Emirates Stadium boss encouraged to spend transfer ‘war-chest’ in pursuit of major honours and an end to seven year silverware drought.
Speculation has been rife over the past few days of a possible transfer ‘war-chest’ that will be made available to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as the North London side look to push to an end of a seven year silverware drought. The Gunners manager is of course not known for his elaborate spending but has earmarked moves for three Premier League targets he feels can dramatically improve his Emirates Stadium squad.
Wenger will look to lure the Everton full-back into a move to Arsenal and will look to make an offer for the England international in January. The French boss has seen his defensive options stretched over the past 18 months with his full-back area sorely tested and despite the good form shown by Kieran Gibbs the Gunners boss is keen on bringing in the 27 year old former Wigan Athletic wide-man.
Baines has been a consistent force at Goodison Park for a number of years but is probably aware that as long as he remains at the club he is unlikely to challenge for major honours and may well never get to test himself at Champions League level but above all else he may feel that a high-profile move would help his chances of pushing Ashley Cole out of the England left-back spot.
Arsenal are apparently willing to offer up to £15m for Baines who Wenger may look to use in an advanced wide option as well as in his more common position on the left flank of the defence.