Arsenal fans will be eager to see how much money Mikel Arteta is given to spend this summer.
The coronavirus pandemic has hit all football clubs hard, with little to no match day income due to fans not being allowed into stadiums.
Arsenal made two loan signings during the January transfer window, bringing Mat Ryan and Martin Odegaard from Brighton and Real Madrid respectively.
The focus for Arteta and technical director Edu was more on the verge of pulling some deadwood out of the squad, with Mesut Ozil, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi all gone and a number of others on loan.
But, after the pandemic, will there likely be funds for Arteta spend on new blood?
The gunners have already been linked with a number of new recruits – Jack Grealish, Emiliano Buendia and Tariq Lamptey among them, while Arteta admitted he wanted to sign a new left-back in January which never materialized.
The three players named above will cost a significant transfer fee, which is a very real problem for the Gunners.
However, signing two would also solve a pretty big issue the Gunners have on their hands ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Gunners could only name a 22-man squad at the start of the season, due to the number of non-local players at Emirates Stadium.
Premier League rules state that each team nominating a 25-man squad must have eight local players – players who have been on an England squad for at least three years before the age of 21.
If you don’t have eight, the number of players on your team drops by one for every local player under eight you don’t have.
Arsenal naming a 22-man squad meant they only had five local players to choose from.
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Signing more foreign players into the summer transfer market would hamper their options even more, which is where Grealish and Lamptey come in.
Both players, having been developed by Aston Villa and Chelsea respectively, would be considered local and therefore give manager Mikel Arteta a bit more leeway with his squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
As explained above, finances will be tight and traditionally English players have not come cheap which could cause problems for Edu and Arteta moving forward.