Have Arsenal Left It Too Late in the Transfer Window Again?

With Tottenham’s spending having reached £49million so far this summer on Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Nacer Chadli, Arsenal supporters are becoming more frustrated by the day with the club’s lack of activity in this transfer window.

The Gunners narrowly edged out their North London rivals Tottenham last season for the final Champions League spot, with a near flawless end to the season but as things stand it could be difficult to repeat this season.

Meanwhile, across London, the new arrivals at Chelsea have indicated a shift in the club’s transfer policy, with Mourinho looking to create a balance between buying ready-made stars and promising youngsters for the future like Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and bringing back Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku from loan spells.

Over in Manchester, City’s disappointing defense of their league title has led to a new manager in Manuel Pellegrini and nearly £100 million spent so far this summer on bolstering the squad. With Pellegrini and Txiki Begiristain’s knowledge of the Spanish league, Sevilla has lost both its stars Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo to the Etihad. Brazilian powerhouse midfielder Fernandinho was brought from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30 million and young Montenegro striker Stevan Jovetic from Fiorentina.

Apart from the arrival of France U20 forward Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a free transfer, Arsenal are yet to add anything to their squad. In fact the squad has been significantly depleted. However, this is not through the loss of a key figure like the previous three summers, but through a clear-out of the deadwood that has been floating around the squad for near five years. Among these departures are squad members such as Maroune Chamakh, Sebastian Squillaci, Andrey Arshavin and Gervinho – all of whom filled in when the starting eleven was hit by injuries. Getting these players off the wage bill is only a step forward for the Gunners if they can reinvest correctly.

At the weekend, Arsene Wenger had this to say:

“Yes, of course. I am confident. Why should I sit here and say to you we can absolutely not win the title with the players we have?”

It is hard to interpret what way Wenger sees the current situation; his squad from last season finished fourth, 16 points off runaway leaders Manchester United. Yet he believes this reduced squad can make up that ground? Regardless of the fans opinions of Gervinho and Arshavin, both scored a few important goals and a couple of assists in close victories.

Before the start of the transfer window, there were plenty of top quality strikers known to be on the move in Europe, yet the Gunners missed out on a host of targets. Jovetic, Soldado, Negredo and Wilfried Bony have all made moves to Premier League teams.

It was well known that Pep Guardiola wanted to implement his own style with Champions League winners Bayern Munich, and that striker Mario Gomez would be surplus to requirement. Yet he somehow slipped under the Gunners radar and joined Fiorentina for a fee of €20 million.

With the majority of top targets already at new clubs, Arsenal will find it difficult to recruit a top class forward to take the weight off the shoulders of Frenchman Olivier Giroud. Liverpool have rejected two bids from the North London club for their talisman Luis Suarez, and this could prove a complicated saga that will no doubt run till the end of this window.

There are two alternatives that are yet to be linked with Gunners. The first is Jackson Martinez of FC Porto. The 26 year-old had a tremendous season with 34 goals in 39 appearances, and with Porto traditionally known as a selling club, a fee could definitely be agreed. Another is the Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling. The German finished as the Bundesliga top scorer with 25 goals, one ahead of the much coveted Robert Lewandowski. At the age of 29 Kiessling is in his prime and at 6ft 2in, could adapt quickly to the Premier League.

Time is running out for Arsenal to spend their war chest of £70million. Only 27 days remain until the transfer window shuts, while the 2013-14 Premier League season kicks off in just 11 days. Wenger better get a move on. Otherwise, there are going to be a lot of protests from Arsenal supporters if results don’t go their way.

12 thoughts on “Have Arsenal Left It Too Late in the Transfer Window Again?”

  1. Wenger is not a serious manager when come to transfers, he has made all arsenal fans unable to talk in public with other club fans with the likes of man city, chelsea, man united, even Liverpool, am ashamed of being arsenal supporter, is it a mistake to support a club? Wenger should and provide answers to this.

  2. the current theory is that the 40m clause in Saurez contract is for a CL team. as Arsenal still has to navigate it’s own CL qualifiers they don’t meet that criteria.

    of course, only Liverpool mgt and Suarez agent know the full details, and neither are talking about it publicly.

    we went after Higuain and by all reports had personal terms agreed to but then Real Madrid upped and changed the sale price.

    regarding other inbound players, Arsenal may be waiting to see the outcome of the ManUtd/Fabregas saga. Arsenal has a well known clause in that contract for first refusal of 25mil should Barca accept a bid for Fabregas. if Barca does accept a ManUtd bid Arsenal may want to ensure they have the funds needed to trigger that clause…

    have to admit I’m a bit discouraged that we appear to have missed out on Julio Ceasar, who looks to be heading back to Italy. apparently we couldnt come to an agreement on personal terms.

    reports say we are looking at Mattias Ginter from Freiburg and Ashley Williams from Swansea for defensive reinforcements. Ginter especially as he can play CB/DM.

  3. To answer your question: yes.

    Lots of my fellow gunners still have hope, even the usually guarded Arseblogger, but it’s too late.

  4. Arsenal will do just fine. They obviously only go for champions league qualification and they’re definitely better equipped than Liverpool or Tottenham.

  5. did anyone ever believe Wenger when he said he had 70 mil to spend, i didnt think so, anything to bullsh&t the fans,4th place could e hard this season, the gooners will be lucky to get 6th

  6. great post… I actually think the same as you… something that is really important to say is that at the end Mr. Crap-Wenger it´s gonna go out and say that he tried til the window closed but was impossible to sign anyone… so bad news for us… good news for the fuc**** board….

  7. There was a lot of talk about big names etc. earlier in the summer, right around the time that season tickets needed to be renewed.
    This was the summer that the money that has been accumulating in the Arsenal pockets was going to be splashed and we were going to be the next Bayern Munich.. Dominant on and off the pitch. But I am worried about this season

  8. Why we leave it until the very end of the transfer window and hope to “save” a million pounds by playing chicken with the sellers makes absolutely zero sense to me. I can’t imagine that the benefit of taking care of one’s transfer business early in the window even if it means paying the asking price for players isn’t returned by having a complete team to train with throughout the preseason.

    But I’ll continue to hope this summer isn’t like all the others and that when Jim White calls time on the transfer window we’ll have Suarez and a couple other new signings (please Arsene go get Fellaini)

    1. If only we could see Jim White call time on the transfer window. But FOX had to screw that up, too.

      I’m sure FOX Sports 1 will be showing something far more riveting during that time period.

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