Arsene Wenger to be handed £100m warchest to chase seven top targets

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be handed a £100m summer transfer warchest after agreeing a new-three year contract that will be formally signed and confirmed within the next 72 hours.

Wenger will pick up a whopping £8m-per-year in wages across the length of that deal and be given by far and away the biggest recruitment budget in Arsenal's history to make sure Saturday's FA Cup success is a springboard to future success rather than a flash in the pan.

The Daily Mail believe Wenger is reinvigorated by last weekend's Wembley success and is ready to dramatically overhaul the first-team squad this summer to chase seven top transfer targets, including Karim Benzema and Lars Bender.

Benzema is a primary target as Wenger looks for a new striker to provide genuine competition to Olivier Giroud in attack, alongside Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic.

Bacary Sagna and Lukasz Fabianski are both widely expected to leave when their contracts expire next month, which means Wenger is also on the hunt for a new goalkeeper and right-back.

Southampton defender Callum Chambers and Manchester City's forgotten man Micah Richards top the list of players Wenger believe capable of replacing Sagna, along with Toulouse full-back Serge Aurier.

Central midfield is another area Wenger is desperate to strengthen and he has two players in mind for that position, with Saints again braced for interest in another top star as Arsenal consider a move for Morgan Schneiderlin.

Bayer Leverkusen linchpin Lars Bender also makes the shortlist thanks to a string of commanding Bundesliga performances, while Wenger is also still desperate to convince Sagna and Fabianski to stay at the Emirates before focusing attention on a lengthy summer shopping list.

Gunners fans are in for a treat this summer if Wenger manages to make the close season count in terms of landing stars capable of taking Arsenal to the next level, but signing players of that quality is easier said than done.

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