Arsene Wenger enters the last 2 years of his contract at a moment when Arsenal at its lowest, by its own standards. The Gunners are out of the Champions League and the majority of fans are frustrated and worried that their club is in decline.
Every team has its ups and downs and Arsenal are not and exclusion. Wenger has managed to keep them in the top 4 for more than a decade, something that only Alex Ferguson achieved with Man United. Wenger should take a credit for that. The proven top professionals are judged by their ongoing projects and by the work in progress, however. Wenger knows that and should he receives a financial backing by the Arsenal’s board he would be spending big this summer. The objective is clear – to bring to the Emirates some or the finest players available on the market in a bid to win the Premier League title again.
Arsenal’s French connection
Gunners have been successful in bringing top French players to the English top flight and it looks like they would do it again. Players like Emanuel Petit, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were the backbone of the Gunners 2003/2004 team nicknamed The Invincibles. Now with a new generation of extremely talented French players, Arsenal and their French manager, if backed by the board will be in the most favorable position to buy in France.
It looks like Wenger knows what is going to do as the Gunners have been heavily linked with a €100 million (£87m) bid to bring Kylian Mbappe to Emirates. Mbape is probably the finest young star in Europe and it is no brainer to say that he would give to Arsenal the same speed and brilliance Henry did in the 2000s.
The Daily Mail have claimed that three clubs have prepared offers for Mbappe – Man United £113m, Man City £105m and Real Madrid £118m to sign Monaco starlet.
L’Equipe reported that Wenger has been given the necessary funds to make a bid for Mbappe that exceeds any offers placed by Real Madrid and Manchester City for the Monaco forward.
Wenger has recently said that Despite being a rich club Arsenal cannot splash money the way Man City, Man United or the Spanish Real And Barcelona do, but with he combined financial stimulus of the distributions coming to the club with new Premier League TV rights deal and the Arsenal’ board he will would sanction a transfer bid that exceeds £100 million.
However, the Gunners might need to spend as much as £120 million, an amount higher than the offers made by Real Madrid and Manchester City, who are believed to have offered around €130 million (£121m) for the player.
It sound like a crazy money spent on 18-year-old player, doesn’t it? Well, it looks a little bit different if we consider a possible £45 million move for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin to Barcelona. Bellerin has recently said that it is a compliment for him to be linked with the Barca. He came through the Barcelona’s academy before moving to Arsenal in 2011 and since then has been tracked by the Catalan club. Barca would not mind signing a player they need while at the same time standing in the Raal Madrid’s way on bringing Mbappe to Santiago Bernabeu.