Arsene Wenger has dropped some hints over his plans for strengthening the squad this summer.
Asked about the quality of his attack given the performances of Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi against Southampton, the Arsenal manager said there seems to be no need for further additions in that department of the squad. He also said that there are young strikers coming through the ranks, and these new players will have to get some space and time on the pitch too.
Arsenal beat Southampton 3-2 in the Premier League on Sunday, just three days after their convincing Europa League win in the frost leg of the quarterfinal against CSKA Moscow. With seven goals scored in these two games, it seems the attack is functioning very well even with heavy rotation.
However, defensive problems arose again on Sunday, as a howling mistake by Shkodran Mustafi allowed the Saints to take lead at the Emirates. Even after the game was turned around, Southampton got back into it when Cedric Soares went past Calum Chambers with ease and squared the ball into the six-yard box, and the rest of Arsenal’s defence allowed Charlie Austin an easy tap-in.
The Gunners have been linked with Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, but with interest in the youngster coming from all around Europe, it won’t be easy to secure his signature.
The potential changes in the squad aside, the Evening Standard believe Wenger has potentially revealed his own intention when it comes to his future – his intention to stay at the club. By making plans for summer transfers, he seems to see himself staying at the helm. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen, and the club will certainly have their say on the situation as well.
But for the time being, Wenger probably intends to stay with the club and to oversee a defensive overhaul of the squad.