The top five available strikers in the world at the beginning of this transfer window were Neymar, Steven Jovetić, Roberto Soldado, Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez.
Neymar was quickly snapped up at Barcelona whilst Jovetić and Higuain were marked out as Arsenal targets. Within a very short space of time from the window opening, it was clear that Jovetić was headed for Manchester City leaving, it seemed, just Higuain.
According to large sections of the press at frequent points, Higuain was a done deal. Personal terms had been agreed and, as soon as Real Madrid sorted out their management position, we would hear the announcement that Higuain had become a record signing for Arsenal.
The fans were over the moon. A proven, world class goal-scorer, exactly what the club needed.
Napoli quickly dashed any Arsenal hopes. Their sale of Edison Cavani allowed them to significantly beat the bid from Arsenal and it was clear that Arsene Wenger was not going to match the reported £35 million Napoli were willing to pay.
Arsenal fans began to get twitchy. The two most likely attacking options had gone to other clubs leaving Soldado and Suarez. Arsenal countered with a £35 million bid for Suarez quickly followed by a bid of £40 million + £1 (believed to trigger a clause in the want-away strikers contract). Both bids have been slapped down by the Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers and by the Liverpool board.
Whilst this was going on, Tottenham Hotspurs have all but sealed the deal for Soldado, leaving Wenger and the Arsenal fans with one last hope in Luis Suarez.
If Arsenal fail to land Suarez then there are few other truly world-class strikers on the market and, even if there were, time is running out to buy them. The cry from the Arsenal terraces this weekend will be to spend some money. Wenger may be ideologically opposed to spending the £50 million + that will be required to land Suarez but can he really afford not to?
The Arsenal board began this transfer window with promises of lots of money and big name signings. If the team start the season with the same squad plus Yaya Sanogo, will the fans allow Wenger to survive in his job or will 'Wenger Out' become the weekly chant at the Emirates Stadium?
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