Arsene Wenger has cash to splash this summer. Ok it may not be the £200 million benchmark that Arsenal director Lord Harris mentioned, but it’s a lot of money, enough to break the club’s transfer record they spent on Mesut Ozil – £42.5 million.
Reports suggest Wenger is keen to add a striker to the squad this summer to offer completion to Olivier Giroud, who himself endorsed the idea. Several top strikers have been linked with a move to the Emirates, including Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain, Alexandre Lacazette and Karim Benzema, with the Real Madrid striker topping Wenger’s list.
Walcott has entered the final year of his contract and has yet to sit down with the club to discuss a new deal – although he has said he is happy at Arsenal and also willing to play anywhere along the front three, rather than just the centre-forward role he was nagging about a few seasons ago.
But with the addition of a new striker, would Theo’s future at the club be thrown in doubt? Well the fact he hasn’t signed a new deal suggests so, and with Alexis Sanchez deployed mostly on the right wing, Theo is not regarded as a regular anymore.
As for Welbeck, well, the England international hasn’t exactly hit the ground running. We thought he was bought in to offer competition for Giroud and would feature as a centre-forward, but he has found himself on the left of the three more often than not since joining the Gunners last summer from Manchester United.
Eight goals in 34 appearances doesn’t exactly make for good reading and should a new forward be signed, Welbeck COULD find himself struggling to get into the side this season, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also back fit.
Besiktas are reportedly keen on the 24-year-old and although Wenger will be reluctant to sell after having Welbeck on the books for just one season, the Frenchman’s head could be turned if he manages to sign the striker he wants.
Signing a top, top frontman would be great to see this summer, but it could well spell the end for a current one.