With time running out before the transfer deadline day on 2nd September, it appears to the world of football that Arsene Wenger is struggling to spend the huge war chest at his disposal.
While he has made many of the Gunners' faithful happy by wielding the axe on many of the overpaid fringe players, it has left the current Arsenal squad threadbare without any depth should an injury crises take hold.
Every passing day Arsenal are linked with many quality players only for those players to end up at other less renowned clubs. This is not to say that these clubs offer less in development or future for these players, but you have to ask yourself, where is it going wrong in the transfer negotiations at Arsenal?
It is true that Arsenal lost out in the battle for Jan Vertonghen - chiefly because Wenger saw the Belgian as the new Emmanuel Petit playing in the holding defensive midfield role - a position Vertonghen refused to accept. So is it true that Wenger is asking players to play in new unfamiliar positions to fit the Arsenal way of playing?
On the other hand Wenger lost out to Napoli for Gonzalo Higuain not because Napoli offered a better salary or was going to play Higuain in his favoured position but simply because Wenger refused to meet Real Madrid’s demands. Luis Suarez was, and still is, the priority.
But Wenger has lost out by dithering yet again in a transfer market that has been open for ages. He simply makes the same old mistakes each year, leaving it very late before actually signing a player or two that in truth he never really wanted or were initially a long way down on his list of potential transfer targets.
What is very clear is that Wenger has to sign at least three players to cover centre back, defensive midfield and striker positions before the transfer window shuts, otherwise Arsenal will struggle to finish in the top six this season.
Simply put, Arsenal are three quality signings away from a decent title charge this season. The next couple of weeks before the transfer window shuts will either show Arsenal mean real business this season or not.
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