With the new season two days away and the Gunners having made no major signings, the north Londoners have found the going in the transfer market tough.
All the talk of Arsenal with money to spend and an upcoming splurge by Arsene Wenger has failed to materialise this summer, with the club’s fans as frustrated as ever after two months of very little action.
The Emirates Stadium outfit may well have money to spend, but they are finding it difficult to identify players worth handing over the cash for, as Wenger’s thrifty stance on recruitment stands firm.
In the case of Luis Suarez, a player that they have made a £40 million bid for, the Gunners look set to be disappointed as the Uruguayan is reportedly ready to stay at Liverpool. If this is the case, it is a real blow for Arsenal and Wenger’s summer of inactivity.
The north Londoners were seemingly frontrunners to sign Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain earlier in the summer, but missed out as the Real Madrid man moved to Napoli. Wenger may well have chosen an approach for Suarez over competing for Higuain’s hand – and it has now backfired on him.
In Suarez, Arsenal would have had a player able to get them the goals that are required for a Premier League title push. However, prying Liverpool’s best player away from them was never going to be a straightforward task.
Now, with the start of the season upon us and Suarez’s situation not working in Arsenal’s favour, you have to ask yourself whether Wenger has any other strikers in his gaze or a Plan B in place?
Higuain’s acquisition would have been one that Arsenal fans would have relished, as the South American is one of the most under-rated and clinical finishers out there. His signing would have been a statement of intent, and his presence a significant feature in Arsenal’s attacking threat.
With the season so close, players of Higuain’s quality are not readily available, as clubs have much less time to find a replacement. Where Wenger goes now to find a top-class striker before the window closes remains to be seen.
In other frustrating news from Arsenal’s perspective, Bayern Munich midfielder Luiz Gustavo is reportedly ready to choose Wolfsburg over a switch to the Premier League side according to reports in both Germany and England.
With young French forward Yaya Sanogo the only signing to date this summer, the Gunners will start the season with virtually the same starting XI as finished last term.
Other clubs in the division have went about their transfer business swiftly and with purpose, while Arsenal have taken their time and hesitated to fully commit to trying to sign potential targets.
With their main transfer target Suarez now potentially staying at Anfield, an off-season that promised so much due to financial strength could well now prove to be a complete washout.
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