Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern have endured a disappointing season and there is a lot of work to be done for the Gunners this summer.
Falling well short of competing for the Premier League title, and dropping out of the top-four for the first-time in two decades, Arsenal are under pressure to strengthen their ranks and they risk falling further behind their rivals.
The North London side have long claimed they’re capable of matching the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City in the transfer market but they now need to prove that is the case, ahead of a summer where transfer records are likely to be broken left, right and centre.
As it stands, Arsenal’s most expensive recruit saw Mesut Ozil move to the Emirates Stadium from Real Madrid four years ago but the figure of £42.5m has been eclipsed massively by rival sides in recent years.
Since that deal in 2013, Manchester City have spent more on a player four times and Manchester United have beaten that fee on three occasions, including the deal last summer when they set a world-record for the deal to bring Paul Pogba back to the club.
This summer, Arsenal can’t afford to sit back and avoid these expensive deals but, thankfully, the Gunners showed willingness to splash the cash last summer as they spent a combined sum of just under £100m to bring the likes of Granit Xhaka, Lucas Perez, Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi to North London.
This year though, Arsenal need to go one better and smash their transfer fee to show their ambition and they’ll certainly have to spend in excess of £50m if they are to lure one of their top attacking targets to the club.
In recent years, the likes of Karim Benzema, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and even Robert Lewandowski have been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium but Arsenal have failed to cough-up.
In this close season, big names are available and Arsenal will have to match the price a selling club commands as it’s certainly a sellers market- and the Gunners can’t afford to waste time in their quest to land significant arrivals.