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Arsenal Wont Spend Big This Summer….The Writing Is On The Wall Already

With fans still waiting for those big-money signings they’ve been promised Gooner Daily tells us why he thinks it’s going to be a case of deja vu for Gooners.

With Arsenal fans still waiting for those big-money signings they’ve been promised this summer, blogger Gooner Daily tells us why he thinks it’s going to be a case of deja vu for Gooners.


Just a few weeks ago, there was a Q and A session that was held with Arsenal’s Chief Executive, Ivan Gazidis, and if my memory serves me right, the orator blew his trumpet about how the club was beginning to reach the upper echelons in flexing its financial muscles, as the club has always been in spotlight for its thrifty nature in the transfer market.

He boldly spoke about the club’s transfers, competing with the juggernauts of European football, winning trophies, changing the wage structure, Arsene Wenger’s future and the whole nine yards.

A faction of the Arsenal faithful were elated and had a renewed sense of optimism while another section took it with a pinch of salt, believing that Arsenal were never going to change. If I tell that I was part of the latter lot, I’m one hell of a liar.

The media Vultures delved into this and published a million and one articles linking Arsenal with some top quality players, which made the fans drool at the thought of some world class talent coming to the Emirates. The days of waiting turned into weeks and the Asian Tour became a welcome distraction as waiting for a transfer to happen at Arsenal was no different from waiting for Marouane Chamakh to score a goal.

Speaking of goals, Arsenal’s forwards have definitely found their scoring boots in the Asia Tour with Olivier Giroud leading the pack with an impressive five goals in two games, albeit against weaker opposition, as all his haters have been quick to point out. The youngster, Chuba Akpom, has been in fine form as well, with Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and the Ox all getting in on the goalscoring acts.

With this probably in mind, Arsene Wenger may have changed his thoughts and is now ready to stick with his current crop of forwards. According to Goal, Arsene Wenger has hinted the expectant Arsenal fans that no new signing will be coming anytime soon,

“The competition in Europe is very hard at the moment, there’s a lot of money and not many players. We work hard but we are not close to signing anybody.”

Well, as gutted as these quotes from the boss makes me feel, it’s not as if he and the Arsenal hierarchy didn’t try to delve into the transfer market this summer. It’s not as if the transfer market is some kind of grocery store at the end of a street where you can go and pick what you want.

There was a period when the buzz around Gonzalo Higuain was so much that Arsenal fans already thought he was an Arsenal player. The striker wanted out, it was believed that Arsenal made a bid, but Real Madrid got greedy.

Higuain checked all the boxes for the kind of striker Arsenal fans craved;

  • Technically proficient
  • Would blend into the team
  • Proven goalscorer
  • Scores goals for fun
  • Scores more goals for fun

With Arsenal not coming close to Real Madrid’s evaluation for the player, the Higuain flames started dousing till there was nothing left to even start a new fire. Out of the blue, the player reveals that Chelsea wants him, while Napoli intends to use him as a replacement for the departed Edinson Cavani, and like Arsenal, they also have loads of money in the bank.

Then of course, there was the story about an audacious £30 million bid for Luis Suarez that was rejected by Liverpool. The thoughts of a player like Suarez joining Arsenal has come with mixed opinions but from my research I’ve found out that a considerable chunk of Arsenal fans don’t want to see the Uruguayan wear the sacred Red and White because of the excess baggage he carries.

Suarez’s talent is undoubted in the world of football but his diving theatrics, row with the English Press, racism incident with Patrice Evra and of course, the world-famous biting chronicles makes him one hell of an enigma. I’ve done my bit on him and this interesting piece by @Omomo14 on Arsenal Vision (a pro-Suarez Gooner) cited more reasons than one why Suarez would be a perfect fit for Arsenal. However, Liverpool’s gaffer, Brendan Rodgers, has told Arsenal to @#&$ off, putting it mildly.

So much focus has gone into looking for a striker for Arsenal and everyone has neglected the fact that there are still some key strategic positions that are in dire need of reinforcements. Arsenal’s skipper, Thomas Vermaelen, will be out for three months with a stress fracture in his back, but there has been no talk of a new defender coming in.

Instead, the boss has been busy trying Bacary Sagna and Chuks Aneke in center back positions during the Tour. With age and fatigue slowly creeping in on Mikel Arteta, the Gunners folded their arms as Asier Illarramendi joined Real Madrid. The Guardian reported that the Gunners also had an £18.5 million bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender rejected.

