Despite finishing in second place in the Premier League last time around, Arsene Wenger seems to have realised his need to spend big in the upcoming summer transfer window, if his side are to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. With Pep Guardiola’s arrival in Manchester only increasing competition for the Premier League crown next year, and with Jose Mourinho having moved to Old Trafford, Wenger faces an uphill task in winning his first title since 2004. Having already splashed the cash to bring in Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka from German Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for a reported £30million, Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy looked all but set to be Arsenal’s second summer recruit. The Gunners were confident of tying up a deal for the Premier League winner having triggered a release clause in the England man’s contract, but now face an anxious wait to find out the former Fleetwood Town strikers answer.
With Danny Wellbeck having been ruled out of the upcoming European Championships with a long term injury, coupled with Olivier Giroud’s frustrating season in front of goal, the need for fresh attacking options has heightened for Arsene Wenger. The potential arrival of Vardy would certainly offer a more potent goal threat for the Gunners, with the Leicester man finding the back of the net on 24 occasions last term. Arsenal are given Premier League odds of 5/1 by bookmakers Coral for next season’s competition, behind Manchester rivals City and United, with a lack of strength in depth hindering Wenger’s men’s chances in the past.
Keeping hold of Hector Bellerin could well be one of Wengers’ biggest challenges during the off season, as the defender who was among the standout performers for the Gunners this year, continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona and Manchester City. Bellerin is part of the Spain squad for the upcoming European Championships in France this summer, with his team among the favourites for the tournament. You can find out their odds at Coral, with Vicente Del Bosque’s men looking to successfully defend their title.
Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko has recently expressed his desire to move to the Emirates from recently relegated Newcastle United. However, after a poor season in the Premier League, Wenger is unlikely to make a move for his compatriot ahead of other targets. Sissoko will join Laurent Koscielny and Oliver Giroud in the French squad for Euro 2016, where the hosts are the 3/1 favourites for glory with Coral.