It is reported that Arsenal are prepared to break their wage barrier in a bid to attract some of Europe’s top players to the Emirates in the summer.

Currently, the club’s highest paid players are Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski, with both thought to be on just under £100,000 per week.

However, if they are to persuade names such as Stevan Jovetic and Mario Gotze, they will have to relax their much talked about wage structure.

The club were apparently prepare to offer Robin Van Persie £140,000 a week last summer, and a similar figure would likely to be commanded by some of the names the club have been linked with in recent weeks.

The news follows reports that the Gunners have around £70 million pounds in their transfer kitty, and there seems to be no reluctance from the club to splash out on genuinely world class players.

Elsewhere, Arsene Wenger has expressed his delight with January signing Nacho Monreal, after the Spaniard’s impressive start to life at the Emirates.

The 27 year-old, who joined the club from Malaga, has demonstrated his attacking ability as well as possessing obvious defensive qualities, and assisted Santi Cazorla’s winning goal against Aston Villa on Saturday.

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