Date: 23rd May 2016 at 10:30am
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For the first time since the oil revolution Arsene Wenger has the upper hand on all of his rivals with regards to his choice of summer targets, however this window won`t remain open forever so he needs to act fast.

Abramovich`s introduction to the PL followed a little while after by Sheik Mansour meant that Wenger`s tightened purse strings just couldn`t compete with the top teams (or soon to be) in English football. However with the debt all but gone Arsene is free to spend.

This summer in particular gives the Frenchman a clear opportunity to get in ahead of everyone else, and the signing of Granit Xhaka signals he might just be ready to do that.

Leicester – Claudio Ranieri admitted as soon as he had lifted the trophy that it was highly unlikely The Foxes could repeat their feat next season, and with the added fixtures of the Champions League they are not likely candidates to retain their title. While their Champions status will help them out a lot in the transfer window the likelihood of any of their targets being in the “world class” bracket is small to say the least.

Tottenham – Why would anyone want to go there?

Man City – City are a team that can more than compete with us in the transfer market, however with Pep Guardiola only just finished his season at Bayern Munich the man has not even taken up his seat at City and had time to assess his squad, let alone suss out which players he needs.

Man Utd – Their dillydallying over a manager could cost them this summer. Will LvG stay? Are they bringing Mourinho in? Who knows. Plus no CL football next year.

Chelsea – Much like Manchester City, Chelsea have the cash burning a hole in their pockets but also still await their new manager to take the reins. Couple in the fact that they can not offer any European football next season means any target they eventually decide on might think twice before going there.

Liverpool – There`s little doubt that Jurgen Klopp is an attractive manager for Liverpool, he can get the most out of his players and they seem to love him dearly, he could probably entice a few of his old charges to Anfield, but again the lack of CL football could prove too much in the pursuit of Europe`s top stars.

So with a huge Scrooge McDuck style pile of cash under his arse, Arsene Wenger sits in the transfer driving seat (for now) and after the disappointment of last season he would be a fool not to use it to his advantage in what could be his final hurrah.

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