Arsene Wenger is planning his squad for next season after agreeing to spend big on transfers in...
Arsene Wenger is planning his squad for next season after agreeing to spend big on transfers in the summer, according to reports. It was claimed earlier this week that Wenger had been told he could be sacked if he doesn’t start splashing the cash on big names.
And now the Daily Mirror claim he’s agreed to spend big, whilst also revealing the XI he hopes to name at the start of next season.
|The Frenchman feels let-down by his players and is plotting a major shake-up of the squad|
The Frenchman feels let-down by his players and is plotting a major shake-up of the squad — here's who could be arriving and candidates to be shipped out
Arsenal want to rebuild the spine of the team as Wenger targets a major shake-up of the squad and are long-term admirers of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama. They have already been offered Paris Saint-Germain's free-agent-to-be superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund frontman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been watched.
However, the re-emergence of Danny Welbeck after a long-term knee injury means midfield and defence are the key areas in need of strengthening. Defence and midfield is the priority and with cash reserves of nearly £150million – Arsenal have the funds to spend big.
|Here's the proposed line up next season|
There could be some big-name casualties, with England star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain likely to go. There is serious interest from Manchester City, Liverpool and his previous club, Southampton.
Veteran midfielders Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are all set to leave as well when their contracts expire this summer, while France right-back Mathieu Debuchy will be sold.
England left-back Kieran Gibbs could also be on his way after losing his first team place to Nacho Monreal. Per Mertesacker’s long-term future is under threat as Arsenal look for a new centre-half, with Everton's John Stones a potential target, while No.2 keeper David Ospina could look to go after growing frustrated with being Petr Cech’s deputy.