Wenger allowed to launch aggressive assault in transfer market with only three Real Madrid & Barcelona stars off limits. Should Liverpool be concerned?
The Arsenal board want long-serving manager Arsene Wenger to build on the past season's FA Cup success by landing more honours in the following season - and will back him in the transfer window with substantial funds in order for him to do so.
For the best part of the last decade, Arsenal have relied on academy products, youth transfers and a frugal transfer market policy while rivals such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City spent heavily.
Thanks to increased commercial success, Arsenal are in a position to join the big-spenders whilst also adhering to the Financial Fair Play ruling.
In a statement that effectively says the club intend on buying their way toward success, Gunners director Lord Harris of Peckham has been quoted by London Evening Standard to have said: "We will support Arsene with the players he wants to buy. He has always been encouraged to spend.
"We want to win the Premier League and the Champions League. If we buy two or three players then I think we can. We don't want to be second, we don't want to be third and we don't want to be fourth."
Lord Harris was loathe to reveal the precise fund that Wenger will be granted, with newspaper speculation claiming a £100m kitty would be made available: "There is a lot of paper talk. I wouldn't say it is £100m, I wouldn't say it's £50m and I wouldn't say it's £150m."
Arsenal broke their transfer record last year when Wenger ratified a £42.4m deal for playmaker Mesut Ozil, but Lord Harris said it would be "easy" to smash that record once again.
"If Arsene has asked for any player then we have always backed him to go and buy. With the exception of [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo or [Gareth] Bale, we could buy most players."
The director's concluding comments will no doubt set media tongues wagging, as if there are technically only three players off-limits, then Arsenal could perhaps reignite last summer's interest in Liverpool asset Luis Suarez, or even attempt to recruit disenchanted Manchester City superstar Yaya Toure.
The Gunners, though, have not been credibly linked with either player in the current calendar year, yet deals for Francesc Fabregas, Karim Benzema and Serge Aurier could materialise.