Wenger’s Summer Shopping List: Jovetic, Gotze, Capoue & Begovic

By on February 28, 2013

It could be an exciting summer ahead Gooners. Well, if you believe what the Telegraph are reporting today, then it certainly should be!

After years of losing our best players and failing to compete for the best players, it seems we may finally be ready to break our strict wage structure and pay what it takes to sign some top talent.

The Telegraph claim that Arsenal are now willing to pay up to £140,000-a-week in wages, quite the jump from the current ceiling of £100,00-a-week that Walcott and Podolski are believed to earn, and Arsene Wenger is understood to have drawn up an impressive list of summer targets.

Armed with a £70m transfer budget, the boss is believed to have his eye on Fiorentina striker Stefan Jovetic, Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze and Toulouse defensive midfielder Etienne Capoue. A new goalkeeper to compete with Szczesny is also said to be on the agenda with Stoke City’s Asmir Begovic and Liverpool’s Pepe Reina on the shortlist of targets.

Arsenal recently announced their latest financial figures that show we’ve got cash reserves totalling £123m and the accounts will be further boosted by the new Emirates deal as well as other commercial contracts, so the boss has no excuses not to spend some serious cash this summer.

To make room for the new talent, we’re going to try and offload more of the ‘deadwood’ with Nicklas Bendtner, Andre Santos, Marouane Chamakh, Johan Djourou and Park Chu-young all being made available for transfer while Sebastien Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin will leave on free transfers when their rather expensive contracts expire at the end of the season.

If the boss can pull this all off, we’ll have a squad capable of challenging for trophies next season. Shifting the average squad players out and replacing them with the likes of Jovetic, Gotze, Capoue and Begovic would transform the squad. No doubt about it.

But it all sounds a bit too good to be true if you ask me. The only thing that gives me hope is it’s coming from the Telegraph. I respect their journalism more than, say, if it was written in the Sun newspaper!

Could we manage to lure that quarter to the Emirates though? Capoue and Begovic should be within reach, even if we fail to finish in the top four, but I think we’d struggled to persuade Jovetic or particularly Gotze to come to north London if we can’t offer them Champions League football.

I can see this being a defining summer for Wenger. He’s finally admitted he has money to spend, we’re clearly well short of having a squad capable of challenging for trophies (surely even Arsene can see that) so he has no excuse’s left for not going out and signing the players we need to get us back where we belong.

If he fails to do so,  I’m afraid I can see another frustrating season next year with more and more fans turning on the boss.

Do you think Wenger will sign some top quality players this summer? If so, who would you like to see come in?


  1. james

    February 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    the truth is can’t trust wenger when it comes to signing top quality players. he will definitely sign players but i still have my doubts concerning the quality of players he will bring in

    • ray

      February 28, 2013 at 8:16 pm

      I agree with you james,I don’t see anything like that happening have been closely monitoring our transfer windows so far and have been disappointed on that if you are an arsenal fan prepare for more heartbreaks when it comes to buying players.

    • RoughChops

      March 1, 2013 at 6:06 am

      You have doubts about the quality that Arsene Wengers buys? I am amazed at this statement.
      Cazorla, Podolski, Arteta, Mertesacher… You have doubts. You must be a Tottenham troll!

  2. zakariyau jelyll

    February 28, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I hope Wenger will not fooling us wit all d big names he’s intend 2 buy coming dis transfer l will love it if his promises are fulfilled

  3. conaine

    February 28, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I understand wengers philosophy about the club,but the game has changed drastically over the years and its clear to see these days in order to challenge for trophies you need to spend.I think we are really short at the back and the goalkeeper nobody is looking at is Khune(south Africa) he is much cheaper than any GK of that calibre.he has 19 assists this season and is sensational between the sticks,so if Wenger really wants value for money,this is the man.

  4. ben

    February 28, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    a keeper – 19 assists?

    • conaine

      February 28, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      Check the stats for the PSL(South Africa)

  5. ben

    February 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    How does a keeper get 19 assists?

    how does he set up so many goals ??

    It all sounds a bit mental

  6. Rahmon

    February 28, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    To my little understand i believe the team don’t have must problem like the team manager,
    is the major problem?

  7. conaine

    February 28, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    His perfect distribution is the key to his assists

  8. Simon

    February 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I actually believe wenger will spend the stadium is finally gonna be paid off and he was in germany 4 werks back talking to dortmund so i do expect some big signings but we do definatly need a top keeper

  9. Simon

    February 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    stiker = david villa
    D midfielder = wanyama
    A midfielder = goatze
    Goalkeeper = sketlenburg ( think thats how u spell it lol )

  10. salim m nasir

    February 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Wenger is a great layer and I will never trust him again coz he’s a fool.idiot

  11. Simon

    February 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    With a name like salim m nasir i think he thinks your a idiot , you crack me up every club would want wenger he is doing a great job , people need to look at the board and not wenger as its down to them to sanction moves in and away to the club

  12. Malaysian gunner

    February 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    It’s no use getting wc players if the defence is not fixed.As said Brazil were a very strong attacking side of 1982 but were undone by a poor defence . This coupled with their intinct to attack all the time was the cause of their demise.
    I am afraid Arsenal fall into this category and if Wenger doesn’t temper his attacking style,the gunners won’t win anything even with eleven wc players,believe me.

  13. Ted

    March 1, 2013 at 12:25 am

    We need to some quality and I like the list, but if we do not finish top 4 it will be difficult. Why would Gotze leave champs league football for Arsenal? However if Arsenal finish top 4, then we should get some good talent…..if Wenger opens the wallet

  14. Malaysian gunner

    March 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

    He will plan for the future in three make it five years time. The problem is he started project y in 2005. By right he shd have deliverd by 2010.Sad to say this trend looks like continuing if he signs guys like Vela,Denilson all wc potntial. Sadly they have failed to deliver so the onus is on Wenger.

  15. Kingsley

    March 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Well if wenger cm do it dat will b very gud bt I doubt it cos I kwn wot he cn do

  16. gazy

    March 1, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    in arsene we trust next summer let we see in emirate a player who have quality just like jovetic gotze asmir for goal keeping mcarty young central milfielder who currently play at DW Stadium

  17. Jabir husen sagagi

    March 1, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    This is like a game,i will not trust wenger again

  18. Marco

    March 2, 2013 at 12:41 am

    We need a sound and a commanding english central defender, a defensive midfielder(Fellani cud do the job)WC Keeper maybe BEGOVIC, Reina NO, Gotze and David Villa, there are 2slick…if Wenger can’t get Gotze it’s not much of a problem we gat lots of options in Jack,Ramsey,Arteta,Carzola,Rosicky,OX

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