The Daily Mirror are reporting that we could have up to £200m to spend in the summer, and it will be Arsene Wenger who will be the one spending it, despite our current disastrous form which sees us freefalling down the Premier League. To see what the bookies think of our chances, check out the betting top 10
Ahead of season ticket renewal time, they claim Ozil, Giroud, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere could be sold to boost the kitty, as Wenger looks to clear out the deadwood (surely there is more deader wood that than lot!) and rebuild our squad ahead of next season. Names being bandied about at the moment are (yawn…) Alexandre Lacazette, Wilfried Zaha, Jordan Pickford and Jack Butland as new keepers, plus rumours that Sanchez may stick around despite our current downward spiral.
There are rumours that Wenger could sign on for another two years, despite the latest backlash following our dismal 3-0 defeat away to Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace on Monday night, which saw us slump to a third hefty defeat on the road. The players were booed off, ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ was sung towards them, and the team bus was subject to a volley of abuse after the game.
Wenger is under increasing pressure, and many fans now want him out, but if the rumours of a two year extension are true, this will not sit well with many Arsenal fans who are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of leadership, direction and heart shown at our club at the moment.
We find ourselves in the unenviable position of playing last during this weekend’s games, with a visit to Middlesbrough as a chance to find some form from somewhere and get back to winning ways. We could find ourselves a whopping 24 points behind Chelsea before we play Boro, and what’s worse is we’d be 17 points behind Spurs with just 8 games left of what has been our worst season for many years.
We still have the FA Cup to play for, with a semi-final against Man City, but we’d still face Spurs or Chelsea in the final, and with the sort of form they are in, stranger things have happened but it’s a huge ask for the players to restore some pride with back to back Wembley wins to claim our only real chance of silverware.