Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke to back Edu with ‘significant outlay’ in summer transfer window


Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is willing to back Edu and Mikel Arteta by funding a large-scale recruitment drive in the upcoming summer transfer window, according to reports. The Gunners were the Premier League’s biggest spenders during pre-season, splashing in excess of £150million on no less than six new arrivals before the all-important deadline.

Their big-spending habits managed to strengthen Arteta’s squad after an initially poor start to the season, with a top-four finish in the Premier League now well and truly on the cards.

Arsenal will be looking to pip the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham between now and the end of the season in order to seal Champions League qualification for the first time since 2016.

It seems as though the Gunners are planning for another lucrative spending spree ahead of next season regardless of whether or not they manage to return to Europe’s premier club competition over the coming months.

Kroenke has long been criticised for his reluctance to provide investment but is expected to bankroll a major recruitment drive in the summer, according to football.london.

The report claims that Kroenke has promised a ‘significant summer outlay’ in order to aid Edu’s efforts as he looks to use the transfer market to his advantage.

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It is said that Arsenal have identified the forward and central midfield positions as two areas that stand out in terms of needing improvement before the start of next season.

They will almost certainly be looking to bring in a new first-choice striker when the window re-opens after losing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona at the end of January.

Meanwhile, the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah will be out of contract in the summer as things stand, leaving Folarin Balogun as the club’s only concrete option to lead the line.

Real Sociedad marksman Alexander Isak was heavily linked with Arsenal over the course of the January window and it remains to be seen whether they will go back in for his services when the time comes in the summer.

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The Gunners also tried to sign Arthur Melo on loan from Juventus to add to their midfield ranks but were ultimately denied by the Serie A giants despite reportedly agreeing a deal to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

They have also been credited with a desire to land Real Madrid playmaker Marco Asensio in recent weeks but could be forced to pay a fee in the region of £50million for his signature, according to Sport.

It remains to be seen which direction Arsenal and Edu will go in ahead of next season as they look to maintain their steady levels of progress under Arteta’s guidance for the foreseeable future.

Former England defender Danny Mills recently insisted that Arsenal should be aiming to land a new striker as a matter of priority before turning their attentions elsewhere over the summer months.

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“Moving him on is the lesser of two evils,” Mills told Football Insider when quizzed on Aubameyang’s recent departure earlier this month.

“Clearly he’s a powerful influence as well and is a distraction. The only concerning thing is Lacazette and Nketiah are out of contract.

“All of a sudden Arsenal could have no strikers come the summer. I’m assuming they’ve got something lined up.

“It doesn’t look like Lacazette or Nketiah are going to stay. That’s the only strange thing about the Aubameyang deal, maybe you should give that to Lacazette.

“Or they’re going to give it to a replacement and they’ve already got that signing done for the summer.”

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