Transfer windows have hardly been the most joyous of periods for Arsenal fans in the last few years, and despite the initial excitement, this summer may turn out to be yet another disappointment.
So what has happened to the proactive summer of transfer activity promised by Arsene Wenger?
Arsenal's Chief Executive Ivan Gazidis claimed in June that the north London club was aiming to do its summer business as early as possible, yet apart from the signing of the promising, but still unproven, French under-20 striker Yaya Sanogo, no major signing has been finalised.
With the Emirates Cup taking place last weekend and Arsenal failing to register a win in either game, the fans are growing more and more disgruntled.
This is because an increasing number of fans are worried that despite Gazidis and Wenger's promises that they are working very hard on new signings, the transfer window will shut and Arsenal will be left fighting to the last day for fourth position yet again.
If Arsenal are ready to pay top prices for top players, why have the likes of Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and Stevan Jovetic signed for other teams?
The Higuain saga was yet another example of the Arsenal recruitment team dithering in the transfer market. Had they finalised the deal early in the transfer window, before Cavani was sold to Paris Saint Germain, Real Madrid wouldn't have had the opportunity to raise the asking price to cause an auction between Napoli and the Gunners.
Arsenal aren't strangers to transfer window mishaps, Juan Mata had agreed terms with the club, yet the Londoners refused to pay his release clause, so Chelsea swooped in and grabbed the gifted Spaniard from under their noses.
Of course, as Wenger says, there is still a month left before the window slams shut and the potential arrival of Luis Suarez would be a major coup for Arsenal.
The French manager confirmed that they are pursuing an amicable solution in the chase for the Uruguayan forward, and his signing would smash the club's current transfer record and send a signal of intent to the rest of the league.
With the managerial changes at the other clubs in the top four, if Arsenal could sign a few key players, they could be genuine title contenders next season, following the team's storming end of season form, which confined Tottenham to yet another season in the Europa League.
However, with the Lillywhites having already spent £50 million in the transfer window, next season could be an even closer battle for fourth spot if Arsenal do not add much needed reinforcements to their squad.
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