Gunners look to reshape their squad for next season.
Arsenal are looking to bring in four new world-class players this summer as the north London club seek to challenge both at home and abroad next season.
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The Gunners have had an encouraging campaign to date and remain on course to end their nine-year wait for a trophy by winning this season’s FA Cup, while they are also set to end the campaign in the top four of the Premier League and with it gain entry into the Uefa Champions League for the 17th year in a row.
However, head coach Arsene Wenger is also well aware of the fact that the north Londoners have failed to mount a sustained challenge for both the Premier League title, as well as the Champions League, this season and to address that issue the Frenchman has made the addition of a quartet of new players when the summer transfer window opens again for business at the start of July his chief priority for the close season.
And the four stars that Wenger and Arsenal are said to be aiming to lure to the Emirates for next season are the FC Barcelona duo of Cesc Fabregas and Alexis Sanchez, as well as long-term target Julian Draxler of Schalke 04 and the Bayern Mubich forward Mario Mandzukic.
The Gunners have been encouraged in recent days by new developments with the La Liga champions Barca, who are set for a major turnaround in personnel at the end of the campaign, with manager Tata Martino believed to be the first casualty.
However, it is also thought likely that both Alexis and Fabregas will be made available to buy this summer, and Arsenal are confident of landing both players, although they will face stiff competition for the latter’s signature from Premier League champions Manchester United, although the Red Devils’ lack of Champions League football is certain to count against them in this regard.
Meanwhile, Wenger is set to return for coveted young Germany international Draxler as soon as this season draws to a close, with the Arsenal boss understood to be desperate to finalise a £37.5m deal for the midfielder before this summer’s World Cup gets under way in June.
And finally, the Gunners hope to persuade Bayern’s unsettled Croatia international to swap the Allianz Arena for the Emirates after the striker lost patience with the Bundesliga and European champions following their purchase of fellow marksman Robert Lewandowski for next season.