With the season drawing to a close, and Arsenal’s chances of any silverware looking extremely slim (sound familiar?), the rumours regarding summer transfers are starting to pick up pace.
This window, calls for Wenger to splash the cash will be louder than ever before. If you believe what you see in the papers, he may be ready to do this.
To start, those that have been paying attention to Arsene’s press conferences will know of the apparent interest in Granit Xhaka. When asked about this recently, Wenger’s wry smile got Arsenal fans excited; their excitement should go through the roof when they hear the Frenchman is ready to splash £24m on the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.
Sticking with the central midfield position, Mario Lemina’s name has also popped up today (via Le10Sport.com). The Marseille player (currently on-loan at Juventus) is seen as a hot prospect in Europe, and Arsene Wenger is seemingly ready to take a gamble on the 22 year-old.
But what do these potential incomings mean for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain? The Mirror reported today that Southampton were attempting to lure the midfielder back to St. Mary’s, where his career began. This rumour seems difficult to believe (Wenger rejected Chelsea’s advances for the player only last year), but with Chamberlain in poor form this season, who knows what could happen.
And Chamberlain may not be the only player fearing for his future in the side, as Alvaro Morata continues to be linked with a £30m move the Emirates (a deal Alexis Sanchez is keen on). The regularly criticised Olivier Giroud could see his run as Arsenal leading man ended if this move goes through, but his input of 12 Premier League goals this season is clearly hasn’t convinced Arsene to keep the faith.
At the other end of the pitch, the Mirror are claiming that Wenger is ready to splash out on a centre-back. Marquinhos is the defender in question, and Arsenal will have to work hard to clinch his signature, as Chelsea, Manchester United, and Barcelona are all interested.
Only Wenger knows which of these rumours are legitimate, and which are not. But everyone is aware of the importance placed on this summer window. A lack of activity will just fuel the ‘Wenger-out’ campaign, which has been gathering pace since Arsenal’s faltering title challenge this season.
A big-money signing like Morata though, might see those calls dampen. At least for now anyway.