Arsene Wenger has given an early indication on how he plans to carry out his transfer business this summer, confirming just how many players he’s targeting.
The Gunners boss has said that in this case three is the magic number and he will work around the market with that philosophy to bring in the very best talent.
At 67 years of age and playing host to a rocky atmosphere from a demanding set of supporters, the 2016/17 campaign looks to be the Frenchman’s last in control.
If he finds himself falling short with this squad again then there will be no more excuses, on the other hand if he picks up trophies there’s the chance to leave over 20 years in North London on a high.
Speaking ahead of the 4-0 drubbing of Aston Villa on the weekend, Wenger admitted that with three players waving goodbye to the Emirates it was time to spend.
We want to keep the squad stable over the summer while strengthening where possible.
You want the group to be stimulated and to believe that we have improved the quality.
I must say, we want to combine technical stability with players that we know want to play and know our game.
Maybe bring in three players for example. That’s the right level for me.
Sunday afternoon saw each of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Rosicky hang up their red and white shirts, so that’s experience in midfield and the changing room we’ve lost.
On the brighter side it free’s up a lot of cash in wages, and it’s likely that a large segment of that money will be used to get the Granit Xhaka deal over the line.
The Borussia Monchengladbach man is hopeful of sorting his future ahead of the Euro’s which is good news for both the content of Arsenal fans and the Gunners pre-season plans.
With the recent loss of Danny Welbeck, who will miss at least nine months with a knee injury, attention is already turning to who Wenger might target to lead our line.
As if it was an omen, the number nine shirt remains vacant following the departure of Lukas Podolski, so fans will be expecting a top-level name to come in and fill it.
Also on the agenda for Wenger to look at is central defence, with Mertesacker looking ropy in the final third of the season, it’s important to have depth in a position we’ve faltered in so many times before.