Arsene Wenger has drawn a list of three names to chase after purchasing top target Gervinho yesterday, with Gary Cahill, Chris Samba and Juan Mata top priorities, according to the Daily Mirror.
Gervinho today described his joy at joining the Gunners this summer, and said that being part of the club was a ‘boyhood dream’ for him.
But Arsenal have a lot more work to do if they want to challenge Manchester United and Chelsea for the title next season, not to mention the Champions League trophy, and the club are reportedly looking at Cahill, Samba and Mata as the trio that can change the club’s fortunes.
Today chief executive Ivan Gazidis insisted that although Arsenal have in the past been frugal with their transfer funds, the club will be making some big buys this summer besides Gervinho.
“[Arsenal] still will be active in this window," Gazidis said.
"We haven’t finished our business at all. We’re just not conducting it publicly. We’re working hard privately.
“We think very, very carefully about strategy and targets and so on, and are working hard. So we’re not at the end of our activity for this window.
“I still think it will be an active window. We understand where the weaknesses have been. Financially we’re in a strong position, we have resources to spend.”
Gazidis insisted that if a ‘big name’ like Cahill, Mata or Samba came along, Arsenal wouldn’t think twice about paying big money.
“Certainly if you sign a name player, that can be an easier way to get that and I’ve got nothing against that, absolutely nothing against that. There’s no point of principle involved there," he said.
“But if you look at the best players that we have on our team, they were not necessarily superstar players when we signed them - I don’t think any of them were - when they came to Arsenal.
“It’s not that we were against doing that. That could happen. But because we run a self-sufficient club - it’s an important part of who we are because we have a philosophy of wanting to stand on our own two feet - we have to think about the efficiency of spend.”