Now, on deadline day, that frustration at the club’s lack of activity in the transfer market looks set to be demolished as the North Londoners imminent await the confirmation of a club record-smashing £45 million deal to bring Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil to the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are linked with a potential loan move for Chelsea’s Demba Ba, as well as ‘interest’ in Palermo striker Abel Hernandez and goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano as speculation the Gunners are still not ‘ruling out’ a bid for Ozil’s Madrid teammate Angel Di Maria. A summer of tension, frustration and disillusionment with the manager and the board could find salvation on deadline day.
Sunday’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham in the North London derby will have excited the fans just as much as Wenger’s implication there would be ‘surprises’ on deadline day.
The surprise that Arsenal hadn’t found success in their business deals this summer was a major issue at the Emirates as Arsenal lost 3-1 to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season but what a difference a weeks makes, as Arsenal comprehensively thrashed Fenerbahce 5-0 on aggregate to qualify for the Champions League as well as a convincing victory at Fulham to appease the fans.
Now, victory in the North London derby against a Spurs side that has spent in excess of £100 million looks set to be followed by a deadline day shopping list enough to make their eyes water. Ozil alone is one of the most gifted talents in the world but Wenger still lacks depth in other areas of his squad.
It looks increasingly likely Italian goalkeeper Viviano will come in to compete with Wojceich Szczesny between the sticks, whilst both Hernandez and Ba would represent quality competition for Olivier Giroud up front.
One area that seems to be less of a priority is in Arsenal’s defence where they still have only three centre-halves in Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and captain Thomas Vermaelen who is injured presently and not expected to return for a month.
However, the recent emergence of Bacary Sagna in his conversion from fullback to centre-back along with the signing of Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer who is capable at covering in defence, could mean Wenger feels he has enough options in his backline.
Flamini’s signing also likely rules out the arrival of another defensive midfielder, which had been an area where Arsenal had looked to strengthen, especially with injury befalling Mikel Arteta.
Could Arsene Wenger’s deadline day shopping save him? Well, a marquee signing like Ozil will certainly be music to the ears of the long-suffering fans this summer and a clear ambition to bring in quality reinforcements in other areas will likely be enough to restore relations between the boss, the board and the fan base.
The only matter that will likely linger will be the question of why more business wasn’t done sooner but, for now at least, the fans will be right back behind the boss.
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