Once again there are a number of deflated Arsenal fans this summer after a anti-climatic transfer deadline day thus far. A side who are in desperate need of at least a striker, early this afternoon suggested that they would not be participating in today’s transfer deadline day.
A statement that shocked Gunners fans, have Arsenal and Arsene Wenger just thrown in the towel and conceded a top 4 finish?
The signings of Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers and David Ospina were an unusual and unexpected surprise for Arsenal fans who lapped up the big name signings for once. However, deadline day, as everyone knows can be a vital tool to any squad. The chance to bring in some last fresh blood before the metaphorical window slams shut until the new year and if you’re an Arsenal fan without your first choice striker, that is a long time.
Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell are the only recognised out and out strikers for the London club after first choice striker, Olivier Giroud broke his foot in the dying seconds of Arsenals 2-2 draw away at Everton.
Tipped to sign a striker on the last day of the window, Arsenal fans have been waiting in expectation. With Radamel Falcao heavily labelled a man to join Arsenal this summer; the Gunners saw the Colombian slip through their fingers and instead join league rivals Manchester United on a season long loan from Monaco.
If Arsenal cannot compete with teams outside of the Champions League; will they themselves falter and fall from the top 4? Their lacklustre performance against Leicester City on Sunday highlighted Arsenals reliance on Giroud and denoted the fact that Sanogo is not ready to lead the line for Wenger’s side.
Despite claims of being active in the market today, Wenger did suggest in his post-match interview yesterday that when things are tough, it’s not as easy as to just sign a player. Unfortunately, Arsenal fans would probably disagree.
Whilst their competitors are snapping up talent like Falcao in the dying hours of the window, Wenger is off to Italy to referee a charity match.
Maybe he will find some untapped talent there.
By Oliver Baines | September 1st, 2014