Arsenal fans may be forgiven for waking up a little frustrated today after the Gunners average showing in the January transfer window.
Whilst it is often difficult to sign world-class talent in the new year, questions must be asked of Arsene Wenger, who only has a loan deal for 31-year Kim Kallstrom to show from a disappointing window for his side.
The North London club are in desperate need of both a holding midfielder and a top quality striker, yet they showed very little intention of signing a player in either position.
Granted the pool to choose from was sparse. But when you consider the plethora of attacking options that City can boast and the wave of young, creative midfielders that can be found at Stamford Bridge, it is easy to see why Arsenal may find themselves slipping off the pace. Fast.
Their run of fixtures in February and March would make even Manuel Pellegrini hide behind his sofa. Injuries haven't helped either, with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere both sidelined.
Hence the need for a stop-gap such as Kallstrom. But he is nothing more than that.
Despite his aging years he still possesses an exquisite passing range and the ability to dictate the play from the centre of the park, but he is hardly likely to be the catalyst to Arsenal winning their first major trophy in eight years.
He isn't likely to win you a game unlike Eden Hazard or Yaya Toure for example, and Wenger must shoulder the blame for not showing more intent in the market from the get go.
In all honesty, the transfer window passed with very little flourish. Of the top eight sides, only Manchester United - with their capture of Spanish playmaker Juan Mata - and Chelsea can lay claim to truly enhancing the quality of their squads.
But that is giving no excuses to Wenger. It was a time where he needed to show the rest of the Premier League that his team mean business and that they are legitimate challengers.
He did that in the summer with the acquisition of Mesut Ozil and he had a chance to show the Premier League that the Ozil deal wasn't a one-off, but instead he climbed back into his shell and by doing so could cost Arsenal the chance of winning the Premier League for the first time in a decade.
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