first team regulars, that in itself will be welcomed by the club’s fanbase who have seen a myriad of talents leave in recent seasons, last summer seeing Robin Van Persie and Alex Song leaving to join Man United and Barcelona respectively.
Having secured lucrative sponsorship deals in recent months, the most notable of which being with Emirates and Puma, Arsenal have the requisite funds to mount a real assault on the transfer market and even though if doing is perhaps not in keeping with Arsene Wenger’s character it appears it’s a move the club realises is long overdue.
Wenger’s long running pursuit of a proven goal-scorer appears to be set to bear fruit with Arsenal having agreed terms with Argentine Gonzalo Higuain. The 25 year old Real Madrid striker is certain to leave the Bernabeu and a £22m move is all but in place to see the experienced forward move to the Emirates Stadium, a move that may be rubber stamped once the La Liga giants have a new manager in place, with Carlo Ancelotti strongly linked with the vacant post.
Higuain has scored 122 goals in seven seasons at Real Madrid and will provide the club with a more effective spearhead to it’s attack, though Wenger has not given up on French international Olivier Giroud.