Mikel Arteta isn't worried about the lack of new arrivals at the Emirates Stadium this summer, and has faith that Arsene Wenger will add to a team that hasn't realistically challenged for a major trophy in years.
Arsenal fans must be left feeling rather bemused, especially as this window promised much. Fans were told there was money to spend, and the intent was there to sign players.
Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid seemed a formality, however in typical Arsenal fashion, their lack of decisiveness in getting his signature allowed Napoli to steal in and sign the prolific Argentine frontman.
Arteta isn't worried about missing out Higuain though, and tells fans that transfers can be lengthy procedures.
"It will happen," Arteta told the Daily Mirror. His own £10m move from Everton took place on transfer deadline day in August 2011.
"I have no doubts about it. It takes time but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.
"I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do well in the transfer window.”
The stylish midfielder hopes that some new acquisitions will strengthen a side that has been consistent in recent years, but consistent in a mediocre fashion, constantly trailing the big sides by huge margins in the title races.
"I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive,” he added.
"We need to close the gap with the teams that are trying to win the titles. We have been too far in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes. We won't be as far this season."
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