Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he will not be signing more than three players this summer as bringing in more than that would destabilise the squad. Arsenal have already signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach and are in the market for a few more players so as to seriously challenge for the title next season.
The north London club had activated Jamie Vardy's release clause but the manager admitted that the striker is likely to continue in Leicester City next season after agreeing to the Champions' counter offer. A striker is top of Wenger's list of purchases this summer, especially with Danny Welbeck out for ostensibly the major part of next season and Olivier Giroud struggling to keep together a run of good form.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Lille forward Sofiane Boufal and were interested in a move for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. However, his agent Mino Raiola has since revealed that the Armenian wants to move to Manchester United and play under Jose Mourinho. Meanwhile, Wenger has insisted that he will sign only three players this transfer window.
"We've already bought one player – Granit Xhaka – from Monchengladbach, because we've lost three players. We've lost [Mikel] Arteta, we've lost [Tomas] Rosicky and [Mathieu] Flamini," he told Tencent Sports, as quoted by Goal.
"So we've bought one midfielder and we're still in the market to buy one or two more players. But it is not easy. It is not just buying. We also have to keep a good balance. If you buy too many players you destabilise your team. So three is the maximum."
The Gunners start their campaign next season against Liverpool and follow that up with a trip to the King Power Stadium to play Champions Leicester. The north London club have not won the title in 12 years and failure to go close this time around would be seen as a failure of sorts for the manager, who only has a year left in his current contract.