Arsenal have failed to acquire their top targets this summer. We were unwilling to match Real Madrid’s asking price for Gonzalo Higuain, which saw the Argentine striker move to Napoli. Wayne Rooney has disappeared from our radar and only looks like joining Chelsea if he departs United in the next 13 days. The Luis Suarez deal looks dead in the water at the moment. Stevan Jovetic signed for Manchester City, while our latest target (Luiz Gustavo) opted to join WOLFSBURG instead of us. What was supposed to be one of the most eagerly anticipated summer transfer windows in years for us, due to the substantial funds available for us to utilize, has simply turned out to be one of the most disastrous and frustrating in recent memory.
Last summer we managed to do our dealings in the window relatively early (not on deadline day). But after seeing all of our targets choose elsewhere other than the Emirates, it looks like Arsene Wenger will be doing some ‘panic’ buying on, or near, deadline day this summer. His latest bid, a derisory one in my opinion, for Yohan Cabaye is evidence of this. You would have thought that Wenger would’ve learned from his mistakes, but he hasn’t.
I’m not saying we won’t sign anyone, because anything can happen from now until the window shuts. However, I am saying that you will see Wenger pick up the scraps, players further down his list and probably players who he doesn’t really require.
Panic is setting in at the Emirates. Several Arsenal fans are panicking (me included), worried about whether or not they will see their team be reinforced in the upcoming days, and Wenger himself is more than likely bricking it, knowing he had so many days to sort out his dealings, but left it (once again) late. And also knowing what awaits him from the media and fans alike if he doesn’t attain top quality that was promised.