Arsenal's lack of signings this summer, coupled with an opening day defeat to Aston Villa, has resulted in unrest for the fans who have been waiting patiently for silverware for some time now.
It's been a long time since they had acquired a good player to strengthen their squad and the way things are proceeding in this transfer window it looks like another long wait is ahead for the north London team.
Arsene Wenger failed to bring the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Luiz Guztavo and Luiz Suarez to the Emirates Stadium. Higuain and Suarez will definitely be an upgrade for them, but securing Gustavo could have filled their biggest hole.
Arsenal's lack of decisive approach in the market is going to hurt them badly unless they wake up from their slumber. Their north London rivals, Tottenham, on the other hand have strengthened their squad significantly and it will be difficult for the Gunners to hold on to the fourth spot this season.
The departures of Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Alex Song among others have weakened the north London side very badly. And their replacements were young French players who were finding their feet in football. The lack of quality replacements over a period has reduced Arsenal's attraction over the years.
Wenger was a little bit cheeky in trying to replace Van Persie with Liverpool striker Suarez. It hasn't materialised and the lack of movement might be annoying for the Arsenal faithful.
On the other hand, after their opening day reversal, they realised their weakness in midfield and submitted a bid for Newcastle schemer Yohan Cabaye. Incidentally he is another Frenchman and falls in line with Wenger's selection criteria.
Cabaye is a gifted playmaker, who runs the show for Newcastle United. If we take a closer look at Arsenal's midfield, they do have enough box-to-box midfielders and playmakers at their disposal. Will Cabaye be an upgrade over them? It's a tough call to answer as the current resources looks on par with the Frenchman's abilities.
On the other hand, Arsenal haven't replaced Alex Song until now. He had done a fantastic job at the Emirates as a defensive midfielder who provided protection and cover for the back four. Song had also played a crucial role in initiating the Arsenal attacks. His absence has left them badly exposed.
Nowadays Arsenal's defence is left exposed whenever the opponents shifts from defence to attack. They aren't able to sniff out danger and protect their vulnerable defence. That hole is looking bigger and bigger with every passing game.
Gustavo could have been an ideal or even a better replacement for the Barcelona man. But for some strange reason Arsenal couldn't wrap up the deal and Bundesliga side Wolfsburg secured his services.
At a time when Arsenal should be desperate for a holding midfielder to screen their defence they are behind Cabaye. Can he do the job?
In reality the Cabaye chase is looking more desperate rather than a well thought out processed move.
Are Arsenal chasing the wrong player? Are they getting into panic mode due to the lack of transfer activities so far?
Time will tell.
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