This Summer could go one of two ways for Arsenal: they could sell a few of their top players and attempt to replace them on the cheap, or they could go out and actually spend some of their cash on really good players, and if recent rumours are anything to go by it seems that they might finally be ready to do the latter.
We are all fully aware how long it has been since Arsenal managed to win anything and although they came close in the League Cup this season, a competition they seemed to be taking more seriously than previous years, they still managed to fall at the final hurdle.
I still find it somewhat strange that so many Gooners thought they had a chance of winning the title at the mid point of the season, yes they were playing some excellent football, but they over looked two key factors, firstly that Manchester United always improve over the 2nd half of the season and secondly the fact that their squad didn’t have enough quality in it to see the campaign out in style. That second problem is one that Wenger really has to address.
Things were looking very gloomy for the North London club at the start of the week, they had sold Gael Clichy with no immediate replacement on the table and it looked as if it was a dead certainty that Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas would also be leaving the club, but what a difference a few days can make. It still looks as if there is going to be an exodus from the Emirates, but it also appears that money will be spent on top quality replacements.
According to the papers this morning a deal to move Nasri to Manchester City is very close to being finalised, and whilst that initialy appears bad news, there are some positives. Selling a player in the last year of his contract for more than £20million is quite clearly not a bad piece of business, and if the management team are prepared to spend that money on a good replacement it may potentially be a good move. Nasri is a player that when on form is one of the best in Europe, but how often does he actually turn in one of these performances? During the second half of the season they were sadly lacking.
It also appears that the signing of Gervinho is creeping closer to being completed, and although many seem to worry about how effective he will be in the Premier League, I have always said that I would love him at City, I think he will be a top player in England and at £10million I am sure he will be a great signing for Arsenal.