Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been a divisive figure for Gunners fans over the years. But following the £35million deal bringing Barcelona and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez to the Emirates this week, the chief executive has revealed the club will not stop there this summer.
“We’ve pulled off a good one with Alexis Sanchez, but there’s more work to be done," he told Arsenal Fan TV.
“I’m not going to talk about it until it’s done. I’ve got to get back, we’ve got more work to do.”
The Gunners are widely expected to complete the £12million signing of Newcastle and France right-back Mathieu Debuchy imminently, while speculation persists that his international teammate and QPR striker Loic Remy is the subject of an £8million offer from Arsenal.
But with this summer’s marquee signing Sanchez complete, what could the club be planning next?
Another rumoured target is Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Sami Khedira who is linked with a £25million deal to come in and anchor Arsene Wenger’s midfield. The Gunners will also require a backup goalkeeper to replace Lukasz Fabianski who joined Swansea City on a free transfer this summer.
The future of captain Thomas Vermaelen remains uncertain, with recent reports linking the skipper with a move to Manchester United and other reports suggesting Arsenal will attempt to keep him on board by offering him an enticing new contract, but another central defender may also be on the manger’s wish list this summer.
The fans would undoubtedly see a defensive midfield, such as Khedira, as a top priority but with Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini both functioning in that role and unlikely to leave, it is unclear whether Wenger’s plans match the hopes of the fans.
Sanchez arrives to become the second-most expensive signing following the club-record deal to bring Mesut Ozil in last summer for £42.4million from the Spanish capital.
His former teammate at the Bernabeu and Germany colleague Khedira would represent an important purchase if the club can pull it off. If reports of a £25million deal are to be believed, that would take the Gunners’ spending over the last 12 months to potentially £114.4million.
Over the past decade the club had become accustomed to losing their best players, but with the new sponsorship deals with Puma in place the Gunners have financial muscle capable of competing with the continent’s elite. In the last 12 months, only players deemed surplus to requirement have left to the tune of £10million (Gervinho and Vito Mannone).