Gunners won their first trophy since 2005 against the Tigers.
Arsenal head coach Arsene Wenger is set to start work on bringing in as many as five new players to the Emirates for next season after finally ending the north London club’s long search for a trophy on the weekend.
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The experienced French manager is hoping to build on the euphoria of seeing the Gunners beat Hull City 3-2 to win Saturday’s FA Cup final, Arsenal’s first piece of silverware since claiming the same trophy back in 2005, by signing a raft of world-class players when the summer transfer window reopens for business.
And Wenger is understood to now be confident that the cup win over the Tigers will prove to be a springboard for more triumphs further down the line, including the Premier League title, if the club can manage to keep together the core of their first team AND add at least five new recruits for the next campaign.
The Gunners boss is determined to get the vast majority of his transfer business concluded before this summer’s World Cup gets under way in Brazil in less than a month’s time, especially as Wenger will as always be working on the tournament for French TV, with his first targets said to be Southampton duo of Calum Chambers and Morgan Schneiderlin.
Wenger wants the Saints’ England Under-21 international to replace departing right-back Bacary Sagna in the capital next season and sees the 19-year-old as being a cheaper option than the other players the club have been scouting in that position, while he also has Premier League experience which the coach values highly.
And the same can also be said for Chambers’s team-mate Schneiderlin, although the north Londoners know that they will have to beat off stiff competition from Serie A outfit Napoli this summer if they wish to land the newly called-up France international to take over from Mikel Arteta in the holding midfield position next season.
Meanwhile, the Gunners are hoping to be able to conclude big-money deals for both unsettled Real Madrid wide man Angel Di Maria after Los Blancos made it known that they would be willing to listen to offers in the region of £30m for the Argentina international this summer, with Arsenal set to reignite their interest in the 26-year-old after just missing out on the player’s signature in last summer’s transfer window.
As well as the winger, Wenger is keen to try and persuade Bayern Munich’s versatile holding midfielder cum centre back Javi Martinez to leave the Allianz Arena, especially after it became known that the 25-year-old has grown unhappy with life in Bavaria under new boss Pep Guardiola.
However, Arsenal will not be the only club on the Continent trying to snap up the brilliant Spain international, while if Martinez is allowed to leave Munich after the World Cup, then the Bundesliga champions will want to recoup all of the 40m euros that they splashed out to sign him from Athletic Bilbao two years ago.
And finally, Wenger is expected to shortly make a move for Real Sociedad forward Antoine Griezmann, with the France international now set to leave the Basque outfit after their failure to qualify again for next season’s Uefa Champions League, with the north London club and rivals Liverpool believed to be leading the chase for the 23-year-old who netted an impressive 16 goals in just 35 Liga outings for his club in the previous campaign.