Arsenal fans have a much better idea of what their summer plans are likely to be today. Reputable English journo Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph dropped all sorts of juicy tidbits today that are likely to pique the interest of Gunners. Much to the chagrin of SPEND MOAR MONEY brigade, Wilson reports that Wenger will "only" have around £75 million available to him in the transfer market.
First, he confirmed what we thought earlier - that Granit Xhaka is, in fact, our no. 1 transfer target of the summer. This is an independent, English media source basically confirming what multiple German outlets have reported. Wilson reports that chief Arsenal scout Steve Rowley has been personally scouting the Swiss international, and that Wenger has been looking at other midfielders and centerbacks as well.
Wilson reiterated his earlier report that Gedion Zelalem, you know, the American wunderkind on loan to Rangers, will get a shot to earn a first-team spot in central midfield. While the youngster has not received as much playing time of late as one might hope, he still is clearly in Wenger's long-term plans.
Also, it appears that Arsenal will continue to spend big, relatively speaking, to bring top young talent to The Emirates. Last summer brought in JEFF (Reine-Adelaide) and Donyell Malen, among others. Wilson reports that this summer, the Gunners are looking to bring in Myron Boadu from AZ Alkmaar, Ben Chilwell from Leicester City (currently on loan with Huddersfield Town), Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, and Domingos "Don't Call Me Quinoa" Quina, formerly of Chelsea. Clearly, Arsenal is investing heavily in youth as a strategy to avoid having to pay astronomical fees for these players two or three years down the road when they blow up.
So, what say you? Are Xhaka, Zelalem, and LANS Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla good enough additions to our current central midfield? Who would you target at center back? Is that really the position most in need of help other than central midfield? Embrace Debate™ here in the comments.