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Arsenal fans hit out over transfer shambles

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Arsenal supporters group the Black Scarves Movement have accused the club of putting their tremendous start to the campaign in jeopardy, hitting out over a lack of quality additions which they feel were an absolute neccesity to strengthen their squad.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was linked with a whole host of additions throughout the January transfer window, including Julian Draxler, Alvaro Morata, Miroslav Klose and Mirko Vucinic.

Eventually Wenger decided not to add a fresh attacking option but did complete a deadline-day swoop for experienced midfield cover, signing Swedish midfield veteran Kim Kallstrom on a season-long loan switch.

That late business has not been enough to appease a group of angry Arsenal fans though, with the BSM group releasing a statement to insist that the decision not to sign quality players with cash reserves available is negligent and could cost the Gunners dear.

Their statement read:  “Our core support has had enough of contributing more and more to the club’s already healthy bank balance and not seeing proper investment on the pitch.

“Our squad was still lacking in certain areas, while tens of millions of pounds sat in the club’s bank account.

“Therefore the January window became vital to our chances of challenging for honours this season but, once again, we’ve chosen to keep the money banked and make do with a squad struggling with injuries and suspensions.”

Wenger's late move for Kallstrom was prompted by an injury setback for midfield standout Aaron Ramsey, who now faces a further four to six weeks out injured after suffering a recurrence of a thigh problem picked up on Boxing Day.

The Gunners are also without the suspended Matheiu Flamini for the next four matches, an absence which is all the more disappointing given Arsenal's run of fixtures in February, which includes a pair of games against Liverpool and home clashes with Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

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