Arsene Wenger's reported £20 million budget could leave Arsenal fans disappointed.
Where the apparent budget has come from is unclear but it creates one very realistic theme, which Arsenal fans have grown used to over the last few years; Wenger doesn’t spend big in January.
The cash will more than likely be used to draft reinforcements into the squad rather than go after the big name signing in the middle of the season, who could make the difference in the months leading up to May.
Arsenal need players in two positions; centre-back and holding midfield.
They currently have options in both but defensive shortcomings have been exposed in recent games against Anderlecht and Swansea City, which have emphasised the need for new players and cover in key positions.
It’s a sorry state of affairs when a club as big and as good as Arsenal are forced to use a left-back on the left hand side of central defence, rather than having a squad player available who is more experienced in that position.
If Wenger is planning to spend more and go after bigger names in the summer, it’s a gamble.
It’s a gamble because of some of the quality names currently floating around in the transfer market, who that £20 million could be blown on to improve the team.
Gerard Pique of Barcelona is a good example; an experienced centre back who Wenger could go after, as he has a direct need for a player of his quality and calibre.
Sami Khedira of Real Madrid is another good example. The budget Wenger reportedly has for this winter should be more than enough to buy out the contract of a player with just a handful of months left to run on his current deal.
He can have one or the other but if he tries to cover all angles with his January spending, Arsenal fans aren’t going to get the big names they crave because this budget doesn’t mean it’s possible.