Neither Arsenal nor Manchester United have signed a big name this summer, while the other top five teams have all spent serious cash.
Chelsea brought in Andre Schurrle, Mark Schwarzer, and Marco van Ginkel.
Tottenham acquired Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Roberto Soldado, and now possibly Etienne Capoue.
Manchester City have spent the most, getting Fernandinho, Jesus Navas, Stevan Jovetic, and Alvaro Negredo. Not bad work.
Things have been far more quiet at the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford, however. So far, Arsenal have signed Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer and Manchester United have acquired Guillermo Varela.
But the Gunners and Red Devils remain stuck in gridlock. It's not to say they haven't tried. Manchester United have reportedly moved for Gareth Bale, while their interest in Cesc Fabregas as well as Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines has been well-documented.
Arsenal have gone after Wayne Rooney, Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain, and Bernard. So far though, all of these potential moves have come to nothing.
Both teams took a big hit Thursday. Fabregas proudly stated that he was going to stay a member of Barcelona, in response to all the interest and bids he had garnered from United. Under a new manager, Fabregas is going to try to get regular first team football for the Spanish side.
Also, Arsenal target Bernard decided to go to Shakhtar Donetsk. Arsenal had been making a strong push and it is unfortunate that they were not able to counter rival Tottenham's Brazilian signing (Paulinho) with one of their own.
However, the transfer window is long, and there remain many potential moves ahead. Arsenal could use some depth at defence, and Swansea's Ashley Williams could be just the man
Also, Arsenal should keep pushing for a striker to replace the gap Robin van Persie left after going to Manchester United. They must persist with Suarez and Rooney because their rivals for Champions League play have all made big acquisitions. The need a striker of proven ability if they are to win silverware.
Manchester United need to match the work of City in the transfer market. They should keep hot on the trail of Fellaini, Luca Modric, and Baines.
They could even make an offer for someone like Bastian Schweinsteiger. With Paul Scholes' retirement, they could use that game-controlling midfielder with a special talent again.
They need less players then Arsenal do. However, it doesn't mean that they can't improve themselves.
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