Why Arsene Wenger needs to splash the cash this summer

This last season saw a number of fan protests calling for the exit of Arsene Wenger. The 67-year-old manager has been criticized for his teams performances this season, as they failed to qualify for the Champions League and though they won the FA Cup by beating Chelsea, the calls still continued for Wenger to step down.

A few days later, it was confirmed that a two year deal had been signed, but with a caveat that Arsenal will do all they can to win on a high. The high at this moment is likely to be Premier Premier league victory. The last time an Arsenal fan witnessed an Arsenal player lifted the title was the Invincible victory of 2004, which has led 13 years of hurt and anger.

In that time, Chelsea have become the dominant force in the capital but last month’s win at Wembley offered a timely reminder to the Blues that if Arsenal want to play, they can defeat any team in the division. Wenger needs to buy quality players to launch an assault on the Europa League and Premier League next season, as the likes of Kylian Mbappe have been mooted.

However the lack of Champions League football is key, but an even bigger fish to fry will be the extension of the contracts of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez. The pair have only one year left on their deals, and if they remain at The Emirates next season, they will be let go on a free transfer.

Central defence remains a priority and the signing of Southampton defender, Virgil van Dijk should be a priority signing. The Saints centre back is one of the best players in the country and should be signed to complement the efforts of Koscielny and Mustafi.

In central midfield, a specialist defensive midfielder in the mould of Idrissa Gueye is needed. A player like that is needed to stop opposition attacks while a top class striker is needed to spearhead a title challenge.