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Arsenal’s Bruno Guimaraes and Alexander Isak excitement will come back to bite as Newcastle stance clear

Arsenal may be riding high in the Premier League title race but the Gunners’ sense of entitlement over potential summer signings may come back to bite them in the coming months.

Mikel Arteta’s side have held a long-running interest in Newcastle’s striker superstar Alexander Isak, while recent reports by the Athletic suggest Bruno Guimaraes may also be high on the club’s shopping list.

“Isak to Arsenal, who says no?” wrote one confident Arsenal supporter this week. However, while supporters in the red half of London begin to excitingly, and prematurely, plot how their side may look with the either of the two men in it, it would be a total surprise to see either Isak or Guimaraes lining up in the capital next term.

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For starters, both Newcastle stars seem settled and have publicly eased fears over their futures with positive statements to the media in recent weeks. Secondly, Eddie Howe and the Newcastle hierarchy have made it clear they wish to keep the club’s best players at St James’ Park for the long-term.

While Arsenal may be able to offer something Newcastle can’t next season – in the form of Champions League football – there is significant question marks over whether they can even afford such a lavish outlay on either Isak or Bruno in the upcoming transfer window.

Arteta splashed out approximately £180m in the 2022/23 campaign before really pushing the boat out with a £105m purchase of Declan Rice last summer. A statement signing that proved Arsenal can match Europe’s biggest spenders in negotiations these days.

This is down to the fact revenue streams are up, with the Gunners announcing takings of £467m, a 25 per cent increase on the previous year. Though Arsenal have still posted combined losses of £204.9m since 2020/21, and their most recent accounts showed a loss of £52m for the 2022/23 campaign.

This, in turn, led to a quiet January in the transfer market. “It wasn’t possible. Now we didn’t have the capacity to improve the team in the way that we think we want to improve it. So we decided not to do something yet,” Arteta said earlier this year.

One publication this week suggested Arsenal may try and snatch both Isak and Crystal Palace star Michael Olise for a combined £165m. You suspect that sort of figure may just be enough to land Isak on his own given his recent rise – and there is still a realistic possibility Newcastle would still reject such a monumental figure for their Swedish star.

Newcastle’s new-found success leaves them vulnerable to key players being targeted by top flight rivals – but any Arsenal fans expecting an easy pursuit this summer should think again.

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