Arsenal fans may not be treated to the transfers they'll be hoping for this summer.
Goal.com has published a report which suggests Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will have £100 million available to spend on transfers this summer.
However, the detail of the targets that the Frenchman is reportedly interested in won’t please Arsenal fans.
“Arsenal want to sign two new forwards (including a versatile player who can operate anywhere across the front three), a central midfielder and a goalkeeper. They are also in the market for a new right-back and a new centre-back depending upon whether Bacary Sagna and Thomas Vermaelen remain at the Emirates Stadium next season,” reads the report.
The desire for two centre forwards is interesting because it suggests that Wenger is only going to go after one high profile striker, hedging his bets with a second squad option.
Karim Benzema has been linked with a potential move to Arsenal but a bits and pieces type secondary striker is what may cause some frustration with Gunners.
It suggests that Wenger isn’t looking to transform the attack he’s used this season, which has seen Olivier Giroud used as the lone front man in a formation which has been based around one centre forward.
Should Benzema be the big money transfer Arsenal fans will be hoping for then the second flaw is the purchase of another central midfielder.
Benzema has thrived at Real Madrid when he’s had pace on either side of him in the form of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.
Surely Wenger’s plan would be better if he intended to bring in a quick wide player to fill in down a flank as opposed to a central player when the Gunners already have Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla among others who can all play through the middle.
For Arsenal to make a real statement of intent ahead of next season they need to sign big, high profile players as they did when they snapped up Ozil on a £42 million deal at the back end of last summer’s transfer window.
A striker, a winger and a decent centre-back should be the priorities over a versatile forward and another central midfielder, two options that Arsenal don’t really need in their current squad.
Wenger’s grounds to spend big through the vast resources at Arsenal are evident but this report suggests he may not move the squad forward as Arsenal fans would be hoping for this summer.