Arsenal fans thinking their club will be busy in the transfer window can think again.
After finishing 10 points behind Leicester City in the Premier League title race - thanks to an all-too-familiar collapse in the second half of the season that saw them win just twice in nine matches - it was thought that Arsene Wenger would spend heavily in the summer.
But he has confirmed that Granit Xhaka, who arrived from Borussia Monchengladbach, will be joined by just two more players.
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Gunners fans have, as expected, reacted negatively to the news. Wenger is under increasing pressure having seen Arsenal’s league title drought extend to 12 years and he will face more competition next season.
Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all endured difficult seasons but have responded by hiring new managers. Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho have already got stuck in, signing Ilkay Gundogan and Eric Bailly respectively.
Wenger appears to have failed in his bid to sign Jamie Vardy from Leicester and so it’s back to the drawing board for the Frenchman.
Unfortunately for Arsenal fans, that drawing board isn’t loaded with many names.
“We’ve already bought one player – Granit Xhaka – from Monchengladbach, because we’ve lost three players,” Wenger told Tencent Sports, per Goal. “We’ve lost [Mikel] Arteta, we’ve lost [Tomas] Rosicky and [Mathieu] Flamini.
“So we’ve bought one midfielder and we’re still in the market to buy one or two more players.
“But it is not easy. It is not just buying. We also have to keep a good balance. If you buy too many players you destabilise your team. So three is the maximum.”
Of course, Wenger was blasted on Twitter.
Wenger’s decision to not sign a single outfield player in last season’s summer transfer window didn’t backfire entirely. Arsenal finished second and were still in the title race in mid-February after beating the Foxes at the Emirates Stadium.
But it seems like it’s now or never for the 66-year-old. Arsenal fans no longer allow Wenger to view a top-four finish as a job well done, and finishing second again next season might not be enough for him to keep his job.
And the likes of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez arrived in north London with the intention of winning titles. Failure to do so in 2017 could see both depart.
So it certainly represents a risk not to be proactive in the transfer window. Especially given that Arsenal have the funds to sign four or five quality players.
One person who is an advocate for the ‘WengerOut’ campaign is club hero Paul Merson, who referred to his former boss as being like a “squatter” in April.
“It’s getting to a bit of an awkward situation now. He’s getting like a squatter really,” Merson told talkSPORT.
“You know, you have a squatter in your house and you want them out – and you can’t!
“They’ve got to make a decision. They need change!”