Arsenal fans are very frustrated at their club’s lack of transfer activity this summer.
They may have moved early to complete the signing of Granit Xhaka for £30million, but the arrivals of Rob Holding and Takuma Asano since then have done very little to inspire the fanbase.
The north London club have recently been linked with the likes of Riyad Mahrez, Alexandre Lacazette and Shkodran Mustafi but, with just days remaining until their opening Premier League fixture against Liverpool, they don’t appear any closer to getting a deal done.
Last summer, Arsene Wenger made the mistake of not signing a single senior outfield player - something that may have cost them dearly as they failed to win yet another league title.
And this summer looks set to be another disappointment.
So, why hasn’t Wenger brought in more players? After all, Manchester United have signed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, while Manchester City have completed deals for John Stones, Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane.
Well, the French boss blames his lack of activity on no top players being available.
“To deliver big players, it’s a bit more difficult,” he told 101 Great Goals.
“When you look at the intensity, the amount of player that have brought since the opening of the transfer window, it’s not so many because all the big clubs want only top, top level players and there are none available.
“So, the managers are there, the money is there but the players are not there.”
You don’t hear managers from other clubs complaining.
Whether Wenger can find a “top, top level” player before the window slams shut remains to be seen but it’s clear he needs to add to his squad to compete with both Manchester clubs for the league title this season.
With Per Mertesacker ruled out until the new year and Gabriel sidelined for six to eight weeks, Wenger surely needs to sign a defender in the coming days or weeks.
Wenger has also been linked with a move for a new striker to rival Olivier Giroud this season. However, with moves for Jamie Vardy, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain all coming to nothing, Wenger must surely take a chance on Lacazette.
One thing is for sure, Arsenal fans won’t enjoy hearing Wenger’s comments.