First of all, I want to put a massive disclaimer on this article, in that I WILL BELIEVE IT WHEN I SEE IT.
We have often heard empty promises from the Kroenke’s or reports that is simply media puff to garner attention. However, that’s not going to stop me getting excited.
Many reports, initially by 90min, reported yesterday that in response to crashing out of European competition, Arteta will be given a £250 million to desperately claw Arsenal back into the Champions League.
A combination of player sales, bank loans, ESL money and potentially some of Kroenke’s money will likely combine for this.
But let’s move on from how, and focus on what we are going to spend that money on. £250 million is a lot of money, however in any world where we have that much to spend, I would presume a lot of players would have left the club. So, for this article, let’s presume the following have been sold:
Granit Xhaka – Matteo Guendouzi – Eddie Nketiah – Alexandre Lacazette – Hector Bellerin – Ainsley Maitland Niles – Konstantinos Mavropanos – Sead Kolasinac – Lucas Torreira – Willian – Bernd Leno
So, what would our new squad/lineup look like if these rumours are true:
GOALKEEPER: ANDRE ONANA (£7 million) – backup options: MATY RYAN (free), Alex Runarsson
RIGHT BACK: ZEKI CELIK (£13 million) – backup options: Callum Chambers, Cedric
CENTRE BACKS: BEN WHITE (£45 million), Gabriel – backup options: Saliba, Holding, Mari, Chambers
LEFT BACK: Kieran Tierney – backup options: PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (free)
DEFENSIVE MIDFIELDERS: Thomas Partey, EDUARDO CAMAVINGA (£45 million) – backup options: SAMBI LOKONGA (£17 million), Mo Elneny, Miguel Azeez
RIGHT WINGER: Bukayo Saka – backup options: Nicolas Pepe
ATTACKING MIDFIELDER: JAMES MADDISON (£55 million) – backup options: Emile Smith Rowe
LEFT WINGER: RAHEEM STERLING (£60 million) – backup options: Gabriel Martinelli, Aubameyang
STRIKER: ANDRE SILVA (£30 million) – backup options: Aubameyang, Balogun
TOTAL SPEND: £272 million
This is based on some realistic targets, and other targets which right now seem less realistic though could become a lot more realistic if we really do have £250 million to spend.
Let’s try and forget about whether these reports are true; simply question, how would you spend £250 million at Arsenal this summer?
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