Arsene Wenger says that he and the club will be on alert 24 hours a day to strengthen the squad this summer, and that he’ll sleep with his phone because things can happen at any time of the day or night.
The Gunners have already made their first signing of the summer in the shape of Bosnian defender Sead Kolasinac, and they’re very much on the case of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe who was the subject of a €100m bid last week.
There’s a lot of work to do this summer, in terms of players coming in and those going out, and the Arsenal manager is expecting some sleepless nights it seems.
Speaking to the official site of Arsenal’s summer tour to Australia, he said, “Between now and the tour we will work every day to get the best possible environment around the team and to strengthen the team.
“That’s basically a lot of dark, invisible work. But that is demanded and that means never leave your seat without your phone, never go to bed without your phone, because anything can happen.
“We will basically be on alert 24 hours a day.”
The Gunners play Sydney FC on Thursday July 13th and then Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday the 15th.
Quite what the squad is going to look like at that point remains to be seen, but hopefully the big Bosnian is not the only addition. Wenger has already outlined how many players he wants to add to the squad this summer, so this should be the first of a couple more at least.