To mitigate any potential loss for Mikel Arteta, the boss continues to try out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the middle. Optimization at its best.

Arsenal’s first Premier League match against Aston Villa is just a month away but there has been no real transfer activity into the team with the exception of a young injury-prone forward that joined as a free agent. Meanwhile, the Arsenal hierarchy is very busy clearing out its deadwood.

Arsenal fans, even if we continue to hope (in futility), I hate to break it to you but Arsenal don’t look like they will be spending anytime soon, as the manager had clearly stated, and while there is still time left in the window, those big-name signings we’ve been promised look further away than ever. The writing is on the effin’ wall.

This post was originally published on Gooner Daily – you can check out their Facebook page here.



  1. William

    July 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    The bids for Hiquain and Suarez are a smoke screen.Wenger will not pay 25 million for any player. Now he asked the former QPR to take a paycut to join Arsenal.
    If the gunners can’t challenge next season,blame wenger .His scrooge style has caused Arsenal’s decline the last five years.

    • Mick

      July 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

      If you genuinely believe that Wenger has not get better things to do at this time of the season than plot smokescreens and plan subterfuge operations in order to deceive the fans then you are an absolute idiot. Furthermore seeing as we are still in the champions league how exactly have we declined. We have not improved but neither have we declined.

      • Dog

        July 21, 2013 at 1:14 pm

        Am try the empty trophy cabinet or the fact that 2 years in a row it was sheer luck that got us 4th on the last day of the season!
        I am amazed when i read about our ‘good run’ at the end of last season, I remember us hanging on by a hair against lesser teams with 10 men and not beating a single top 4 club all season.
        That IS decline…

      • Chris

        July 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        We have declined in relation to other ‘ top teams ‘ in fact we are not a top team. Are you so starry eyed about Wenger that you cannot see that ?

  2. Th14

    July 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

    He can go and bid £80 million for messi and £70 million for ronaldo, simple fact is the club is making bids that are below the players true value, then not going back in when it gets rejected, but to the fans it looks like there trying, but not succeeding, so when the window closes all the excuses have already been made, there creating there alibis by making bids.

  3. gutted gooner

    July 21, 2013 at 10:47 am

    When I read I read the report of arsenal asking cesar to have a pay cut from 45 to 30 …felt bit ashamed ….he was the best in confederation cup and no 1 of brazil ….still what the hell these f#$%ing board thinks…..we fans are not glory hunters…we don’t need trophies for granded…..we only wanted to see a board and manger to share our ambitions …

    • arsenal-steve

      July 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Wenger paid £60,000 a week to Squillaci, 50,000 to Denilson, £80,000 to Chamakh who are all bit part players yet the current quality Brazil goalkeeper he will not pay a modest wage by modern football standards. Doesn’t make sense does it?

      • Dog

        July 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        Does if you are just trying to fool the fans…

      • Chris

        July 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

        Exactly right. One of the problems is that Wenger thinks he is Finance Director as well as (non tactical) Manager / Coach / Director of Football. And if you open your mouth you are out. Pat Rice didn’t … Steve Bould hasn’t …. Stewart Robson did.

  4. The Cabbie

    July 21, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Then drop the price of season tickets by £500 . The tickets are a rip off if AW wont spend Second rate players are watched at second rate prices

  5. gutted gooner

    July 21, 2013 at 10:51 am

    When I read I read the report of arsenal asking cesar to have a pay cut from 45 to 30 …felt bit ashamed ….he was the best in confederation cup and no 1 of brazil ….still what the hell these f#$%ing board thinks…same old story is repeting again transfer targets being missed by hesitating to cough up extra 1 or 2 million…….we fans are not glory hunters…we don’t need trophies for granded…..we only wanted to see a board and manger to share our ambitions …

  6. JeremiahGooner

    July 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    It’s always easy to blame Wenger for being to shrewed but what is the alternative. From what has been said about Higuain it appears that everything was agreed but Real, once they realised that a few clubs were interested, decided to up the price. The same with Suarez, a price is offered, rejected, increased then rejected again. I’m beginning to feel that once the papers get wind of ‘negotiations’ that any deal is already over and the selling club is just trying to instil a bidding war. Credit to Wenger for not wanting to be gazumped and shame on the clubs that do not conduct their business honourably. Wenger may still get a top signing, but when he does don’t be surprised if the first we hear of it is when is put to paper. That is all that really counts.

