Arsenal fans across the country will all have Sunday's game against Tottenham on their minds, perhaps more so than ever before.
Their most bitter rivals will be coming to the Emirates after breaking their transfer record three times in quick succession, with a completely different team to the one that lost the same fixture 5-2 last season.
Realist Arsenal fans will recognise that for the first time during Arsene Wenger's reign at the club, Tottenham will have the stronger of the two squads. Last season the team's were about level and Arsenal were lucky to finish the season only a point above them.
Since then though, Tottenham have acknowledged their weaknesses and done all that they can to fix them. Even the likely departure of Gareth Bale hasn't disrupted their plans. In fact they've used it to their advantage.
They have already utilised the money they will receive for Gareth Bale even though he's still technically a Tottenham player. As it stands Tottenham have spent a total of £90.4million pounds on new recruits including; Soldado, Paulinho, Capoue, Chadli and the potential next big thing Erik Lamela and they haven't stopped there. Ajax recently confirmed they were in talks with Tottenham over the possible sale of hot prospect Christian Eriksen.
Daniel Levy and Andre Villas-Boas have preformed astutely during this summer transfer window, and Ivan Gazidiz and Arsene Wenger could learn on a lot from them when it comes to closing deals.
Ivan Gazidiz was foolishly very public in talking up Arsenal's financial strength, citing Rooney as an example of the kind of player they could now afford to get. Who have Arsenal brought in? 29-year-old former player, Mathieu Flamini and the injury prone 20-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo. Not very ambitious or inspiring is it?
Wenger has spoken many times about only wanting to sign 'top, top, top level players,' Flamini and Sanogo are not even 'top quality.'
Soldado and Paulinho are top level players and Erik Lamela is potentially a 'top, top, top level player.' Why did Arsenal not try to buy them? Could they not have improved Arsenal's current crop of injury prone mediocrity- excluding Santi Cazorla?
Arsene Wenger is in the final year of his contract and if he and the board continue to perform so incompetently in the transfer market, supporters will be furious should the manager be offered a new contract during the coming season.
Wenger and the board must turn things around before 11pm on September 2 if they are to restore the supporters faith in them.
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