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The next Arsenal manager will be given a transfer budget of just £50million this summer, according to reports.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will leave the north London club at the end of the season, after 22 years in charge.
But, despite another disappointing campaign for the Gunners which could see them miss out on Champions League football for the second season running, it is claimed the 68-year-old’s successor will not be allowed to give his team a makeover.
But, according to the Daily Telegraph, after two club-record signings and dishing out three big-money contracts over the last 12 months, Arsenal bosses will not sanction a summer squad overhaul.
Club chiefs are currently drafting their shortlist for the man they want to replace Wenger after his long reign at the Emirates Stadium.
The likes of former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, Juventus boss Max Allegri, former Gunners captain and current Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta and Germany head coach Joachim Low are among the candidates.
It is claimed Gunners bosses believe Wenger has been ‘too easy-going’ on his players, and they are hoping for the new manager to kick their team into shape and bring in a new level of disciple to the club.
Arsenal have a wealth of attacking talent in their ranks after spending over £100million on strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang over the past two transfer windows, plus the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United and a new long-term contract for Mesut Ozil.
Their defence has cost them throughout the season, though, and the £50million budget could be exclusively used to give their back-four a boost.
However, they could fund further signings by cashing in on a number of in-demand or soon to be out-of-contract players.