Arsene Wenger has been promised “significant funds” for the January transfer window by chief executive Ivan Gazidis, reigniting speculation that has persistently linked the Gunners with a move for German starlet Mario Goetze.
After losing two of his most creative players in Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, Wenger acted swiftly in the summer window to capture the likes of Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta. However, Wenger spent considerably less than the £60 million earned from the two outgoing players, and has been reassured that he will be provided with a considerable kitty to help remedy his ailing side.
Wenger finds his team 17th in the Premier League, 11 points adrift of leaders Manchester United after just 5 games and suffering the worst goal difference in the competition. An increasing voice of concern has spread throughout the Arsenal fans, who complain that their current boss must spend big to compete at the top level once again.
“Certainly in January and next summer there are significant funds available to bolster the team,” Gazidis revealed.
“The important thing from our perspective is – and this is something that Arsène has been extremely disciplined in over time – that we are not just going to spend money because we are under short-term pressure.
“We are going to make sure that the players we bring in are the right players.”
Gazidis’ comments will ease the fears of many Arsenal supporters over the long-term ambition of the club and their manager, and it is now believed that Wenger hopes to make Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Goetze his marquee signing in January.
The talented 19-year-old featured recently in a Champions League fixture against Arsenal, and Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his admiration for the highly sought after midfielder.
"He is a provider,” Wenger recently insisted. “He is the one who has the best assists in Germany and is the most dangerous player. He comes in from the right side and links in well with the strikers.”
It is believed Dortmund will demand £35 million for their player, with interest from Bayern Munich and Inter Milan also likely to push their valuation up.