A Miserable Transfer Window For Arsenal So Far….

By on August 12, 2011

What a summer it’s been for Arsenal. Weeks and weeks of rumours of new players joining coupled with speculation from papers and twitter yet nothing has happened. Well, not nothing, we have signed two right wingers and a defender, but two of them are under 20 years old, and only one of them is likely to play a significant part in our squad next season.

Even our selling has been conducted appallingly. We have seen months of speculation about both Nasri and Fabregas and only now with the season about to start does it look like we’re ready to sell meaning we’ll be without two of our best players and no replacements for the opening day of the season.

Even the shifting of deadwood hasn’t exactly gone to plan, Denilson wasn’t wanted by anyone and had to be shipped out on loan. Whilst Almunia and Squillaci have attracted very little interest.

Bendtner on the other hand, has been close to a transfer, although his wages have meant we’ve had to lower the asking price by a significant price. The fact that we gave such big contracts to Denilson, Almunia, Bendtner and co. yet let Nasri and Clichy have theirs run down is mind blowing, and the people in charge of that should be ashamed. 

Speaking before his friendly for Denmark, the big Dane said he was very close to leaving the club. Similarly Eboue seems close to leaving. Ideally though, he’d have left and been replaced during early pre season, not this close to the season.

The main issue regarding transfers has been the lack of movement in defence. Our first choice left back has departed and doesn’t even look like been replaced, whilst we are no closer to signing any of Samba, Cahill, Dann or Jagielka than a month ago. That’s despite the continuous mistakes made in pre season by Djourou and Squillaci.

Now it looks like they may be our starting pair for the season’s opener at St James’ Park, with injuries to Vermaelen and Koscielny highlighting our lack of depth. The same problem we had last year which meant that Squillaci had to play 33 matches.

We only have to look at our biggest challengers for next season to see where we’ve gone wrong. Manchester United, league title winners last year and Champions League finalists have improved on their side this summer and did it in time for the new additions to settle into the team during pre season.

The signings of Ashley Young and Phil Jones show the need for Premier League experience whilst David De Gea has shown the potential to be a quality goalkeeper for the next 20 years. You could call him their Szczesny – but more experienced and arguably a better player. It also shows Sir Alex’s desire to fill his Goalkeeper’s position quickly and for the foreseeable future – unlike Wenger when replacing Seaman and Lehmann.

Liverpool too have acted quickly in the market, and although they’ve paid over the odds for a few players, they’ve successfully secured their main targets in time for the season. Given their lack of European football – a distraction until the last stages – Sir Alex has put them down as dark horses for the title, and who’d want to bet against him?

Maybe we will sign a defender by this weekend, maybe we wont sign one until deadline day. Maybe we wont sign a defender at all. But when we do sign one, it will certainly not give him enough time to adapt to the team and the style of defending we play. That was a problem for Squillaci last year, who missing pre season made a lot errors in adapting to our style, and has subsequently lost all confidence and seems a very bad player indeed.

We can still sort out our transfers this summer, selling Fabregas and or Nasri signing Cahill, Mata and a striker would please me. Adding a player like Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao to that list would make me think we are serious title contenders. 

Right now though, I cannot say I am confident about the new season though, I am more worried.

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8 Comments

  1. Asefa w/Mariam

    August 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Dear CEO Arsenal,

    Arsenal team is nearly out of Premier Leage pictures. No, potencial attacker,no potencial and technician midfielder,No potencial defender.

    Even if Mr Arsen wake-up now, nothing left in the market.

    Who so ever available in the market will require some times to adapt or creat a team work,

    I am sorry for Arsenal,

    Bi Bi

  2. Homer

    August 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    This is the poorest excuse of a blog.
    You write like a 14 year old video gammer. Fook off loser.

  3. martie

    August 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    DO YOU BLOODY understand he wotn eb signign anyone FFS, we had whole summer to sign players and he did fuuck all. We needed to add to the saud even if we kept nasri and Fabregas. what makes you think 1 day b4the new season when wenger obviuosly knew fabregas was going to go, he is suddenly going to sign players ffs. HE WONT BE SIGNIGN anyone dont u bloody get it jesus.

  4. head

    August 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    When I see a blog criticising Arsenal’s tranfer window, the first thing I do is do a page search for “Gervinho”.

    He isn’t in here, so I’m not even going to read this.

  5. PhilF

    August 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    So much for a ‘busy summer’. 2 19 year olds and a player unproven at the top level… All that talk about needing a central defender and now we don’t need one? Fabregas and Nasri leaving just before the season starts. Penny pinching when making offers for new players, no wonder we can’t attract top quality. This is a farce, Wenger is a joke a past his sell by date. 6th or 7th this season…. If we’re lucky.

  6. willyg

    August 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Arsene won’t last till Christmas.

  7. lloyd

    August 12, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    i am fuming arsenals transfer policy or lack of 1 is a joke were a laghing stock. weve got 100m 4 transfers but it looks like were gona sell fab and nas and still not get f all apart from adalesants and bargan basement sighnings *wake up wenger b4 u destroy the club u made great* p.s give are russan owner a seat on board and bring back david dean or its all gona end in tears

  8. Kiku Ssekatawa

    August 13, 2011 at 4:22 am

    I think we are stressing too much for a club that doesn’t seem to care at all! After all talk of Mata, Jadson, Mertesacker and others joining the club, Wenger has moved to rubbish it by claiming that they are not needed! Following disgusting reports that Cesc and Nasri are on the verge of signing elsewhere, Wenger came out yesterday to claim that HE EXPECTS NOBODY TO LEAVE ARSENAL AND THAT THE TWO DIDN’T MAKE THE SQUAD TO FACE NEW CASTLE BECAUSE ONE IS UNFIT AND THE OTHER IS SICK!!!!
    The good thing is that the transfer deadline is barely three weeks away, so, if the club have been fooling us all along, they won’t do so for more than three weeks now. Fellow Gooners, please, stop stressing and spending sleepless nights on Arsenal transfers. Just wait for what will come out come September 1st, so that if nothing we had expected came out, we would not hang! Good day.

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