By Harry Sykes
It has been agreed at an Arsenal transfer summit that the club will target new signings for five positions in the summer window, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim the senior figures, including manager Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis, agreed that the board will try to sign a centre-forward, a central defender, a wide player, a left-back and a goalkeeper.
The transfer plan was formulated at the end of a campaign that has been disappointing for Arsenal even though they are in the FA Cup final and still in contention for a top-four Premier League finish.
The Gunners travel to Stoke on Friday evening placed at fifth in the table and in a position where they can still put pressure on third-placed Liverpool and Manchester City in fourth.
Wenger’s side will take their points haul to 69, one adrift of Liverpool, if they are able to secure a second consecutive victory of the week following Wednesday’s triumph at Southampton.
Despite the season remaining alive for the north Londoners, there is a growing sense a the top that major changes are needed this summer to enable the team to challenge for the major titles.
Gazidis and Wenger are said to be at war over the degree of transformation required, with the manager insistent that he will never work with a director of football.
This has been interpreted as a power struggle between the senior pair as Gazidis pushes for an overhaul of the management structure as well as on the playing staff.
In other Arsenal transfer news, a manager has revealed that this midfield superstar will be at Emirates Stadium next season.