Arsenal are set for a summer of huge upheaval.
For a lot of fans, it will come as a disappointment to learn that it’s not likely to involve the manager.
The Mirror claim that the club are set to back Arsene Wenger by giving him a transfer kitty of £100million, and he’s already started identifying targets.
The board seem to be following the narrative that the Frenchman has done well despite keeping to a limited budget, when in fact he spent £96million last summer on new players like Granit Xhaka and Shkodran Mustafi.
There are set to be some big changes across the first team, with seven players on Wenger’s list.
In attack, he’s after Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette, Monaco wonderkid Kylian Mbappe, and Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus. Celtic’s Moussa Dembele is another option, though the main downside to that one is that he isn’t established in a top European league.
Everton’s Ross Barkley is another name in the frame, though the Gunners will face stiff competition from other Premier League clubs for his signature.
Dembele’s team-mate Kieran Tierney could also join him at the Emirates as Arsenal look to replace the slowing Nacho Monreal at left-back, with Kieran Gibbs therefore likely to leave too.
In goal, Petr Cech may well become second choice, and current back-up David Ospina would be replaced by Stoke’s Jack Butland.
The stopper has been injured this season, but prior to that, he was one of the most highly-rated young goalkeepers around.