The 5 Players Wenger Should Spend His £90m ‘Warchest’ On

By on August 23, 2013

It was widely reported that Arsene Wenger had £70m to spend at the start of the summer and following the sales of Vito Mannone and Gervinho, that figure has grown by a further £10m to around £80m.

Reports today also link Lukas Podolski with an £11m move away from the club, which if true, takes Wenger’s potential transfer budget beyond £90m.

The boss confirmed he’ll be active in the market during these last 10 days and we’ve been linked with a whole host of big names. Assuming he’ll have the full £90m to reinvest, here are the five players I’d love to see the boss sign before the window closes:

Karim Benzema – Real Madrid – £40m

The 25-year-old Frenchman is a real ‘dream’ signing for me. He’s exactly the type of striker we’ve been crying out for, we know Wenger has a soft spot for him and if Madrid want to sell to raise funds for Suarez, then I’m hoping we can get this one done.

Benzema has been getting a hard time from the Bernabeu crowd recently and a Sky Sports reporter just said he’s asked to leave. If this is true, I hope we’re at the front of the queue for him. Reports in recent days suggest we’re in talks and we know Wenger is keen to buy a marquee striker.

Angel Di Maria – Real Madrid – £25m

Reports this morning suggest we’re in for Di Maria and Madrid are prepared to sell for £25m, with the player also said to have asked to leave Madrid. With Podolski (possibly) on the way out, Di Maria could slot in on the left wing. Swapping Podolski for Di Maria would certainly be an upgrade if you ask me and the Argentine would be a real hit at the Emirates.

Julio Cesar – QPR – £2m

If we want a new goalkeeper like the papers keep suggesting, then I think we should snap up Julio Cesar. He’s proven in the Premier League, would be a bargain at around £2m, he’d jump at the chance to join us and QPR are desperate to get his wages off the books. There’s talk he’s close to joining Benfica so we’d have to act fast. A more expensive alternative would be Asmir Begovic but he’ll most likely cost around £12m-£15m.

Micah Richards – Man City – £8m

A boyhood Gooner, big, strong and versatile, Richard’s would be a great addition. He could play right back or centre back and has plenty of experience in the Prem. He doesn’t get in at City and reports suggest they are prepared to sell for £10m. I reckon we could get him for £8m. His injury record is a concern though, so a more than able back-up option would be Sakho from PSG. He’s also available for around £10m and has asked to leave the club to get regular game-time.

Geoffrey Kondogbia – Sevilla – £15m

A beast of a defensive midfielder, Kondogbia has a reported buy-out clause of around £15m. Monaco are also sniffing around but I think the Frenchman would be an ideal signing for The Arsenal. He’s well over 6 foot and has drawn comparisons to a certain Patrick Vieira. If he becomes half the player Paddy did, we’d be laughing. At 20-years-old he could solve our defensive midfield position for years to come. Or at least until we sold him to City, United or Barcelona!

So that lot would set us back around £90m. Clearly we won’t sign ALL five of them, in fact in reality we probably won’t sign any of them, but we can all dream.

The big two are Benzema and Di Maria. If reports suggesting they want out of Madrid are accurate, we have a chance. I don’t think they’ll sell Benzema without having a replacement lined up and the most likely is Luis Suarez, so Liverpool could play a huge part in this.

10 days left Arsene, these are my ‘dream’ signings. Don’t let me down!

Who would you like the club to buy? Who would you spend £90m on?


  1. tinkha kafumba

    August 23, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    This sounds good

  2. arsenal-steve

    August 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Wenger has now said the ‘warchest’ is smaller tha has been said. All our dreams will be squashed and that is for certain. He REALLY does not care or like supporters. Expect no joy from him.

  3. lol

    August 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    buy marco reus. awesome player

  4. adeleye opeyemi

    August 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    No Quality in market but dis man cn sign any free player’s

  5. Morrygooner

    August 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Benzema,Di Maria,Begovic,Sakho and either Cabaye or Kondogbia can improve on our team.

  6. hokuspokus

    August 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    To good to be true to sign these players,AW the knob has no intention of getting in big names he and gazidis has to go really getting sick of the club the way it is been run,more like been run into the ground by these fools get the YANK aswell he hasnt a clue on what hes doing…i dont know why he doesnt go for jackson martinez or is he really scared of marquee signings.its all a lost cause at the Emirates something major has to be done

  7. Morrygooner

    August 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Since we are signing Flamini, then let us add on Cabaye, Benzema,Di Maria, then hope that we will be injury free. Definitely we can be title contenders with those signings.

