Arsene Wenger has offered a tantalising glimpse into the future for Arsenal fans by confirming he is targeting world-class players in this summer's transfer window.
The rhetoric from the Gunners boss is what those loyal to the club have come to expect. Wenger rarely admits where his areas of weakness lie in public, but instead chooses to say that he is always ready to upgrade when upgrades become available.
Fans are also used to being disappointed by Wenger's plan to only sign top, top quality players. In years gone by they have seen said top, top players like Robin van Persie leave, only to be replaced by unproven, unknown players like Olivier Giroud.
It is fair to say that Giroud has been a roaring success since joining from Montpellier, but he does not seem to have the attributes required to replace the defected Dutchman.
However, Arsenal's attitude towards spending has flipped on its head in recent years. Mesut Ozil arrived in 2013 and was followed by Alexis Sanchez in 2014. These are genuine world-class players and, better yet, were not brought in to replace exiting stars.
Having declared that he is once again ready to sign big-name players, Wenger's words can be taken with a much smaller pinch of salt than they have been previously.
The usual rhetoric, with a difference
“We have a big squad – the basis is there. We do not need to buy a number of players,” Wenger told Sky Sports after Arsenal's impressive 3-1 over relegation-threatened Hull City.
“If we can get top, world-class players we will look at it, but we have a very strong squad already in number and we want to stay together and start well next season.
“I feel that we have made progress. Chelsea is a worthy winner this year because they have been the most consistent team of all.
“Let’s finish well, then prepare well for next season and give them a good fight.”
Who will he be chasing?
The biggest problem with world-class players is that there are not many of them. To make matters worse, every club on the planet seems to be chasing them. Talk about a supply and demand problem.
Unfortunately, the truly world-class players–the ones that really make a difference on the global stage, are reserved for the Establishment of world football–your Real Madrids and your Barcelonas.
For Arsenal, they may have to settle for European-class, or possibly hemisphere-class if they get really lucky, like with Alexis Sanchez. But one world-class players seems to be within their grasp.
Petr Cech of Chelsea appears set on leaving Stamford Bridge and has reportedly been told by Jose Mourinho that he can leave for any club he likes, even a Premier League rival.
As luck would have it, the goalkeeping area is one of few that Arsenal fans have serious concerns about. Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina have been good, but by no means great.
The signing of Cech would bring an area of weakness right up to scratch. It is a deal that Wenger must not pass up.
Who are the world-class players you want to see arriving at Arsenal this summer?
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