Arsene Wenger is expected to bring some significant new players in to the Arsenal side during the transfer window this month. There are some key positions that need improving and covering in case of injury, and Ivan Gazidis has indicated that the Arsenal board will back Wenger to spend some decent money, although the amount is debatable.
It is no surprise, then, that some Gooners have reacted angrily to the Gunners missing out on four players who have been linked with a move to the Emirates. First, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar decided to sign a new contract with his club, Schalke. Then, Chelsea activated the £7 million release clause and signed Demba Ba, while Juventus have almost wrapped up the transfer of the Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente.
The most painful part is the news that Tottenham have agreed a deal with Lewis Holtby from Schalke for a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer. I sincerely hope that we did not want him because we should not be losing out to the Spuds.
Wenger has spoken today about his thoughts on the transfer market, and he thinks it will start slowly, because of the uncertainty over the financial situation all over Europe and the world. Surely, though, this should mean that Arsenal are in a better position than most other clubs and we should be able to get the pick of the top class players, if there really is any money.
“Very calm because, first of all, I believe there is little money, and what can happen is basically a transfer market between the English clubs.
“That is more difficult than with the foreign clubs. Overall I believe that not a lot will happen.
“What makes the clubs are the fans, and what makes the fans is the economy. On that front nobody is really sure what will happen in 2013.”
I can tell you one thing that will happen in 2013, Arsene. If Arsenal do not buy some decent players, the fans who make the club will be absolutely incandescent with fury. We pay the highest ticket prices anywhere, and we are sick of transfer windows coming and going with bugger all happening.