  8. mac ayuel

    August 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Makes things happen.

  9. Nizam

    August 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Improve the defence and stop the endless passing and shoot like Ramsey
    in the cl .Wenger betters stop dreaming of playing soccer to win games. I won’t work. Chelsea showed how to the cl by ugly soccer .Wenger shd get off his high horse and play direct as in the cl.
    If Arsenal play in the usual style don’t be surprised Berbatov will score a hattrick.
    Last season’s 3-3 draw should serve as a warning.

  10. Uzootimevarist

    August 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    If you ask me, kondogbia is stil raw and unproven @ high level and richards is rather a cover than an upgrade..i suggest the folloing players with the £90m warchest-Benzema(£40m), louis nani(£8M), cabaye(£12M), lars bender(£22M), williams(£10M), caesar(£2M)……the line-up will be ………………………CAESAR………………………. ….MERTESACKER WILLIAMS….. SAGNA MONREAL …………………BENDER…………………………….. ……………….. WILSHERE…………………. CAZORLA WALCOTT BENZEMA DI MARI

    • Abdullahi babatunde

      August 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      I like d squad. Always Gunners?

  11. Samuel

    August 23, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    4 wer: wenger sign does dude? U r dreaming our wenger wil nt spend sure cash on dem! Buh 2 me does players would boost our squad 2 challenged 4 trophy! Di-Maria wil understand Benzema n both wil fit in arsenal style of games! Buh let pray 4 wenger 2 sign “cesar,William,bender,Benzeme” 1st! Up Gunners! Add m up @ 2go:Emilioholly , Facebook:Samuelikenna92

  12. Gunner

    August 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Wenger is quoted today as saying that we may not have as much money to spend as is being reported. This whole ‘warchest’ crap is just media nonsense, they (or you) dont know how much we’ve got to spend

  13. karis

    August 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    DI MARIA, yes, am not too sure about benzima. anyone benched by Madrid is not good enough for Arsenal

  14. hokuspokus

    August 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    wilshire on your bike then u can be replaced he must be a wenger fan lmao these kids need to grow up its a game managers come and go players come and go or is there more to wilshire and wenger that we dont know about :s lol :p

  15. Olanrewaju

    August 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Arsene dey finger all of una brain…. STOP DREAMING BROTHERs, pray for miracle to eject those IDIOTs (coach/board) out of Arsenal’s life or be of da believe dat maybe ur child(ren) or Grandchild(ren) will enjoy arsenal if we aren’t. As for me I believe or trust NOT.

  16. Myke keyzz

    August 24, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Wenger spend wich money,una de dream be d@,well let’s see how diz last 10 days gets on..

  17. olanrewaju

    August 24, 2013 at 6:20 am

    8Day to go

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  19. mystic

    August 27, 2013 at 12:12 am

    Under no circumstances would I sell Podolski;
    1) he proved last season (and already this) that he has an eye for goal;
    2) to let a decent squad player leave would simply destroy the whole pretence that Arsenal were not still a selling club.


    August 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm


  21. Rok

    August 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Rooney £30m (Great addition, because we only have Giroud)
    Williams £10m (we need four CBs, and Williams would be great back-up)
    Fellaini £25m (beast of a defensive midfielder)
    Cesar £2m (competition for Szczesny for 2 season until he become more mature player)
    Flamini free (just to boolster our squad in depth)

    Our Squad with new addition in quality order:

    GK:, Szczesny, Fabianski
    RB: Sagna, Jenkinson
    CB: Koscielny, Mertesacker, Vermaelen,
    LB: Gibbs, Monreal
    CDM: , Arteta,
    CAM: Wilshere, Cazorla, Ramsey, Rosicky
    RW: Walcott, Chamberlain
    ST: , Giroud, Sanogo
    LW: Podolski, Miyaichi

  22. joseph

    August 27, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    thats no depth.We need depth man to cover up in case of injuries.

  23. Alex McGregor

    August 28, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    If we could pull off all five signings, we would win the title for sure. Wenger, splash the cash!

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