Arsenal are ready to break their long term prudent approach in the transfer market as they look to take advantage of the disruption in the dressing rooms of their rivals.
Four of the this season’s top six will have a new man in charge of their first team next season, and with Arsenal just beating Spurs to the final Champions League place on Sunday, you could argue that the Gunners are the best placed team to make a big impact in the transfer window.
Arsene Wenger obviously knows the strengths and weaknesses of his squad and will have his major targets identified, whereas Man Utd, Man City and Chelsea will all have a new man through the door who will take time to assess his squad and draw up a list of targets.
Major clear out of dead wood
There is to be a major clear out of Arsenal’s squad now the season is over and The Mirror report that it will clear up to £350,000 per week of the wages bill. The club’s top earner Andrey Arshavin is definitely leaving with either a return to his native Russia or a stint in the MLS his most likely destinations.
Squad players and poor signings of the past few years will also be let go if possible to make space in the squad. Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos, Denilson and Johan Djourou are all likely to be on their way out of the Emirates.
Wenger wants three top class strikers
Two new strikers are on the top of Arsenal’s list of priorities to share the goalscoring burden with Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman has had an impressive first season in England but will need more support next year as he is currently the club’s only recognised striker.
Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuaín and Fiorentina’s Stevan Jovetic are both likely to join Arsenal to create genuine competition for places.
An experienced goalkeeper is also high on the list of targets and either QPR’s Julio Cesar or Stoke’s Asmir Begovic will be brought in to keep Wojciech Szczęsny on his toes.
Get the squad settled in time for next season
Finally a ballwinning midfileder will be added to Arsenal’s squad to give them the steel and competitive edge they have sometimes missed in the middle of the park in recent years.
PSV’s Kevin Strootman or Lyon’s Max Gonalons look the most likely to join.
With Arsenal having an apparent war chest of £70m for the summer and having already identified their main targets, they have a real chance to steel a march on their rivals. If they can complete their spending early then they will have a full pre-season with a settled squad and can hit the ground running in next year’s Premier League.