Arsenal should focus their attention this summer on the acquisition of 'special' players placed among the top transfer fee bracket, according to the club’s former manager George Graham. The Gunners demonstrated last year that they are able to contest the continent’s big spenders when they signed Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, and Graham has urged the club to do the same 12 months on.
Ozil was a £42 million acquisition on transfer deadline day - dwarfing the previous club record paid to sign Andrey Arshavin - and Arsenal will once again have vast reserves to help Arsene Wenger build upon the FA Cup success of this season.
Arsenal as ever, though, continue to be linked with less than marquee talent, with the likes of Loic Remy and James Milner the latest players to have been mentioned as targets for the club. Graham, though, says Arsenal should be looking to approach the £50 million mark again in order to secure the signatures of reputable performers.
“They apparently have a lot of money to spend and they need to spend it very wisely and buy special players,” Graham told talkSPORT.
“Maybe players that are going to cost £30million, £40million, £50million, rather than taking a chance on a £10million or £12m player.
“If they have the money now, let’s get the special players in. Especially forward wise, they need somebody special. There are a few teams who are going to be in the hunt [for the title] next season to win it and they have got the special forwards.”