It’s been 10 days and Arsenal have signed no one! by KJ
It’s been a very frustrating season so far. Arsenal went from title contenders in the very early portion of the season (notably when we played City off the pitch at the Etihad), to barely top 4 contenders and now sit 5 points off Tottenham. This could’ve been a lot worse had we not gone on this vital 4 win streak recently. You’d expect Arsene as a result to heavily invest in the current squad as it’s clearly not good enough to title challenge, and there are definitely some questions on whether this team can contend for the top 4.
However, 1/3 of the window has gone by and there hasn’t been a single player incoming and more importantly, there still isn’t confirmation on Walcott’s future. I understand that it takes time but Wenger should’ve been straight out of the blocks once the window opened. Liverpool and Chelsea got their business done early and will no doubt reap the rewards in a very tough January for almost all of the top teams. But Arsenal on the other hand will go in against City without any signings that could potentially influence the realistic possibility of getting a top 2 finish.
Wenger is a very stubborn man and it seems that has transcended into the transfer window. Last season, we were 10 points off Tottenham in January and Wenger decided against signing a player. Fortunately, we managed to overturn that gap. However, Wenger can’t rely on Tottenham collapsing again. There’s enough proof to suggest that they’ll manage to finish the season strongly. Firstly, they’ve improved their squad over the summer whilst ours has stagnated or become worse. They are pushing hard to sign a new striker (including Damiao and Negredo). Finally, they now have a tactically astute manager who puts ‘Arry to shame. There’s no doubt that he’ll rotate the players at the business end of the season and will not allow Tottenham to crumble.
I’m really worried with regards to how this transfer window will end up. Wenger isn’t really inspiring confidence at the moment and I hope his stubbornness doesn’t cloud his judgement over how good this squad really is (which is clearly lacking in several positions).