It’s not exactly a summer we expected…or maybe it was. The funds have been made available to Arsene Wenger, as we all know. Yet the Frenchman has only managed to sign a young French forward on a free!
We all know what needs to be done (in terms of in the transfer window) to fix our problems on the pitch. And I’m sure we pretty much have all the same players in mind that we would like to see come to The Emirates. Yet Wenger hasn’t spent a penny, and as a result of his lack of transfer activity, player prices are beginning to increase and, worryingly and frustratingly, time is running out.
And after watching Arsenal slump to a horrible 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa, former Gunners manager Terry Neill strongly believes Wenger needs to spend big to solve our problems.
Neill told talkSPORT.com:
‘We are short of players, but because they’ve not signed anyone at the start of the window, the prices will be hyped up for panic buys at the end of it.
‘It’s not an impossible situation [for Wenger] but when you’re at the sharp end you have to do things to placate the supporters.
‘If it had cost an extra couple of million to get players in at the start of the transfer window that would have saved them millions at the end of it because now clubs know they are desperate so they hype up the prices and that doesn’t make economic sense.’
He went on to say that the club need a solid core, a spine, and has been left bemused by Wenger’s lack of transfer activity and inability to sign players which could have improved the side immensely:
‘They need the spine of a team.
‘The goalkeeper Cesar would be the first name you put on your team-sheet. That was one of the reasons I worked so hard to get Pat Jennings from Tottenham, because top goalkeepers scare teams.
‘They could have got Williams, the centre-back from Swansea, for £12m. Now he will cost lot more. And I did tell the Arsenal people four of five years ago about Victor Wanyama. They said ‘thanks Terry, but no thanks’. He would have cost two goalposts and a bag of balls but now he’s gone to Southampton for £12m, and he’s a superb defensive midfield player. So they need the spine of a team.’
Panic buys – this is all we should expect to see happen from now until the end of the transfer window. And it’s a real shame that it has once again come down to this knowing we had substantial funds to spend this summer.