According to The Mirror, the Arsenal board are set to finally scrap their wage cap which has been restricting top class talent from staying/ arriving at the Emirates and spend big in the transfer window in a bid to retain their star striker Robin Van Persie.
The Gunners crashed out of the FA Cup on Saturday which essentially signals a seventh consecutive year without a trophy after the 4-0 drumming away to AC Milan blew their hopes of Champions League glory.
The North London side are currently sit fourth in the Premier League, 17 points off the pace, and have a real fight on their hands to finish in a Champions League qualification place.
So now according to reports the Arsenal board are prepared to sanction a spending spree this summer in order to get the club back on track. It has been an ongoing situation every summer for the North London club to sell a top class player without re-spending the transfer fee that they receive, instead focusing on developing youth and putting in faith in other squad members.
The current contract situation with Van Persie is looming and it looks set that the Gunners will have to engage in a tug-of-war match with their biggest rivals to keep one of the top strikers in the world in their dressing room, but now Wenger will be given the green light to splash more cash on wages and entice the star Dutchman to stay.
The Frenchman also has at least £50 million to spend after the summer sales of key duo Fabregas and Nasri, and it is believed that top transfer targets such as Eden Hazard of Lille and Mario Goetze of Borussia Dortmund may well be brought in this summer.
This is probably the most exciting rumour that Gooners would have heard in years that the club has finally decided to stop selling their best players and buy some top quality ones that can perform at the highest level even if it comes at a high price.
Since the turn of the year the performances have been extremely average (not to mention the beginning of this season), despite the Blackburn thrashing and perhaps the Aston Villa comeback it’s apparent that the current Gunners squad is insufficient to challenge with the best. Wenger isn’t the problem, rather the strict financial situation he is placed in by the Arsenal board who are doing everything they can to repay the Emirates Stadium mortgage. But if they want supporters at matches then they need to change their approach and soon.
Could this summer be the beginning of a new era for the Gunners? If they manage to hold on to Van Persie and acquire some high calibre players then next season could well be an exciting one.