Media: Arsenal to prioritise overseas signings over home-grown talent

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 11: The Arsenal crest is seen ahead of the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on May 11, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Arsenal are reportedly set to change their policy of bringing in homegrown players in favour of foreign recruits

The last time Arsenal signed a homegrown talent came in 2016, where they signed defender Rob Holding from Bolton Wanderers in a £2.5m deal.

The Daily Mail claims that the Gunners were left shocked by the cost of bringing in two premium homegrown players.

The club’s head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, who is believed to have had a key role in signing former Borussia Dortmund duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, is understood to be the instigator behind this new plan.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 15: Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Arsenal looks on during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Arsenal FC at Vicarage Road on April 15, 2019 in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

BREAKING: Mkhitaryan will miss the Europa League Final

The Armenian footballer will not travel to Azerbaijan for the final between Arsenal and Chelsea at the end of May.

Mislintat’s proposal means that Arsenal will focus solely on overseas targets over the next two transfer windows due to a tight budget.

This comes in light of the club’s failure to reach the Champions League for the past two seasons, which has forced them to resort to more creative and selective decisions in player recruitment.

Fulham captain Tom Cairney had been linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

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