Tony Cascarino has tipped Arsenal to sign up to three new players in the next transfer window.
The Gunners have done well under Mikel Arteta since he became their manager last year, however, they have just been eliminated from the Europa League and that would have affected their momentum.
Cascarino doesn’t expect Arsenal to spend too much cash in the next transfer window, but he believes that Mikel Arteta will identify the problem areas on his team and sign the necessary players to strengthen those positions.
“If you don’t make the Champions League you have to look hard, really dissect, your recruitment and how you’ve gone about it, what you’ve spent, type of players you’ve brought in with the type of mentality, and the wage bill has to be looked at as well,” Cascarino said as quoted by the Express
“So I think there are areas that they have to adjust to because there are many clubs in Europe who have been in this situation, who are big clubs that are expected to challenge for Champions League spots.
“Arsenal I think under Arteta are going to have a new dynamic, I think there won’t be massive signings, I think they will have a certain budget they’ll stay to and he’ll find two or three really good players that will do the job that’s required from him, how he wants to play.
“I think it’s a big challenge.”
The exit from the Europa League did hurt the Gunners and it has also probably hurt their chances of keeping hold of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Arsenal wants to keep the attacker at all cost, and that may include signing some top quality players to convince him that they mean business but finances will be a huge issue unless there is a significant clear out.
It is also questionable if three new signings will be enough to turn this Arsenal squad into any sort of challengers for major silverware.
We may sign three, four or five, but will we sign the right ones is the question.Socrates, Mustafi, Chambers, Luiz should never have been signed at all. Kolasinac as a back up is okay, not as a sure starter. Elneny, Mkhitaryan, Xhaka are not AFC material. Ozil and Torrera were a risk which was going to fail sometime. Ozil’s first contract was okay, one season wonder, just the name makes up for the rest of his short comings. Lacazette was never a 30 goal a season player. Pepe, I can give him this year. The only success in our signings in recent years is Auba and Martenelli. Either our scouting is poor or the coach/manager recommendations were wrong, end result is that we posted a loss of 27M. Sad for a club of our stature. Even more sad is the fact that the Liverpool C team/youth team beat our senior squad in the league cup, whereas Watford stopped the unbeaten run. Some Gunners were celebrating, I felt sad thinking how low is our quality as a team that we could not beat the youth team of LFC.
Yiuth team beaten by youth not seniour team
I’m sure that we will buy more than 3 players,if MA manages to sell the players he thinks are not up it we could recoup a decent amount to reinvest in the squad,when he first came in he did the right thing to give everyone a clean slate especially senior players like ozil,Mustaphi…. to stop the toxic atmosphere and he needed them for the rest of the season but that doesn’t mean that he won’t sell some of them,I can see a proper clear out during the summer,I can’t remember how many players were offloaded last summer but it was in the double digits,more of the same is what we need.