Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said the club's transfer business would not be anti-climactic, but who is he kidding?
Arsene Wenger has not looked at all worried all January about signing a striker to aid the club's battle for trophies, even to the final day of the transfer window.
Yet perhaps he never built his hopes up at all, for he claimed this morning he did not feel this deadline day would be an anti-climax.
He told his morning press conference, via Arsenal.com:
"What is concrete is that we are in a strong position in the league and I don’t know why we should [feel any] anti-climax. We are where no one expected us to be so we have to be focused, proud and ambitious to finish the season well."
And the club have, as Wenger predicted, sealed a deadline day deal - for Swedish international Kim Kallstrom on loan from Spartak Moscow.
While good cover for injured Aaron Ramsey, a 31-year-old loanee is not what Arsenal fans would have had in mind.
Heading into the window, names such as Jackson Martinez, Diego Costa, were linked - while Wenger addressed this as a product of media hype, the lack of an actual striker makes the club's business seem like it is lacking a certain something.
The failure to do anything substantial this January has a real risk of coming back to haunt the Gunners, but this in turn is the effect of a previous calamity of errors.
They are in this position because they erred last summer in attempting to bring in strikers, spending two months in failed pursuits of Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.
If Wenger truly believes their transfer business this month is not anti-climactic, then he has dramatically misjudged the mood.
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