Are Arsenal going Galactico? Bids for Suarez could return in winter…

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Wenger will reportedly gun for Liverpool hotshot during the winter window.

Arsenal's recruitment policy has shifted in the space of a summer.

For the last 15 years the club have scoured the planet in search of deals such as Fredrik Ljungberg from Halmstads BK for £3m, Kolo Toure from ASEC Mimosas for £150,000 and Cesc Fabregas for half a million and, in so doing, Arsene Wenger gained a swift reputation as an expert in stretching a budget.  

The emergence of intimidating midfielder Patrick Vieira, the transition of Thierry Henry from unfancied Juventus winger to Premier League heavyweight and the reliable playmaking consistency of Fabregas from a young age are all testament to Wenger's long-lasting statement: 'We don't buy superstars, we make them.'

However, the club's £70m gross summer budget, the £42.5m acquisition of Mesut Ozil and reports surfacing this morning, Friday, that the club will make a return bid for Liverpool forward Luis Suarez in the January market all imply a new era of spending and, even, a Galactico-style recruitment drive.

The ample transfer fund will likely become an annual occurrence as the club are now benefitting from a £30m per year Puma deal, a restructuring and extension of the agreement with Emirates worth an extra £30m a year and, of course, retain favourable returns on Premier League and Champions League broadcasting contracts.

It is clear that Wenger acknowledges he is light in the striking department and, because of the attempt to capture Chelsea's Demba Ba on a short-term loan, he feels a temporary addition to the squad would have sufficed as a more long-term solution could be added in January.

With around £27.5m left in the £70m summer warchest and the £10m collected from the sales of Gervinho and Vito Mannone, there could be enough funds to make a large down payment on a second Galactico when the transfer window reopens in winter.

Wenger failed with two offers for Suarez in summer, the second of which was an extraordinary £40m+£1 bid. To return to Liverpool a third time, Arsenal will eclipse the amount they agreed to pay Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil and thus break their own transfer fee record for the second time in six months.

And, with numerous other holes in the squad to fill, there could be even more big names arriving next summer.

Arsenal fans: was the purchase of Ozil a one-off or do you think the club are finally ready to spend big on a regular basis? Would you back a Galactico-style recruitment policy of a big name every summer? Let us know in the comment section below!

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