Gunners react to shock opening-day loss to Villa.
Arsenal are set to embark on a £65 million summer spending spree as head coach Arsene Wenger aims to bring at least four new players to the Emirates before the start of next month, according to reports in the Daily Star.
The north London club are already in a state of crisis after just one game of the new Premier League season, with the Gunners having been left stunned following a 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
And that surprise opening-day defeat has now forced the Frenchman’s hand, with the club readying offers for three players on the back of the £12 million bid they lodged with Newcastle United on Monday night for midfield player Yohan Cabaybe.
That offer for was rejected out of hand though by the Magpies, who reportedly value their France international at closer to the £20m mark.
However, Wenger is also understood to now be preparing bids for Manchester City defender Micah Richards and the Swansea City duo of Michu and Ashley Williams.
England international Richards, who is currently out of action for a month with a hamstring injury, is valued at £10m by City, with the right back said to be keen on a move to Arsenal, the club he supported as a boy, in a bid to boost his hopes of featuring for his country at next summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil.
Meanwhile, the Gunners have already had one bid of £6m for Swansea captain Williams rejected by the South Wales club, who are demanding a fee of £10m for their powerful centre back.
And finally, Wenger is pondering a bid for prolific striker Michu, but with the Swans seeking a whopping £25m for the Spaniard, who scored 18 goals in 35 league games in the Principality last season, that deal maybe the hardest of the four to pull off.