Arsene Wenger has said he’s ‘afraid’ of what Chelsea will do in the summer transfer market which leads to the natural question of why?
Besides from the fact a rival are set to strengthen and position themselves to outdo the Gunners next season, he is fearful a number of his targets could be pried away.
Arsenal themselves have a lot of work to do during the summer window and his apparent fear could be born out of the fact that many of his main transfer targets are also players who have been linked with Chelsea.
Arsenal need to improve their side in several key areas with calls for a central defender, a right back, a holding midfield player and another striker already being made.
A good example of a player that Arsenal look set to go up against Chelsea for is Victor Wanyama of Celtic, if the midfield enforcer decides he wants to move away from Celtic.
It’s a classic example of a player coveted by both clubs, but with Arsenal at a disadvantage because they do not have the same financial power as the current European champions.
So Arsenal need to try and adjust to that, finding different ways to attract transfer targets and tipping the balance of power in their favour against Chelsea, as well as other big sides this summer.
One thing Arsenal do have in their favour is the stability that their 63-year-old manager offers them and the benefits of his experience in terms of developing players.
Chelsea obviously have the edge in terms of what they can pay a potential transfer target but Arsenal seems to be a more stable club from the very top, running all the way down.
This could be very influential in the battle between the two clubs for the slightly lower profile transfers they have been linked with this summer.
The likes of Loic Remy and Wilfried Bony have been linked with both London based clubs, where cash fees aren’t going to be the main issue in getting them to sign on the dotted line.
Arsenal have mastered deals in the recent past where lower profile targets have needed convincing to join them over other sides, again based on Wenger’s track record of turning lower profile players into superstars.
Arsenal have to believe they can be competitive against Chelsea in the transfer market and they may have to try and use a little more financial muscle than they usually do.
Recent figures showed that the Gunners have over £100 million stored away in a cash reserve, with a conservative estimate of around £70 million of that being freed up for Wenger to use solely on players this summer.
Chelsea on the other hand, appear to have a bottomless resource of money.
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