Arsenal announced the notable coup of Alexis Sanchez on Thursday and the club’s supporters will be optimistic there will be more high-profile acquisitions before the close of this summer transfer window.
A fantastic deal
The Gunners have known to be both frugal and frantic in the past although last year they proved to be only the latter with a club record deal for Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day. But this time around they have been neither.
It is somewhat uncharacteristic of Wenger to have moved so decisively and so significantly this early in the window, but the availability of the coveted Sanchez clearly hastened Arsenal’s approach. Credit where it is due - Wenger did exceptionally well on this occasion.
Credit to Gazidis
Ivan Gazidis, another figure often derided, also emerges from this with a great deal of recognition for the prominent part he played in concluding the transfer from Barcelona, and Arsenal’s new found confidence in the market should represent an exciting summer ahead.
The Arsenal CEO will now move to clinch some more prominent deals, with the signing of Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle likely to be next, and has confirmed that he remains active in bringing more players to the Emirates Stadium.
“It’s a good signing and I’m happy for the club, but we’ve got more work to do,” he told Arsenal Fan TV at the launch of the club’s kit with Puma, which may have now been surpassed as the best deal concluded by Gazidis during his time with the club.
Watch: Ivan Gazidis on Alexis Sanchez signing and more deals
Khedira to follow?
The acquisition of a right-back to replace Bacary Sagna has been a priority for Wenger and, with that now almost done, the focus would appear to be on the recruitment of a player able to anchor the Arsenal midfield.
Sami Khedira has been the name mentioned most frequently with this role, particularly given that Real Madrid are seemingly prepared to sell the Germany international over the coming weeks.
The 27-year-old is out of contract this time next year and his supposed unwillingness to commit his future will reportedly lead Real Madrid to sell. Arsenal have been linked with a €30 million offer for Khedira, although his wages could pose a problem.
Khedira is reported to have requested a salary worth €10 million-per-season - a proposed deal that would make him the highest paid player at the Emirates Stadium by around £50,000-per-week.