It is now the summer, meaning big transfer news and plenty of gossip! Being an Arsenal fan means that you are going to get some high-profile names thrown your way, even if it does all end in disappointment eventually.
On the back of the F.A Cup win though, will this be the end of the annually foolish rumours? Will the Gunners finally see big money being spent in this transfer window?
Cause for optimism
I raise this question because Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger got a brand spanking new three year contract, so now the fans will be demanding a change in transfer philosophy at the club. Wenger looked set not to be offered a new deal after his side found themselves in fifth place and most definitely out of the race for fourth heading into the final games of last season.
But after a couple slip-ups from Everton and the returns of the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil to Arsenal, the club pulled off the unthinkable and went onto finish fourth and win the FA Cup in dramatic circumstances, beating Hull City 3-2 after being 2-0 down.
Wenger's new contract
These results for Arsenal and Wenger made the board's decision to give the manager a new contract much easier. But now the fans will want the Frenchman to change his ways when it comes to transfers and start to splash the cash!
Yes, he spent £42.5 million on Özil, which made the fans very satisfied, but now that he has done that, the supporters are going to expect him to be spending this kind of money on a consistent basis. If you want to win trophies in the modern era of football, you have to spend tons of money for the best players who are going to win games for you.
The latest rumours in the Arsenal camp is that the Gunners have had a £32million bid for out of favour striker Alexis Sanchez accepted by Barcelona. Sanchez is a quality player and he showed that last month at the World Cup.
Arsenal do face competition however from future title rivals Liverpool as they are preparing to give Luis Suárez to Barca for around £75million. Wenger should jump at the chance of signing Sanchez as he really is something good, full of pace, energy, finesse and finish.
Other speculation that has come out this weekend cites that Mathieu Debuchy is on the verge of signing for the north London giants. Debuchy is believed to be joining for between £8-12 million which would be a real bargain as he is probably Newcastle's best player and is the first-choice right-back for the France national team.
The defender has apparently spoken about his desire to work with Wenger and has removed from his Twitter bio that he plays for Newcastle. Arsenal of course are now one right-back short after failing to keep Bacary Sagna as he joined Manchester City for a big money contract.
Debuchy would most definitely be a worthwhile replacement for Sagna as he can both defend well and also join the midfield and attack. He will also help in the development of young 22-year-old Carl Jenkinson who will need the competition to up his performances for the Gunners.
If Wenger can bring in both Debuchy and Sanchez, there will be tens of thousands of happy faces in the opening fixture at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal also need a new holding midfielder and the calls have been for either Sami Khedira, Morgan Schneiderlin or Arturo Vidal, all three very good players, to join.
In the next three years, we Arsenal fans will be expecting big changes at the club as the board have now put three more years of trust into Mr. Wenger.
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