As the pre-season fixtures come to an end and the new Premier League edges closer and closer, all eyes are focused on the transfer window and the players being brought in to bolster the squads in an attempt to win the ultimate prize.
Pre-season games should always be taken lightly. The results mean very little and the form of players is rarely a true reflection of what is expected during the season.
All these are facts unless you support Arsenal.
Arsenal fans were left disappointed again as their team failed to win a competition that was effectively created for them to win as a substitute for being without a cup for years.
The Gunners were jeered off the field in their final game against Galatasaray on Sunday which is not a very good indication at what lies ahead for the north London club.
Arsenal played their same old unenterprising football passing the ball around the outskirts of the box without one player confident enough to take a shot at goal and next to nothing was done to get a player in position to finish off a pass into the back of the goal. In the end the performance was appalling and the jeering justified.
It is clear that Arsenal lack that 'special something', whether it's a prolific striker or an experienced playmaker in the midfield to install some confidence to side that is nearing self-destruction.
As the transfer window opened and Arsene Wenger was given the go ahead to strengthen the squad it seemed as if times were changing and the fans were finally going to be treated to a high profile signing.
The first big name to come up was that of Real Madrid's Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain who last season made only 19 appearances for Los Blancos but netted 16 times which is still two more than Arsenal's top scorer Theo Walcott.
A minor disagreement over a fee saw the striker join Napoli and Arsenal losing out again. Their attentions were then turned to one Luis Suarez who claims his contract has a £40 million release clause which Arsenal met but again the deal is now on standby.
These days fans seem to think that the higher the fee the higher the chances are the player will change the club's fortunes but this is just not true.
Even though Arsenal have great business minds, their track record shows they are incapable of doing any sort of good business in the transfer window.
Suarez is a fantastic player and has got a large amount of talent and would definitely make a difference in their title hopes but he is not worth the price Liverpool have set. With the player's suspension record there are risks involved with Suarez's service.
Arsenal have been very vocal since the start of the transfer window that they have money to spend but with the transfer window slowly winding down there is very little for the fans to be excited about.
As it looks right now Arsenal will yet again be a mid-table team at best grasping onto whatever is left of their Champions League pedigree.
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