The £50m question
Nigel Winterburn, Perry Groves and Barry Silkman told us how they would spend Arsenal's war chest.
Last Updated: 17/08/11 3:45pm
Arsenal have finally sold Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri looks like following him out of The Emirates.
With the initial £29million already in the bank from Barcelona and another £20million or so expected from any deal for the Frenchman, Arsene Wenger has an estimated £50million to strengthen his side before the transfer window closes.
The Frenchman has said he is not afraid to spend big if needs be, but also warned he will not be signing players for the sake of it.
So Sky Sports News HD turned to two former Gunners and a football agent for their thoughts on just where Wenger should spend his wonga.
Here Nigel Winterburn, Perry Groves and Barry Silkman give us their own shopping lists...
LEIGHTON BAINES - £9m
I'd start at left-back because Arsenal have problems there. Gael Clichy's left the football club, Keiran Gibbs is a player I like but over the last two seasons he's be injured so we don't know how many games he's going to play. Defensively he's got a lot to learn. Leighton Baines has proved he can play in the Premier League, he's good defensively, gets forward and whips in lovely crosses with the left foot - and scan score goals from free-kicks. He'd be a perfect signing for Arsenal.
SCOTT PARKER - Loan
I'm talking about a loan deal. I can't see many clubs shelling out £4-6million to take him on a year's loan, but I think £2million would be reasonable, with maybe an option to buy. And I've gone for the midfield area because I think Arsenal have lost so many good players in this area and maybe Scotty Parker with his age and his experience, can drive Arsenal forward.
CHRIS SAMBA - £12m
I think they've got a choice in this area with Cahill, Jagielka and Samba. I just think Samba is a man mountain, an out-and-out defender. He still has one or two faults but there is something there for Arsene to work with. They need stability at the back and he could help bring that.
DIDIER DROGBA/KEVIN DOYLE - £10m
I would think Drogba would want to stay at Chelsea, but would he want to stay there if he's not getting picked ahead of Torres everywhere. The problem Arsenal have is they need players that can play in the Premier League; they can't afford players who need time to bed in. All the players I've looked at I think can do that - that's why I've gone for Drogba. Also I think Doyle can lead the line well. I think he's really under-rated and he can hold the ball up well - the only criticism would be he doesn't score enough goals.
XABI ALONSO - £17m
I know he went for 30million, but that was Euros. We're two years down the line... it's just a cheeky thing that would suit Arsenal Football Club. Do I think they can get him for Real Madrid? No I don't...
GARY CAHILL - £18m
Everybody knows that Arsenal need a centre-half. He's a proven player in the Premier League, he's the right age, he's just coming up to 26 and he's an England international. Arsene likes players who can play out from the back and he's very technical. I saw him play on Saturday against QPR and he scored a fantastic goal and he attacks the ball really well. He will give you that leadership and I think the balance is good; Vermaelen is left-footed and Cahill is right footed, so they can play together quite nicely. I think his buy-out clause is about £16.5m, so you'll get him for £18m.
JUAN MATA - £14m
The Valencia playmaker is only 23. He's got good balance on the left-hand side and he can play just behind the striker. He's a goalscoring midfielder - I think he averages one in four for his career - and his assist ratio is brilliant. They need players with personality and he has got a big personality to play in the midfield.
JADSON - £12m
The Shakhtar Donetsk Brazilian player is coming up to 27, so he fits Arsene's age remit where you might get a sell-on fee for him, as Arsenal like to balance the books. He has a good goalscoring record, one in four, and he creates chances.
SCOTT PARKER - Loan
He's the driving force that Arsenal need in the centre of midfield. You don't want players with potential now, you want players that can go straight into the first team and have an effect. I think Scott Parker actually gives you something different. They've got great, technically-gifted players who like to lend the ball and pass it, but not a player that goes and drives the team forward or closes people down in the Ray Parlour mould. He can give the crowd a lift and the team a lift.
JAVIER MASCHERANO - Exchange
I love Scott Parker, but realistically they won't loan him for less than £4million - so what they've done is price him out of the market. I think Mascherano is a terrific player; I think Arsenal have lacked a central midfield player, who's strong, dominant, can read the game, sit in front of the back four and break the play up. They haven't had it since Vieira and Mascherano for me, would've been a fantastic signing. I don't know whether they tried to do that or not, but I would've done it.
ALEX - £18m and NEMANJA VIDIC £25m
What I said was they need a centre-half. I think the biggest problem they've had over the years, if I can criticise Arsene Wenger never having been a manager - is he's always wanted central defenders that can pass the ball. And I go back to the days of watching Argentina win the World Cup; they had four animals at the back, who could tackle anything and win everything in the air. I think Alexsand Vidic - who they probably can't buy - are fantastic defenders; they're both terrific in the air, they read the game, they never get beat, they never give free-kicks away on the edge of their own area. I think Samba is in the same mould, He's not as good but I think they need somebody who can defend.
ANDREU FONTAS - £7m
I watched Fontas play two years ago against Spurs in a pre-season friendly and he put Jermain Defoe in his pocket and after the game I remember Harry Redknapp saying to me: "Silks, who the hell is that left-footed defender?". He's now broken into the first team; he played all the games towards the end of the season, he's played all the games this season and now if he gets sold in the next two years, he'd be £30-40million - and he's left footed. What he can do as well as defend, from Arsene Wenger's point of view, is play football. He's a fantastic footballer, this guy.