The news that Arsenal had made a £10m bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye came as somewhat if a shock.
No, not because Arsenal had actually tried to sign a player – presumably after being stirred into action by their embarrassing defeat on Saturday as well their countless injury problems – but rather because they had tried to sign a player they don't need, a player who is, in fact, remarkably similar to five players already in their squad.
Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are all diminutive pass-masters, creative and nippy but with not an ounce of strength between them.
Cabaye comes from exactly the same mould. Yes, Arteta is injured but why Wenger feels the need to buy a replacement for him when players in the squad could easily replace is baffling.
And if that weren't baffling enough, he puts in a £10 million bid, which was rejected out of hand.
The timing was insulting to Newcastle and hardly endears them in the minds of Alan Pardew and the Newcastle board. What is more, the amount itself was insulting.
There is not a chance of them snaring the first choice, French international midfielder for £10 million, not in today's inflated market. Time is running out and Arsenal can't afford to waste time putting in pathetic bids for players they don't need.
What they need is strength, athleticism and a winning mentality. Cabaye is a very good player but he doesn't embody those qualities. Arsenal need a specialist defensive midfielder and a good one at that.
Those are very rare but a box-to-box midfielder in the Vieira mould would more than do the job. Put simply, the Arsenal midfield is far too light and needs strength and size to compliment the diminutive playmakers further forward.
About Diaby was supposed to be the answer but his inconsistency and injury problems put paid to that idea. Wenger desperately needs to bring in a replacement.
Rumours are circulating that he is trying to rectify it but his efforts should be focused on Geoffrey Kondogbia, another striker and a new centre back. Cabaye is not needed at the Emirates with other positions in desperate need of strengthening and with only two weeks left to do it in.
Arsenal have made enquiries for Geoffrey Kondogbia and, if rumours are to be believed, Paul Pogba, but at this stage they need to be more than enquiries.
This should all have been done weeks and weeks ago. In fact, Wenger said in April that the young French midfielder was a player he was very keen on, which begs the question: why hasn't he signed him already?
His release clause is an affordable £17 million and he would add steal and strength to the Arsenal midfield to compliment Wilshere and Cazorla.
According to the agent of talented Turkish wideman Arda Turan, his future lies in the Premier League, so why not at Arsenal? Tottenham and Liverpool are pursuing Brazilian winger, Willian – why aren't Arsenal, who have money to burn and Champions League football to offer?
Even current striker, Olivier Giroud, has urged the club to go out and buy a new striker, such is the desperation for new players, not only from the supporters but also from the squad itself.
It's fast becoming a farce.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has also picked up an injury, leaving the squad desolate for this Wednesday's make-or-break Champions League qualifying match with Fenerbache.
It leaves you wondering what Arsenal's backroom staff and scouting team were doing in the run up to summer. Many clubs start identifying transfer targets before the season even ends so that, come summer, they can do their business early and bed in new signings and start next season ready with a full squad chomping at the bit.
Instead, there seems to have been a lack of foresight, a lack of any sort of transfer policy or plan and a lack of leadership, leading to what is now a mad dash at the end of the window reminiscent of a few years ago.
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