If you believe what the papers say then Arsenal are going to hand Arsene Wenger anything from £35 million up to over £50 million to spend on players in the January transfer window. Latest reports suggest that Le Prof is carefully considering whether to spend it or not.
Arsenal fans the world over could provide a quick and easy answer to that question, of course you spend it Arsene. We have heard Wenger saying that he would only buy players that he thought would improve the team and the squad size has to be taken into account, but surely he can think of at least one player.
There may be more to this than he is saying. Perhaps I am being too optimistic, but Wenger could be saving the money for somebody who is not available in January. He has always said that the winter transfer window is a strange beast and has never been keen on it as it smacks of desperation.
Two players who are widely thought to be moving on from their current clubs but not until the summer are, Radamel Falcao and Robert Lewandowski. Athletico Madrid’s star striker is undoubtedly brilliant, but he would take all of the money that Arsenal have got and perhaps more.
There is likely to be a fierce bidding war for Falcao and I cannot see Wenger getting in to that. Lewandowski, on the other hand, will be much cheaper and will have just a year remaining on his contract. He looks like Wenger’s type of player and is two years younger than Falcao.
The transfer of Lewandowski from Dortmund would also leave enough money for Wenger to buy another couple of good players, depending on where Wenger thinks Arsenal need strengthening. Best of all, it would get right up the noses of Manchester United and Alex Ferguson who have made the Polish striker their main target for next summer.
Having said that, Arsene normally springs a surprise with his transfer dealings, so anything could happen come January. What do you think Gooners?