Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is finally set to spend big during a summer transfer window.
The Gunners boss has often frustrated many fans in North London for his perceived unwillingness to spend large amounts of money in the transfer market, a decision which has often led to the collapse of Arsenal’s title challenge mid-way through a Premier League season.
But this summer is set to be different, with the club already splashing out £30m on Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, whilst rumours coming out of the British press suggest more new arrivals at the Emirates are on their way.
According to various sources, the Reds will look to sign German starlet Julian Draxler, and French forward Alexandre Lacazette, in a £100m double transfer swoop.
Draxler, only moved to the Wolfsburg last summer from Schalke for £25.5million, but a string of impressive performances, has seen the midfielder linked with a quick departure from the Volkswagen Arena, with Arsenal apparently head of the queue to capture his signature.
Arsenal are also said to be favourites in the race to Lyon hitman Lacazette, with the Ligue 1 side demanding £42 million for the striker’s services.
Whilst for the moment the signing of Draxler seems a lot closer than that of Lacazette, If Arsenal were to capture both high calibre players, then whilst it would be a real coup for Arsene Wenger, it would also leave the Frenchman with some tactical dilemmas ahead of the new season.
As the 66-year-old looks at his squad for the new season, one thing that immediately becomes clear is the huge array of midfield options at his disposal. The Gunners arguably have the most complete midfield they’ve had for many a season, and there are many different potential combinations of players he could use to construct his starting XI.
If Arsenal are to line-up with Wenger’s favoured 4-2-3-1 formation, then it would be difficult to see who would make way for Julian Draxler, as one of the three in behind the striker.
Both Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are guaranteed starters at the Emirates, leaving one of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Waloctt, Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, young starlet Alex Iwobi, or wide man Joel Campbell to be omitted from the starting XI, to make room from the German.
It is believed that Arsene Wenger is open to selling many of the names mentioned above, possibly preparing to make room in his squad for Draxler.
As far as Alexandre Lacazette goes, his arrival would certainly lead to question marks surrounding the futures of both Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.
The French striker, may not be happy at playing second fiddle in North London, whilst the signing of the Lyon forward would probably spell the end of Walcott’s ten-year association with the club, having already grown frustrated with his lack of first time football at the Emirates.
Whilst Arsene Wenger will be keen to avoid unrest at the club during the transfer window period, the potential reward of re-shaping your squad to include Julian Draxler and Alexandre Lacazette may be too big an offer for the Arsenal boss to refuse.
As Arsenal’s Premier League rivals are already looking like they mean business in the transfer window, Wenger will know that this summer may be the most important period of his historic tenure in North London.