Emirates Stadium side ready to spend big after miserable home defeat.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will step-up efforts to bring his two top targets after seeing his side slump to a home defeat to Aston Villa.
CaughtOffside understands that Wenger has been strongly advised to use funds made available to him and this will lead to a third offer for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and a renewed attempt to strengthen the club’s defence with an offer for Swansea City captain Ashley Williams.
Arsenal failed with a £40m plus £1 bid for 26 year old Uruguayan Luis Suarez and despite the fact that the Liverpool striker returned to first team training this week, having previously been forced to train alone, it is believed that the former Ajax man is still very much looking to complete an Anfield exit this summer.
Wenger is ready to break the British transfer record in pursuit of Suarez, who netted 30 goals in all competitions last term, and Arsenal’s board have sanctioned a bid in the region of £50m which Liverpool could struggle to turn down given the very public demand from the striker to leave Anfield.
Having seen Arsenal’s defensive options further diminshed by injuries suffered by Kieran Gibbs and Bacary Sagna, as well as the suspension Laurent Koscielny has suffered after his red card against Aston Villa, Wenger will make an £11m offer for long term target Ashley Williams.
The Welsh international is thought to have informed his Liberty Stadium employers that he wishes to complete a move to Arsenal the South Wales side is now ready to listen to offers that they feel meet their valuation of the 28 year old and an offer of this level may be enough to convince chairman Huw Jenkins to sell Swansea City’s skipper.
Having loaned out Johan Djourou and released Sebastien Squillaci, and with Thomas Vermaelen also injured, Wenger doesn’t have a wealth of central defensive options and is hopeful of bringing in the battling Swansea City man to beef up numbers.
Arsene Wenger has been handed a hefty transfer war-chest and has thus failed to spend a single penny, this despite the fact that the Arsenal boss’s funds have been further boosted by the sales and free transfer departures of a number of squad players this summer.
The Arsenal manager is keen to bring in both players by the end of next week to avoid any last minute dealings in the transfer window that could lead the Emirates Stadium side to being held to ransom by side’s more than aware of the club’s very real need to buy.