Insider confirms: UCL won’t stop Arsenal from completing big signings

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Arsenal legend David Seaman believes lack of Champions League football will not affect Arsenal’s summer transfer plan.

Arsene Wenger failed to lead the team to Europe’s most prestigious club football competition for the first time in 21 years, having finished fifth on the Premier League log table, one point behind Liverpool.

The Gunners are planning for a busy summer, with a lot of arrivals expected at the Emirates. A transfer kitty of £100m has been given to Wenger and the boss has made an £87m bid for Kylian Mbappe already, only for it to be rejected.

And Seaman has backed Arsenal to make a marquee signing this summer despite missing out on Champions League.

“I don’t think it will because it’s just a one off,” Seaman insisted.

“We’ve been in it for 20 years and players will look at that and think ‘OK it might just be the one season they’re not in the Champions League.’

“Hopefully it doesn’t bother them [potential signings] too much. Once you pay a player enough money that’s the main attraction.

“The Champions League is a negative but it’s not one that’s been there for a long time,” he added.

The likes of Thomas Lemar, Alexandre Lacazette and Andrea Belotti have are all being linked with a move to the Emirates. These are big players and we will have to change our policy to sign them because history shows that offering huge wages is the only way we can convince top players to snub the lure of Champions League football.

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