An interesting report has emerged from the reliable Daily Telegraph correspondent Jeremy Wilson, claiming that the Arsenal board are ready to back Arsene Wenger all the way in this summer's transfer market. However, the Frenchman remains under pressure to start delivering success.
This is the kind of story you would expect to come out 24 hours after a disastrous performance. Arsenal threw away an excellent chance to progress into the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in five years by losing 3-1 to Monaco in the home leg of their round-of-16 tie. They face almost certain elimination in the return leg in what is the most disappointing result of the season so far.
After the game, it is claimed, Stan and Josh Kroenke stopped by the Arsenal dressing room. Per Mertesacker, who revealed this information, did not disclosed what the majority owners said, but their presence tantalisingly hints at an increased involvement from the usually anonymous family.
Pressure is on
The report claims that the Kroenkes are starting to crank up the pressure on Wenger to deliver success in the near future. The Arsenal manager has spent over £100 million in the last two seasons strengthening his squad and has lost no notable players to direct rivals.
Now Arsenal is packed full of star players like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but serious challenges for the biggest trophies – the Premier League and the Champions League – remain elusive.
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Arsenal are still fully behind Wenger, but they understand that the long-standing manager is no longer in a position to use lack of transfer funds as an excuse for no success. Wenger himself is believed to be almost completely happy with his squad, but is preparing to spend big in the transfer market this summer.
A huge budget
The Arsenal board will sanction a £50 million transfer budget for Wenger to complete deals for several targets. Morgan Schneiderlin is named as his top target with a £20million+ deal very possible. Surprisingly, Wenger also wants another centre-back despite the arrival Gabriel in January.
A new goalkeeper is possible but, sadly for some fans, there is no mention of a move for a new striker. Some have been calling for a new frontman in response to Olivier Giroud's incredibly wasteful performance against Monaco.
Who should he sign?
As was evident against Monaco, it is steal in midfield that Arsenal are missing. Geoffrey Kondogbia, who scored Monaco's opener, was everything the Gunners wish they had. He covered the defence, breaking up attacks and kept Ozil quiet all night.
With Monaco looking to curb their spending, surely Wenger should be considering a move for the powerhouse midfielder.
Who do Arsenal fans think Arsene Wenger should be targeting with his £50million transfer budget? Tell us your DREAM signings in the comments box below!