Arsene Wenger says his aim is to recruit three players for Arsenal this summer.
Giving his clearest indication yet that he’s planning a busy summer the Frenchman touched on how he plans to reinvigorate the current squad without destabilising their current balance.
The Gunners have been heavily linked with Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka – a player who could cost upwards of £35 million – and are also expected to bolster their options in attack and defence.
“We want to keep the squad stable over the summer while strengthening where possible,” Wenger told press on Friday.
“You want the group to be stimulated and to believe that we have improved the quality.
“I must say, we want to combine technical stability with players that we know want to play and know our game. Maybe bring in three players for example. That’s the right level for me.”
With Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini leaving the club, Danny Welbeck out for much of next season and doubts over the future of several further squad members, it’s fair to say that ‘three’ could be quite a fluid figure.
Much will depend on how the next generation perform in pre-season with Alex Iwobi setting the bar high for the likes of Jon Toral, Gedion Zelalem and The Jeff.