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Time for Arsenal to walk, not talk

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Arsenal_badgeWith all the talk about the ‘biggest transfer budget’ in the club’s history, the signs are more or less similar to the ones we’ve been used to in the summers past! Inactivity, demonic silence, slow progress, etc. The same questions still ring – ‘will we ever see a changed Arsene Wenger? Will Arsenal ever dine at the same table as Man City, Chelsea and Man United? From the evidence of this current summer, the answer is a resounding ‘NO’, despite the claims made by Ivan Gazidis of Arsenal now being able to compete with clubs like Bayern Munich and Real Madrid!

Its been around a month now since we bid farewell to one of the most turbulent seasons in Arsenal’s Premier League history. But despite other clubs making statements of intent by loosening their purse stings, Arsenal have nothing to report in their transfer dealings as of yet!

Monaco have already shaken Europe by purchasing Radamel Falcao, Joao Mourtinho and James Rodriguez, and they are not done yet, threatening to raid Arsenal for Bacary Sagna.

Chelsea have all but sealed the signing of Andre Schurrle, Man City have landed Jesus Navas, even Liverpool have captured the signature of Iago Aspas, while Barcelona have acquired Neymar and Bayern Munich have their hands on Mario Gotze despite already possessing undoubtedly Europe’s finest squad!

Arsenal, who even the blind can clearly see need reinforcements this summer, have nothing to shout about, apart from the free signing of the obscure Yaya Sanogo from Ligue 2’s Auxerre. This a sign of a club with ambition? Can this be described as an indication of a club intent on taking advantage of the managerial instability at other clubs to win the league next season? I’m afraid not!!!

In spite of the endless speculation linking us with a myriad of players all over the world, with some sources going as far as claiming that bids have already been thrown in, nothing seems to have materialized. We are kept in a vicious cycle of hope, the kind of hope that seemingly will never come to fruition! I hope I’m wrong.

It is clear that Maruoane Fellaini wants to leave Everton, and, ideally, would be interested in moving to Arsenal for Champions League football. More interestingly, he has a buy-out clause of around £23 million, which makes Everton powerless to block a move should anyone trigger it. But Wenger seem reluctant to splash out on him, according to reports. Yet given the Belgian’s apparent quality, he would not be short of suitors, ones that would easily beat off competition from Arsenal in terms of wages, unless Wenger moves quickly to snap him up. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem bothered at all!

Gonzalo Higuain is another one seemingly on his way out of Real Madrid, but even Juventus who are not doing that well financially, whom Forbes doesn’t rate even in the top ten richest football clubs, look more favoured to sign him. So is Stevan Jovetic! Why? The answer is very simple. They are more ambitious, more trophy-hungry than our beloved Arsenal!

How many times have we read about how Arsenal ‘are on the verge of signing Ashley Williams, Julio Cesar and so on’ and the verge tuned out to be ‘nowhere near’ by the look of things? However, can anyone really believe that Arsenal don’t have the resources to sign players from Swansea, QPR or Everton? The painful truth is that Wenger and his Arsenal bosses are simply NOT ambitious at all. They are perhaps waiting until late August when all the super players are bought to scrap for the leftovers, only to maintain Arsenal in mediocrity!

There are players out there that Arsenal can snap up right now, and ones that can transform our team into real contenders next season, players, evidently, that Wenger just hasn’t even bid for. Robert Lewandowski, who Dortmund stopped from joining Bayern, Burak Yilmaz, Roberto Soldado, Arda Turan, Edin Dzeko, Marek Hamsik, etc. There’s talk of Wayne Rooney, but why not throw in a bid and test United’s resolve to hold on to him, rather than just talk, talk, talk and only talk?

Wenger, Gazidis and all concerned MUST realize that we are tired of being a laughing stock. We need to win trophies. They owe us trophies, not empty promises. And in order to get quality these days unfortunately they must spend, not talk about their riches and potential recruits.

We certainly talk the talk, but now its time to walk the walk!

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  • Kevin says:

    Ill thought tripe gets put up on website with no fact or basis to speak of.

  • mohamed says:

    Early bird gets a good worm

  • malyqprince says:

    Fellaini,Jovetic,Higuain,Nani,Rooney,Williams,e.t.c are mere rumours untill I see them unveil in Arsenal jersey.
    If the Management believe that business is all about making profit,they are wrong. And if the 70m pounds is just a flash they should let us know.
    I’m pretty sure that after ther transfer window,Mr Wenger will return hug amount back to the club’s account as left overs,instead of faking us I will implore them to go to Tahiti and buy the full squad and return the remaining money to the club’s accoun as planned. We all know that Wenger is a good manager and a correct scout as well,I can verge on it that all the players on Arsenal’s wish list will be sold to clubs that mean and nead trophies. Gunners till I fade off.
    They will not succeed if their plan is to spoil the Team.

  • Andy Mack says:

    “mohamed Says: Early bird gets a good worm”

    mohamed, it is possible that they already have agreements in place.

    If it becomes known that we are talking to someone then we could end up with a ‘juan mata’ situation where another team offers too much money.

    I’m happy to wait and hope I’m not disappointed on the 1st day of the season.

  • Andy Mack says:

    “malyqprince Says: ….
    If the Management believe that business is all about making profit…”.

    Don’t be an idiot.
    They know it’s about winning and the long term future of the club. No one takes dividends or profits, they are just put back to the club and will continue to be that way until the stadium debt has been paid.

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