With just over a month left in the transfer window, most of the clubs in the Premier League can be proud of their activeness in the summer transfer window. Manchester United and Arsenal being the exceptions.
These clubs have failed to make the big-name signings, which has led to the faithful supporters of the clubs being left helpless. While Manchester United and Arsenal have made a signing each, bringing in Guillerme Varela and Yaya Sanogo respectively, both clubs haven't exactly lived up to the expectations of the fans.
Arsenal in particular were linked with some big name signings, but they have failed to bring in a few marquee players. They were linked with players like Gonzalo Higuain and Marouane Fellaini, but have come up short in their attempts to sign the Argentine star and the Belgian work-horse so far.
While an improved bid for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has been mooted, it is unlikely that the controversial striker would move to the red side of London, having said that, it has always been his dream to the don the white strip of Real Madrid. Blah, blah, blah. He clearly fancies a showdown with Pepe, doesn't he?
So where exactly is Arsene Wenger losing the plot? Although Wenger is an astute manager, he lacks what some might call a certain 'Risk-taking ability' in him. Mind you, if he was the manager at Chelsea during Torres' arrival, he would never have even thought of sanctioning the deal. He has never really made a big-name signing and probably won't.
The £15 million spent on Russian Andrey Arshavin being the club record. It's been said that Arsenal have £70 million to spend this transfer season, no chance. We have only brought in Yaya Sanogo - and on a free.
Moves for Fellaini and Higuan have never really materialised. It is a hard time being an Arsenal fan, I tell you.
Over the past few seasons, we've seen some of our best players leave for pastures new and Wenger has never really managed to bring in adequate replacements for the players who have departed. Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, Alex Song to name a few.
Most of these players have left for financial reasons and you cannot deny them this. With the exception being Fabregas, the poor lad just wanted to return to the city of his birth, Catalonia.
The wage structure simply does not facilitate big name signings. I wonder when Wenger will bring in changes and make sure that we are contenders for the title. If Van Persie was offered a contract with better terms, he might have stayed.
Substantial contributions from Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud added to the magic of Santi Cazorla and RVP's 20+ goals would've seen Arsenal vying for the title, most definitely!
This is where Liverpool and Chelsea come in to the picture. They have done some pretty good business in the off-season bringing in young talents to strengthen the squad. Wenger simply seems reluctant to purchase players. Arsenal scout a player, ponder making a bid and simply leave it too late.
We wanted Gotze from Dortmund, instead we got Thomas Eisfield. We wanted Eden Hazard from Lille, we got Gervinho. Why aren't big name players making moves to Arsenal? It's not that the players aren't interested in making the move, it's just that we don't appeal to them on a financial basis.
The highest earners at Arsenal are Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski, earning around £100,000 a week.
Being an Arsenal fan, I just hope that we make good progress in signing some top players, which will help us to finally win some silverware.
At this rate, Gonzalo Higuain would probably fail his medical due to all the dust in the trophy cabinets at The Emirates. Ahem, no trophies.
I reckon this is a make or break season for the Gunners and this season is probably going to be ours, as no big name player is leaving/has shown a desire to leave. Here's hoping for the best.
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