Financially Arsenal are one of the best run clubs in the country, they are soon expected to announce £220 million of turnover and reduce their £236 million debt. Whilst Arsene Wenger has hardly splurged the cash in recent years, the club has had a system whereby they keep 70 percent of all transfer fees received, which reportedly will amount to £50 million this January. The questions is will the previously thrifty Wenger spend this war chest that he will be given, and if so who should he spend it on?
The first and most obvious position that Wenger could do with strengthening is goakeeping. Many were disappointed that a new keeper was not brought in this summer, with a move for Mark Schwarzer falling through after Mark Hughes took over as manager. Shay Given was a candidate that was favoured by a lot of supporters, and Roberto Mancini has stated that he is willing to let the Irishman go, as Joe Hart has seemingly cemented the first choice goalkeeping position at Man City. Given would be a great signing for Arsenal, he is a top keeper and has vast amounts of experience in the Premier League, he would probably be available for around £8 million so it is easily affordable for the club.
The club’s other priority in January should be a striker. Marouane Chamakh looks like he will be a good signing, but Robin van Persie’s seemingly endless injury problems have become a real issue, it is no good having your best striker constantly in the treatment room. There are a number of options across Europe that Wenger could pursue if he decided to bring in a new forward. World Cup superstar Luis Suarez looks like a top class striker, and his goal scoring record at Ajax is superb, the Uruguayan would probably cost around £20 million however, and this could prove prohibitive for Wenger. Another option could be Wolfsburg’s Bosnian hitman Edin Dzeko, but he would probably cost even more than Suarez.
A centre-back could also be a worthwhile addition to the squad. Laurent Koscielny and Sebastian Squillaci have been brought in over the summer, and both look like they could be good acquisitions, but another signing in this position would not go amiss. Wenger has been linked with moves with Brede Hangeland, Serdar Tasci, Neven Subotic and Phil Jagielka and any of these options will be worth a look at. Hangeland would probably be the least expensive of these players and his Premier League experience means he would fit in nicely with the Arsenal team.
If Arsene Wenger is given this £50 million transfer kitty that has been talked about, a goalkeeper, a centre-back and a striker should be the positions the Arsenal manager should be looking to strengthen. If Shay Given, Brede Hangeland and Luis Suarez were brought in, it would probably cost the club around £40 million altogether, but they could just be the players to push Arsenal on to that next level needed to challenge Man Utd and Chelsea for the title, and the top clubs in Europe for the Champions League.
Arsenal fans, who do you think Wenger should spend his money on?