Wenger’s 7-Man Summer Hit-List Revealed As Boss Plots £100m Spree

By on May 19, 2014

If the euphoria of winning the FA Cup wasn’t enough, we’ve woken this morning to widespread newspaper reports claiming that Arsene Wenger is set to sign a three-year contract extension and will be handed £100m to spend this summer.

The boss has delayed signing a new deal until after the FA Cup final, as he knew defeat to Hull would have made it extremely difficult for him to stay on as manager. Thankfully, he doesn’t have to worry as we managed to get the job done and end our nine-year drought.

The Daily Mail are one of several papers that claim Arsene will sign his new deal this week and will be given £100m to spend in the transfer market this summer with a striker, defensive midfielder and a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna his top priorities.

The Mail list seven players that are understood to be on Arsene’s hit-list this summer. In the striking department his key targets are Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandkukic.

In midfield Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender and Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin are favourites to replace Mikel Arteta in the middle of the park, with the ageing Spaniard expected to be relegated to a bit-part role next season.

Arsenal are still hopeful that an agreement can be found with Sagna but it’s looking increasingly likely he’ll leave when his contract expires next month leaving a huge void to fill at right-back. The newspaper claims that Toulouse’s Serge Aurier, Southampton’s Calum Chambers and Manchester City’s Micah Richards are all under consideration as potential replacements.

The boss was quizzed about his summer plans at the parade yesterday and he said that once the future’s of Sagna and Fabianski are resolved, he’ll look to bring in ‘two or three’ players. Wenger said:


‘First we have to wait for Sagna and see what he will do – also Fabianski. After we have to bring in two to three players to strengthen the squad, that’s for sure.’

For me, three is the minimum we need, before replacing any players who leave. A defensive midfielder, a pacey winger and a striker are all required. In addition, we’d need to replace Fabianski and Sagna if they leave, plus find suitable replacements if the likes of Vermaelen or Podolski are sold. That’s three to seven players.

In my ideal world, all of the above would stay and we’d sign Schneiderlin, Greizmann and Benzema. That would be a SUPERB summer, but we’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming weeks and months. I just hope we don’t leave it all until the last minute again.


  1. guess

    May 19, 2014 at 10:47 am

    The important need is for a young, quick striker

    • bc

      May 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

      We have a young quick striker in akpom. What we need is a dynamic world class striker like Cavani or at the very least mandzukic or benzema.

      But we do need to give up on trying to keep fabianski he is not worth the effort. There are plenty of good keepers out there and available, many on a free.

      I would certainly look at both full back areas as in my opinion sagna jenkinson gibbs and monreal should be 2nd choice at best.

      I o be honest I want wenger to scrap full backs altogether and go 3-5-2 sagna and jenkinson could challenge the other 3 centre backs. Whilst gibbs and monreal could try to become wingers.

      That would then mean wenger could focus on the striking department as we would have 5 centre backs fighting for 3 positions and a shed load of midfielders gibbs monreal increasing the numbers.

  2. kareem rasheed

    May 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Sagna should pls wait

  3. isyaku yau

    May 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

    don’let sagna nd podolski to go they are still relevant at arsenal.ep

  4. GILBO

    May 19, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I think Gibbs and Monreal are the weak links, get a top rated right back
    and make Gibbs the second choice right back.

    • Arsenal

      May 19, 2014 at 12:24 pm

      Gibbs is left back. Don’t drink too much before you comments here.

      • wean

        May 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

        Its seems this guy had a lot to drink cox of d victory lol…my ideal summer signing will be aurier, garay david marshal gundugan/cabaye, benzema, sanchez

  5. elewure

    May 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    To be honest, I thank God that arsenal ended their trophy drought eventually. Wenger should please change his tactics of not spending hugely on better players,paying pea nut as wages and sticking to underperfoming players. He should also vary match strategies according to opponent and not 4 2 3 1 formation for all matches. It makes good coaches read them and come up with strategies to stop them. let sagna go and find a better replacement.


    May 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Pls podolski shouldn’t sold,podolski is better than giroud in a striking role.


    May 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Podolski can be next van persie in arsenal.

  8. JTT

    May 19, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Best buy by far would be Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. Can play on right with pace when Walcott not available and as world class central striker, which would be his position if Barca played him there.

  9. Adeshina Tajudeen

    May 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    am real so happy dat Arsenal take f A cup

  10. Adeshina Tajudeen

    May 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    up arsenal

  11. Femi

    May 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    You got it spot on brother.

  12. ndyabagye hohn bosco

    May 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    It was after a very long Time but atleast we tot hops for next season and a good start.

  13. skiddy

    May 19, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    i fink we should bring back song, if not buy either bender or khedira, a winger that is shakiri, di maria or pedro one of them, a striker: javier hernandez or jese rodriguez, a center back whether vermalean leaves or not and for that steven caulker would do, a right back: either van der wiel or alves, a left back: either baines or adriano. Players who soulhd leave: sagna, arteta, sanogo ( should be loaned out ) and monreal

  14. wettaka alex

    May 20, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Hi,Sagna you leave at your own risk,Wenger is like your and arsenal more less your family. R ember were you came from and what you were.Arsenal still needs and you still need Arsenal too with guaranteed first team football.Ohhhhh!!! come on and sign the thing

  15. wettaka alex

    May 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Hi,Sagna you leave at your own risk,Wenger is like your father and arsenal more less your family. Remember were you came from and what you were.Arsenal still needs and you still need Arsenal too with guaranteed first team football.Ohhhhh!!! come on and sign the thing

  16. Greg Okwechime

    May 20, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Am everything needs planning, so wenger should be market conscious dis rather than waiting 4 outcomes before. D fans want 2 celebrate always

  17. ph fillezy

    May 20, 2014 at 10:13 am

    i wnt 2 see sagna leave ad buy seamus coleman.plz wenger put podoski,flamini,monreal,giroud,diaby on sale ad buy quality players like javier martines,angel di maria,fabregas,luke shaw,wilfred bony,sanchez.sanogo ad ginabry must be loaned.

  18. speed Abraham

    June 14, 2014 at 7:52 am

    i want to play for arsenal academy

  19. saeed ibrahim

    June 14, 2014 at 7:58 am

    i want to play arsenal academy

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