It is widely reported that the Arsenal board are going to hand Arsene Wenger a significant amount of money to spend in the transfer market this summer. The amount usually suggested is around £70 million, but there has been talk that this amount will be reduced if the Gunners do not finish in the top four because of the loss of revenue from the Champions League.
Wenger said last week that he was concerned about the spending power of Chelsea, while a number of other clubs, such as Man City, Barcelona, PSG and Real Madrid are likely to be trying to land some big name players as well. There is real concern among Arsenal fans that we will struggle to attract players of the right calibre to push us forward and allow us to properly compete for the Premier League title and other honours.
Two stories in the newspapers today caught my eye and gave me reason to hope that the prospect of the world cup in Rio next summer could be a real help to Arsenal. The Mirror reports that David Villa wants to leave Barcelona in the summer because his lack of playing opportunities under Tito Vilanova is damaging his chances of playing for Spain. Likewise, according to the Mail, Joleon Lescott is thinking of calling time on his Man City career for the same reason.
Surely there are a number of players who are thinking about the glamour and prestige of an international tournament in Brazil and wanting to play as much as possible, especially if they have turned 30 like Villa and Lescott. For instance, if Iker Casillas cannot win back his regular starting place at Real Madrid, he will not play for Spain. Should Wenger keep this in mind when he is deciding on his transfer targets?