Arsene Wenger Plotting £60m Summer Spending Spree

Robin SAnalyst IApril 19, 2010

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 26:  Benfica's Angel Di Maria during the Amsterdam Tournament match between Ajax and Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena on July 26, 2009 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Daily Star has reported that Arsene Wenger is preparing a £60m summer shopping spree, something that would send a positive vibe across the fans.

The latest setbacks have shown that Arsenal aren't a potent force anymore and badly need quality to match the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City.

Bordeaux striker Maroune Chamakh is a step closer to Arsenal.  In the near future Wenger will confirm this signing, which is a big boost considering the fact that it's a free transfer.

Wenger's recent outbursts clearly suggest that he's not happy with some of his players, and rightly so.

Wenger backed his players on a regular basis, but in turn he was betrayed by the same players. They never really raised to the occasion and choked again at the crucial stage of the season.

A plethora of excuses have been heard from different corners, but the major worry is lack of leaders and proved match winners.

Some players like Robin Van Persie, who even rejected the offers from Manchester United and Inter Milan, are loyal and would like to win trophies with Arsenal.

But if the true-hearted players feel that winning trophies with Arsenal is next to a miracle, then nobody can blame them if they decide to leave in search of silverware.

On the other hand, players like Cesc Fabregas and Andrei Arshavin are featuring on the papers for all the wrong reasons. You could hardly find a day without rumors relating Fabregas to Barcelona and these prevailing speculations could be associated with the lack of silverware at Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Arshavin is finding solace by moaning. He's not happy with the stay in London. He's not happy with the restaurants in London nor the parking facilities in London.

Finally, he's not happy with the squad. He feels that Arsenal need a few more world-class players to challenge for the titles again, which is the truth actually.

However, his performances on the pitch has been less than impressive. It would be better if he keeps his mouth shut and concentrate on rendering some world-class performances, knowing that he's the most paid player at Arsenal.

Back to the topic, Wenger's speculated targets on the list—by Daily Star —are Real Zaragoza playmaker Ander Herrera, Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko, and Benefica stars Angel Di Maria and David Luiz .

Di Maria is a natural winger and his potential hasn't gone unnoticed with interests from everywhere, including Chelsea and Manchester City. Arsenal doesn't have a cash cow to match the likes of Manchester City, but still, some of those names are viable.

However, it will be extremely difficult to fend off the likes of Manchester City to sign Di Maria. His price may even go beyond £30m once the bidding war starts, which is all but sure.

Di Maria's Benefica teammate David Luiz is a promising young defender and with the defensive crisis at Emirates, Luiz could be a worthy option to consider. His price tag is in the region of £10m- £15m and that wouldn't be a bad signing at all.

Unlike most of the players already at Arsenal, he's very physical and can also play at left-back. He's a Brazilian player and the flop Brazilians— Eduardo and Denilson—may indicate that signing another Brazilian born player could be a risky affair.

Another noteworthy option from that list is Moussa Sissoko. He's a tough character and will add extra steel to the fragile Arsenal squad. Arsenal can very much afford him at a price supposed to be in the region of £15m.

Arsenal's defense lacks venom and this 6'2" defensive midfielder is one of the best options available for an affordable price. He can play as a box-to-box or holding player and after signing him Wenger could seriously consider selling an inconsistent Abou Diaby, who lacks tactical discipline.

Ander Herrera is a good up-and-coming player, but Arsenal's current squad has quality playmakers and this signing wouldn't make any sense.

His buy-out clause is close to £25m, so one could easily sense he's a future star in the making and that's why he has been widely touted as the next Fabregas in Spain. But seriously Arsenal can't afford to spend such a hefty sum for a 20-year-old playmaker.

Can Wenger pull off a miracle by signing any of these players?