With the transfer window still well and truly open, top clubs are continuing to buy and sell at a frenetic pace.
The upcoming season promises to be an exciting one, with the arrival of the world’s best players and managers joining the Premier League. Fans of many clubs are eager to see how their teams will fare, and clubs will be looking to push on from their performances last season.
However, fans from one club, in particular, are expressing concern due to their relatively lack of transfer activity. Of equal concern is the lack of urgency in the transfer market compared to other clubs.
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So far, Arsenal's only signings have been midfielder Granit Xhaka, and Japanese starlet Takuma Asano.
The Arsenal faithful are not entirely convinced and many remain frustrated.
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Arsene Wenger appeared to set the tone last season, when he told The Guardian in April that the upcoming transfer activity would be limited, and it appears as if this attitude has influenced the lack of urgency in trying to recruit the top players.
Arsenal’s bid for Jamie Vardy was also indicative of this. Although it seemed to show some urgency, it fell through limply and many were surprised at Vardy’s decision to stay with Leicester City.
Other players linked to Arsenal, like Gonzalo Higuain and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, have either not been aggressively pursued by Arsenal, or have been snapped up by their rivals.
The faithful at the Emirates Stadium could be forgiven for wondering if history is yet again repeating itself.
Arsenal’s midfield seems to be the strongest part of the squad, but it is central defence and in the striking positions that need reinforcement.
Their pursuit of strikers seems to have lacked real intent, and it has recently been confirmed by Lyon's club president, that the north London outfit have not made an official bid for transfer target Alexandre Lacazette.
With London rivals Crystal Palace and West Ham United making bold bids for high profile targets, while the Gunners misfire, it will only add to the growing frustration among the fans.
Of even greater concern is time. Arsenal are in danger of running out of time to sign the players that they need. Fans will want to avoid the troubling thought of last minute panic buys.
The next few weeks will be be key in determining how well Arsenal do next season. They will need to show some real aggression in securing the players they want, or risk another disappointing 2016/17 campaign.
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