It’s not often that Arsene Wenger lets the cat out of the bag when it comes to summer signings, but he seemed to do exactly that on Tuesday night.
Following Arsenal’s convincing 2-0 win over Sunderland that keeps them within one point of Champions League football, the Gunners boss let something slip.
He confirmed that Arsenal will not move for the highly-rated Jordan Pickford in the upcoming transfer window, a player who’s been heavily linked to the Emirates.
The 23-year-old has been the Black Cats’ shining light this season and if it wasn’t for some crucial games they may have found themselves relegated at Christmas!
Pickford is far too good to be playing Championship football next season, which has prompted links to the likes of Liverpool, Everton and of course, Arsenal.
There are doubts over David Ospina’s future whilst Petr Cech has come under fire on more than one occasion this season, but Wenger see’s no reason to move for Pickford:
We have Cech, we have Ospina, we have Wojciech, who is on loan at Roma and has had an exceptional season.
We also have Emi Martinez. If there is one thing we don’t have to buy it’s a goalkeeper.
It also pretty much confirms that Arsenal aren’t in the hunt for Joe Hart, who will look for a more permanent option away from Man City this summer.
As for Wenger’s comments in recent weeks, there’s strong suggestions to see that he’s planning for the future already, which means we could be seeing more of him.
He’s refused to comment on the early signing of Sead Kolasinac, but having undergone meetings with the board about potential targets, it’s clear that Wenger will be here next season in my opinion.
Arsenal face Everton on Sunday afternoon in what is a must-win game, whilst needing a helping hand from Middlesbrough who play Liverpool.