Following Arsenal’s FA Cup success, Arsene Wenger will be firmly focused on the summer transfer market.
However, his main priorities are seemingly not to add new players to the squad but to prevent key first team stars from leaving.
The Daily Mail has suggested that the boss’ main target over the next couple of weeks is to stop right-back Bacary Sagna leaving the club and also convincing goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski to stay.
“His priority is to convince full-back Bacary Sagna and keeper Lukasz Fabianski to stay at the club, but the Arsenal manager has also identified three key areas to strengthen this summer. He wants a new striker, a holding centre-midfielder and a right-back,” reports the Mail.
Sagna will most likely be the more difficult of the pair to keep considering reports that he’s already talking to Manchester City about a move up North.
Sagna has been one of the Gunners’ most consistent defenders over the last 12 months and a player who has been one of the first names down on the team sheet for Wenger.
He offers experience and a little versatility in the back four but as Wenger has said so many times in the recent past, the Frenchman knows what Arsenal are offering and the matter is out of the club’s hands.
Fabianski will be tricky for Wenger to convince to stay at the Emirates Stadium.
Wenger seemingly wants to keep him to save himself the trouble of having to go and find a top quality back up to Wojciech Szczesny next season.
The problem he has is that Fabianski has made it quite clear he doesn’t want to spend any more time sitting on the bench and playing second fiddle.
When he was called on last season to perform, he did so admirably in a variety of different situations but he may only see his chances of becoming Poland’s number one increase if he leaves Arsenal.
Some fans will say that fresh blood in both positions is just what Arsenal need but in both cases, Wenger seems determined to try and keep both in the face of near certain exits from North London.