Arsenal fans were excited that manager Arsene Wenger loosed the purse strings a bit in the summer transfer window when he splashed out 60million pounds on d new players (Sanchez, Debuchy, Chambers, Ospina and Welbeck) but they were still left reeling over Le Prof’s failure to buy a replacement centre back for departed captain Thomas Vermaelen and also a defensive midfielder that the midfield had been clamouring for, for ages.
Wenger tried to bring in Cavarlho but he couldn’t match the fee demanded by Sporting but the aggrieved fans felt having 170million Pounds ( balance of 110million Pounds) meant Arsenal should bought Cavarlho and Manolas even if it meant meeting their release clauses.
Ahead of the winter transfer window when fans would expect another cash splurge to address those situations, a club source has come out clean on the true state of the warchest available to Wenger. According to him, Wenger has just 30million Pounds to spend on new recruits in January.
“It’s not correct that Arsenal currently have £170m available to spend,” he said.
“That was the amount ‘in the bank’ on May 31. Since then the club have spent a net £60m on players, with much of the remaining funds needed to cover costs across the season. So the actual figure is closer to £30m.”
This revelation is certainly a blow to those hoping for another spending spree in the summer. Despite the available amount been a far cry from what was initially thought as available, maybe not enough to pursue luxuries like Draxler and Cavani, it is still enough to land necessities like Khedira, Schneiderlin or Cavarlho. The obvious gaping holes in the team is the defensive midfield and centre back positions, getting Cavarlho would solve both problems in one breath but should Wenger opt for Khedira who might be available for a knock down fee, there would still be ample left to land a versatile defender who would a decent enough back up for the duo of Koscielny and Mertesacker.