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Hamsik in one name to have cropped up recentlySix successive seasons without a trophy is disappointing for a club of Arsenal’s stature, but chief executive Ivan Gazidis stresses that “we’ve got a substantial amount of money that we can invest”.

The Gunners have not had much glory since the 2003/04 season, where they earned the moniker of the ‘Invincibles’ for winning the Premier League title without losing a single match.

Last season, however, Arsenal finished fourth, not even achieving automatic qualification for the Champions League group stage. Couple this with the fact that star midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri both look set to leave the Emirates, and Arsenal’s future does not look promising.

However Gazidis states “we still will be active in this window, we haven’t finished our business at all. The important thing for us, which can be frustrating, is not doing it only in response to a public clamour but in a way that can positively impact our performance next year. That’s the focus now.”

Such words should provide some comfort to disappointed Gunners fans and Arsene Wenger has already signed Ivorian international striker Gervinho from French champions Lille.

Another potential target for the Gunners is Slovakian international midfielder Marek Hamsik. The Napoli star, who is being chased by many top European clubs, is seen as the ideal replacement for Cesc Fabregas, though the staggering £83.7m price tag slapped on him by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis will put Wenger off.

A more realistic target is 17 year old Southampton wonderkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who is valued at £12m and has been quoted to say that he is ready to play in the Premier League. His 10 goals and 2 assists helped the Saints gain promotion to the Championship last season and signing him would certainly match Wenger’s ethos of signing talented young stars.

Reports suggest that the transfer kitty available to Wenger will be around £35m, and that will be bolstered if they sell Fabregas or Nasri. However Wenger would like to keep both at the club, but with Barcelona and Manchester City circling, the Gunners’ resolve will truly be tested in the next few days.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Speed Gun

    July 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    We have heard that before … Surprising they keep dishing out the same crap. I predict Arsenal will not qualify for CL next season. Any takers?

  2. XxBodyThiefxX

    July 20, 2011 at 5:11 AM

    Mark, PLEASE take the time of rummaging through Arsenal’s news on its website… Cesc is going NOWHERE ANYTIME SOON and Wenger will keep Nasri – at least – until next year (when his contract runs out and he plays a “Flamini” trump card).

    Arséne has been grooming both Aaron Ramsey AND Jack Wilshere for a possible takeover of Cesc’s creative role position, so – even if both Cesc and Nasri DO leave next season – Arséne will HARDLY splash over EIGHTY MILLION POUNDS on a player like Hamsik.

    If you had taken the time to look at some of the articles on Arsenal’s website, you’d have realized that Arséne is (frugally) interested in players that represent a SUBSTANTIALLY lower investment, diamonds-in-the-rough that Arséne can mold from a (relatively) young age to sell off for a bundle 3 or 4 years down the line – Hamsik HARDLY fits the Arséne mold, wouldn’t you say…?

  3. J

    July 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    35 million plus the sale of Fabregas (another 35-40 million) plus eventual sale of Nasri (25 million) gives a transfer kitty of close to 100 million. That should buy two decent central defenders (10 million each) a defensive midfielder (also about 10m) a creative midfielder (25 m or thereabouts) a good goalie (7.5 million) and a world class striker.
    Maybe they should sell Fab and Nasri (even though I think they are class) and rebuild the team in this way. Selling unnecessary players (Diaby, Almunia, Bendtner etc.) should just free up extra funding.

  4. Ishmael sierra leone

    July 22, 2011 at 3:08 AM

    gunners! let’s keep the faith. I for sure am not gonna change. I just like the beautiful game. I will prefer samba in defence, and will like to see the back of a supposed captain crying to leave. I think we need a top class keeper, a recognised goal scorer and a creative player like Ribery . Up gunners.

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