Arsenal has yet to spend any money this transfer window despite letting go of 17 players according to recent reports by the Daily Mail. The team that was let go was enough to fill a first-team squad with six substitutes.
Meanwhile on incoming transfers, Arsenal have only signed Yaya Sanogo who joined for free from French League Two side, Auxerre.
With Arsenal needing more depth in their squad to challenge for a top-four position this season, let alone the title, new quality players are required.
However, throughout the summer a reoccurring theme has become a situation where Arsenal is closely linked to a player, sometimes a bid is made then eventually no-one arrives.
The most frustrating saga was probably the Gonzalo Higuain episode, where the transfer fee was apparently agreed until the Real management decided to increase their demands.
In addition, there has also been the Luis Suarez bid that was extremely bizarre because of the additional pound to the £40million offer for the Uruguayan striker.
Recent reports by Sky Sports suggest that the striker has apologised and is ready to continue his career in Anfield.
The most recent player that Arsenal was linked with, Luis Gustavo, has just concluded a move to German club, Wolfsburg.
Arsenal’s only defensive midfielder Mikel Arteta has been ruled out for six weeks, so the announcement of a holding midfielder or any player for that matter would have been exceedingly welcomed at this moment in time.
Overall, has the manager been very unfortunate to always miss out on signings this summer?
After all Luis Suarez (and his agent) genuinely did believe that the £40 million offer would break the release clause, so much so that he made statement to the press and an appeal to the PFA about the situation.
Higuain’s transfer on the other hand was deterred after Real Madrid denied ever agreeing to any offer and eventually sold the striker for a fee that was £10 million more than the reported agreement with Arsenal.
This seems like they held out for more money, which they did get, but should the Arsenal manager have done more to secure the deal?
Nevertheless, the transfer window is not over and it is not all gloomy for Arsenal fans over the world. There are still many more players available; who between now and the end of the window might declare their desire to leave their respective clubs.
With a team like Anzhi Makhachkala looking to clear out and numerous potential player transfers that can create a domino effect on available players for transfer, Arsenal can still secure a major transfer before the window closes.
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