Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the club have made no move for Wayne Rooney, but are closing in on Yaya Sanogo. It is this sort of inadequate transfer activity that has left Arsenal trailing in the wake of their rivals, when it comes to competing for silverware, at least.

Were Arsenal to agree a deal with Manchester United over the unsettled striker, it would be a signal of intent for the clubs ambitions. However they would have to completely restructure their wages, as Rooney’s current pay packet is considerably bigger than any Arsenal player.

The Gunners have a guaranteed £70 million to spend in the transfer market, according to reports, following their new kit deal with Puma which is worth £170 million. Fans want this money to be spent on players who can bring the club back to its glory days, as they believe Arsenal, and in particular Wenger, are satisfied with Champions League qualification.

Players such as David Villa, Mario Gotze and Iker Casillas have all been linked with the north London club, but whether such substantial signings will be made remains to be seen. However, judging by Wenger’s track record when it comes to transfer market activity, these potential signings are mere pipe dreams rather than in the pipeline.

For too long Arsenal have missed out on big signings, and instead have turned to Ligue 1 misfits, such as Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho, to ‘boost’ the team. What Wenger needs to realise is that the standard of the French league in comparison to other European leagues, is considerably poor.

If Arsenal are to be genuine title or cup contenders next season, they need at least two showcase signings. If that means they have to pay more than £30 million on a player, then so be it, otherwise they risk being left behind for good.


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