Arsenal ace hopeful of summer investment

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After the culmination of a sixth successive trophyless campaign for Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has been urged to ditch his notorious frugality and make some significant investment this summer.

The Gunners boss has confirmed he will indeed dust off his cheque book during the transfer window in order to set about reinforcing his ranks, with the acquisition of some combative characters reportedly a high priority for the Frenchman.

Arsenal are expected to sign at least one centre-back in order to ease their well-documented defensive woes, with Bolton's Gary Cahill and Paris Saint-Germain youngster Mamadou Sakho installed as the early favourites to move to the Emirates Stadium.

With the return of Thomas Vermaelen coupled with the addition of a quality centre-half, either Johan Djourou or Laurent Koscielny - or even both - may have to make way in the Arsenal back four next season.

The former, however, will welcome the competition for places - claiming it will only serve as positive motivation for the rest of the squad.


When asked about Wenger's transfer plans, Djourou said: "I don't know - that's for the manager to answer," he responded, when asked about the summer plans.

"I think competition is always good. That pushes you in your position.

"When you want to make a team better, you have to have a good squad.

"I think that we had a good squad but if players with experience or different players can bring quality, they're welcome."

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Johan Djourou
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