Yesterday Arsenal issued its latest financial update - and guess what, the club is in pretty rude health. Profits might have dropped a little, but just look at that whopping £123 million reserve in the bank. And there’s also sponsorship money to be added, plus season ticket cash and maybe even Stan’s idle millions (dream on…).
So the money clearly is there and in the summer the rebuilding programme needs to begin in earnest.
The big question for Arsene Wenger is how much re-building is really necessary? Are we looking at a wholesale clear out of the Arsenal team, or just some minor pruning but with some big name additions?
The rather huge sized elephant in the room is whether Arsenal will qualify for The Champions League? Not qualifying will lose Arsenal possibly as much as £20 million – thought I have seen it quoted as much more.
The more worrying thing would be trying to attract players to a club that aren’t mixing it with Europe’s finest. However Liverpool and Spurs have signed some pretty impressive players in the knowledge that they will be busy on Thursday nights rather than Tuesday and Wednesday.
So, Arsene, here is my take as to how you should spend your cash. Of course I personally think it unlikely that you’ll spend more than £40 million (0ne striker, one midfielder and a keeper), but we can all dream…
My little spree would come in at £120 million with most of that cash going on Cavani and Di Maria and that is assuming we have CL football next year. If we don’t then it comes in at about half that figure. Maybe the latter is more realistic anyhow…
Btw I think we should cash in on Vermaelen as well as losing fringe players like Arshavin, Fabianski, Mannone, Bendtner, Chamakh and possibly Gervinho too – which could generate as much as £30-40.
So what do you think? Who should Arsenal sign?
Edinson Cavani is the man that Wenger wants most but the chance of him leaving Napoli for North London depends on a huge investment from Arsenal. If the club make the Champions League it would send out a signal to their rivals that they were serous about challenging for honours next season. If Cavani is too pricey then Stevan Jovetić from Fiorentina seems the most likely new option and he could come with a price tag of less than £25 million. If Arsenal are looking for cheaper options then Michu would be an ideal signing and probably not cost more than £20 million. Maybe he could be teamed up with David Villa who could do a two year shift for the club while it seeks to re-establish itself. Personally I think that Giroud isn't a bad striker, but he lacks that killer instinct and that has cost Arsenal games. In fantasy land then Cavani will come for £40 million, Villa for £10 million.