Arsenal got their summer transfer window off to a flying start when they signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach before the European Championships had even kicked off. But since that exciting day, the Gunners faithful have been left holding their breath.
In the meantime, Manchester United have agreed deals with Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan while Chelsea have spent big on N'Golo Kante and Michy Batshuayi.
Even now the newspapers are filling with transfer news from Arsenal's Premier League rivals, leaving fans fearing a repeat of last summer when Arsene Wenger signed Petr Cech early in the window only to choose against signing anyone else.
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With enforcements needed all over the park, Wenger needs to think about getting his chequebook out sooner rather than later. But it would appear the Frenchman is feeling more frugal at this moment in time, choosing now as the time to speak about the players he won't be buying.
In a recent interview with Arsenal's official website, Wenger spoke about the quality that Xhaka will bring to his squad and then said his midfield roster was pretty much complete. That means the reported interest in Moussa Sissoko is probably fictitious, not that Arsenal fans want to see their club paying £35m for a Championship player anyway.
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No more midfielders
“[Xhaka brings] his passing ability to play through the lines from deep positions, his work rate, and he’s good in the air,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“He’s a young boy as well, 23 years old. There’s a lot to come from him. We lost three midfielders: [Mathieu] Flamini, [Tomas] Rosicky and [Mikel] Arteta, and numbers-wise we are quite solid in midfield now.
“[Mohamed] Elneny had a big impact when he came here, [Francis] Coquelin was injured for a long time and is back. [Santi] Cazorla will come back, [Jack] Wilshere is back… so we are solid in midfield.”
Sucks to be Aaron Ramsey, who Wenger has clearly forgotten about.
The worrying thing for Arsenal fans is that you cannot see where the targets are going to come from. They were believed to be interested in Alvaro Morata but Real Madrid clearly have no intention of selling after rejecting a £62m bid from Chelsea.
They have also been linked with Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain and Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi but neither of those rumours appears to be coming from concrete sources. It actually seems as if Wenger is done for another summer.
Wenger has always strived for value in the transfer market and this summer is not the time to get it. With the new TV deal kicking in, prices have never been higher with £30m seemingly the going rate to sign anyone with international recognition. Unless Wenger agrees to part with a club-record fee, it is unlikely Arsenal fans will be seeing any more notable stars between now and September.
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