It is no secret that Arsenal are planning an “exceptional” summer. Over the last few years, KSE’s lack of investment and some poor decisions in the board room have slowly seen our club fall off. We finished 8th for consecutive seasons and, without a huge summer of spending, we are threatened with mid table obscurity for a few more years. There have been lots of rumours circulating about just how much we might spend this summer, and crucially, how much we might be able to raise through selling certain players. Some for example have said that, in selling the likes of Lacazette, Nketiah, Bellerin, Torreira and many more we might raise as much as £140 million. If KSE round that up to £200 million, which is potentially a big if, then we could be set for a great summer. But what does £200 million on players look like. Well, here’s how that money might be spent to get us back in the top 4…
Let’s call this the most optimistic. I do feel like Arsenal will have one huge marquee signing this summer, and I for one have everything crossed that this is Jack Grealish (£80 million). We need more goals and more creativity in midfield and that would be exactly what Grealish would bring. I think that he may well move on from Villa this summer, and we at least need to throw our hat in the ring.
Another key area we need to strengthen is at the back. Klostermann (£30 million) of RB Leipzig could be a great signing for us. He is young dynamic, and can play a number of positions. Emerson Royal (£30 million) of Real Betis has been heavily linked also, and could be a really good replacement for Hector Bellerin. Ryan Bertrand could well also be on his way to the Emirates on a free transfer to provide some cover for Tierney.
That leaves around £60 million to find a partner for Partey and some competition for Aubameyang up top. Bissouma (£35-40 million) of Brighton and Edouard (£20 million) of Celtic are too players heavily linked with a move to Arsenal and would suit us perfectly. I mean, what a summer that would be. An optimistic one sure, but if KSE are serious, this is the kind of summer that would leave us with a starting 11 with little to no weakness
Like I say, if £200 million is made available, again that is a big if, then we can expect at least a marquee signing or two. One that Arteta seems to be keen on is making Martin Odegaard’s (£50 million) stay in North London permanent. Overall, I have been impressed with Odegaard. He reminds me of Ozil’s influence on the team. So good at picking up spaces and controlling our attacks in the final third. Another marquee signing we have been linked with is Eduardo Camavinga (£54 million). The young Frenchman is a really tough-tackling, skillful and dynamic box-to-box midfielder and would be a great guy to put next to Partey for him to keep learning his trade. That would perhaps make Arsenal one of the sides with the best array of young talent in the world.
Arsenal have also been linked with a bit of a Championship raid. Ivan Toney (£30 million) of Brentford has been linked, as well as Norwich right back Max Aarons (£30 million). I think both would be amazing additions. Young, English and stylistically they would suit us really well. Toney is so clinical, whereas Aarons is such a solid well rounded right back. I do think £30 million is a bit steep for each of them, but if they are likely to be in the team for a while, that might be worth it.
That would leave around £35 million for another signing or two, which I’m sure we could spend on targets like Josh Doig and Adarabioyo to bolster our backline.
I personally would rather scenario 1. If we aren’t at least putting an offer on the table for a player of Grealish’s calibre something is seriously wrong. That being said, any summer where we are spending £200 million I would be pretty happy with.
What scenario would you prefer Gooners? Who should we be looking to sign this summer
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