Fresh off the back of winning The FA Cup final against a more fancied Chelsea side, Arsene Wenger faces a crucial meeting about his future with the Arsenal board. The fans reportedly want him to be more assertive with transfer targets, while they also want to appoint a Director of Football; a position Wenger isn’t too comfortable with.
The Arsenal manager’s contract runs out at the end of next month, and it has been mooted that the outcome of the crucial meeting will decide whether he stays or goes.
Former Arsenal striker, John Hartson has stated that for Arsenal to make a statement next season, they must go all out for Everton’s striker, Romelu Lukaku and Southampton defender, Virgil Van Dijk.
As culled from Goal, Hartson was quoted as saying to BBC radio Live 5:
“I think there will be protests if he[Wenger] stays, I think a lot of the supporters want to see a change at Arsenal.” That being at the top — the manager.”
“But what would appease the supporters is if he brought in some really big names.
“Well, we’ve got a strong enough squad, say, for instance, Romelu Lukaku becomes available at Everton, £60m, whatever it is. Van Dijk for example, £50m.” he added.
Lukaku is growing from strength to strength every season, as the 24-year-old Belgian scored 25 Premier League goals for Everton in the outgone season. Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in his services.
The former Chelsea man is a major priority signing, if we are to compete for the title next season, as the likes of Olivier Giroud and Lucas Perez are nowhere near the quality of title strikers. Van Dijk, prior to his injury in January was one of the best central defenders in the country, offering tactical awareness, positional discipline and leadership