According to the Telegraph, the next Arsenal boss will have just £50million to spend next summer in the transfer market.
The Gunners spent heavily in January signing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and before that on French striker Alexandre Lacazette. The north London club hierarchy will be aware that the likes Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and another January arrival Henrikh Mkhitaryan are all on big contracts.
However, they are also sold the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud, which will have cut the wage bill dramatically.
Squad needs rebuilding
The Telegraph article claims that this summer’s transfer business will focus on signing central defenders and central midfielders, which have been weak points of the Gunners team for years.
However, as the last few seasons have proven the Gunners squad needs a good rebuild. While the attacking options for next season are pretty good, the goalkeeping position, as well the left-back options need improving this summer.
Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech is now starting to show his age. This season has seen errors on a more regular basis from the former Chelsea stopper. Cech is reaching the end of the road as a top-flight player. The new boss must seek new goalkeeping options.
Spanish international left-back Nacho Monreal has enjoyed another solid season but has spent much of the campaign at centre-back. Bosnian and Herzegovina star Sead Kolasinac has been in and out of the team, while young Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been playing out of position at left-back.
I doubt that £50million is going to bring the Gunners the quality that they need to challenge for the top-four in the near future, let alone the Premier League title, which is their ultimate goal.
Raise money from the sale of players
The new boss could always raise money from the sale of players. Germany international centre-back Shkodran Mustafi has failed to impress since his arrival from Valencia and looks like a candidate to leave north London this summer.
Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin is constantly linked with an exit. However, if the Gunners do sell the youngster, they have no quality cover at right-back.
In reality, it is hard to see that many Arsenal players attracting the attention of buyers this summer. None that would significantly boost the transfer coffers apart the aforementioned pair.
A big challenge ahead
Whoever is appointed the next Arsenal boss, they have a mammoth challenge attempting to turn the Gunners into a team that challenges at the very top of the game again.
Some bosses may be put off by the fact that they are unlikely to have big money to spend. However, some may fancy the challenge of managing Arsenal, a club who have never really spent big in comparison to their rivals.
If the £50million transfer budget is true, then Arsenal could have a long wait to get back to the top, because a number of their rivals will strengthen again this summer and leave Arsenal even further behind in terms of quality.
Will the new Arsenal boss only have £50million to spend?