The Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are looking forward to a new era at their club this summer, but they are concerned by recent reports regarding a lack of funds that will be available to Wenger’s replacement.
Whoever is graced with the opportunity of filling the void left by Arsene Wenger this summer will certainly have a difficult task on their hands, and recent reports from The Daily Telegraph suggest that the already daunting prospect of leading Arsenal into a new era could be made more difficult by the club’s transfer budget. According to the report, Arsenal are somewhat struggling financially after signing Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick-Aubameyang in the last two windows, so the new manager will only have £50 million to spend this summer.
£50 million is not an insignificant amount of money, but it’s way short of the figure that Arsenal’s top-four rivals are likely to rack up this summer. In this day and age most mid-table Premier League clubs spend somewhere in that region on transfers during a single window, so the new manager will certainly have his work cut out as soon as he sets foot in the door at the Emirates Stadium.
If that figure proves to be accurate, the new manager should spend the vast majority of his transfer kitty on a midfield anchor who has the potential to become a true club legend, namely Julian Weigl (valued at £27 million by Transfermarkt) of Borussia Dortmund. The 22-year-old is a rising star in German football and his performances at club level from a young age have caught the eye of football supporters across the country.
Arsenal have been missing the presence of a quality defensive midfielder to effectively sure up what is otherwise a relatively attacking midfield. Granti Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny have struggled for consistency in that role, and they both seem to be falling short of the standard that the likes of Fernandinho and Nemanja Matic have set in recent years.
If Arsenal want to compete for the top-four or even the title again next season, they will need to finally resolve their defensive midfield problem, and signing Weigl represents the ideal solution. Considering Weigl’s enormous potential and rapid development in recent years there’s no doubt Dortmund will be reluctant to sell, but with £50 million at their disposal Arsenal should have the financial power to conclude a deal.
They may have to spend their entire budget on Weigl to secure his services and that appears a risky strategy on the surface, but it’s a risk which would undoubtedly pay dividends in the long-term future.
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