Arsenal told to complete big-money signings amid Christopher Nkunku update - expert
Noel Whelan has urged Arsenal to launch a “big-money” spending spree this summer if they secure Champions League qualification.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the Gunners will be targeting “Pot A” players amid links to red-hot RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku.
According to football.london (8 May), Arsenal, Chelsea, and Man United are set to do battle over Nkunku, 24, this summer.
The France international has notched 34 goals and 20 assists in 50 games across all competitions this season.
Arsenal can secure a place in next season’s Champions League group stage with a win over top-four rivals Tottenham on Thursday (12 May).
Whelan suggested Nkunku is exactly the sort of player the Gunners should be targeting if they are to make qualification a regular occurrence.
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“There’s no point qualifying for the Champions League if you’re not going to spend big money in order to stay there,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“You want to be out there competing, and really throwing the gauntlet down – letting other teams know you’re in the competition to win it.
“If they are going to compete, they’ll have to spend some money in big areas of the squad. I think Arteta is banking on that this summer.
“If they get that top-four finish, they’ll be picking players from Pot A, so to speak. Not Pot B or Pot C.
“Nkunku is one of those players. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.
“It’s so huge for both clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham. It will determine what players they can bring in this summer.”
Nkunku can play anywhere across the front line.
He is contracted at RB Leipzig until June 2024.