    • Chris

      July 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      And blame Wenger for not tying up deals for Fellaini and Cesar and Williams at about the right price when he could have done !! Some of his commercial judgement is ludicrous. (Some of his footballing judgement is ludicrous too). How much money has he thrown away on Arshavin, Denilson, Santos, Squillaci. We haven’t had a top flight, mature keeper since Lehmann. Which other ‘ top ‘ manager sends his team out to play the same way every bloody match. Of course we are easy to play against. And we could go on …..

  7. gutted gooner

    July 21, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Jovetic was valued around 22£ from very begining….we lost him to city….for that same price…..and about the ethics of selling….which club like to sell for lower price….would arsenal do so???…..then why can’t they sell the underachieving player and ending up’releasing for free…???

  8. Gabriel

    July 21, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Arsen will be the greatest fool by promising all arsenal fans with assurance of signings the likes of fellani, huaigin, Luis suraz, and at the end this new is quickly dying, he should be sacked within the week, let’s have a change in the club system. Fans is time to make noise, wenger must go. Go! Go!! Go!!! Go!!!!, by tomorrow the news of suraz will be off too, noneses club.

  9. Ibrahim Oloje

    July 21, 2013 at 11:22 am


  10. teddy

    July 21, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    From the beginning i know arsenal will not make any marquee signing cos last season same story.Arsenal has bid for every player but no one to show for it.

  11. mohamedaziz

    July 21, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    if wenger has to go than the board should also get akick in the you know where.stupid a…s holes

  12. Adah

    July 21, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    My question has always been what is Wenger and the board gaining for subjecting fans home and abroad to this seasonal heartbreak? This people are so adamant that they do not put into account the feelings of the fans. The agreement this year is either they buy established players or we burst with them. As for the fans that encourage these people to hurt us by going to watch matches week in, week out desist from such henceforth.

  13. theoreal

    July 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Arsenal=high blood pressure i dont blame A.wenger,i blame d supporters who always carry dere big head to emirate stadium evry saturday.Watching rubbish.If u even stay at home n watch d match,is it a crime.Hw can wenger n d useless board member realise dat d club is doomed wit ur daily patronage(ticket).noooonsence!!

  14. Mike

    July 21, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Why is everyone so negative. Lets stay optimistic cuz we have no way of knowing what’s goin on with wenger. We should just stay patient. Then, at the end of the window, if you are still angry with wenger, go root for the spurs.

    • Len68

      July 21, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      Well said Mike!

    • Lexluthor

      July 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Nonsense. Im a season tickets holder and Followed Arsenal for over 25 years and I will tell you this for noting- we the Arsenal fans a the most patient bunch you can find anywhere on the planet.

      No one is saying go spend like City or Chelsea but spend what we have. We know the money is there, you only need to read last year financial report which is on the Arsenal official website .

      Scrapping for 4th place in the last 3 seasons is enough for any genuine Arsenal fan to ask what is becoming of our club.

      Personally, i saw this coming so I am not tall surprised. I am patiently waiting for AW to leave this club and I can almost guarantee any decent manager will go on and win title with what ever team he leaves behind.

      • Len68

        July 22, 2013 at 4:36 am

        Lexluther 6.44pm
        Give me a short list of any decent manager who can come in and win the title…………name who is top of your list?

  15. Adah

    July 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    JeremiahGooner I feel you are trying to be smart by not blaming the management who came out of the block before everybody that they have the financial wherewithal to compete comparatively with the financial heavyweights of football. So for them to start singing the opposites of what was said less than two months is pathetic and unbecoming of a professional club with wide fan base. So I advise all true gooners come together to fuerther transactions with the club. Year in year out, we are being promised stable club without trophies. What sense does it make if the few are smiling to the bank and we have no trophies to celebrate? Jerrygooner rephrase your earlier comment, pls.

  16. Wamba Jack

    July 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    After snatching the fourth position from Spurs jaws last May, Wenger ranted that he would be “pro-active” in this summer’s transfer business! But here we are again – as history crudely repeats itself at the Arsenal!The gunners’ dick-head of a Manager i.e. Arsene is drunk on Wenger-nomics. He won’t dig into his ‘darling profits’ to sign any recognizable players for Arsenal FC. It is nauseating that the stagnated club is even plotting a contract extension for Mr. Wenger, their ‘dick-head’. The typical lack of transfer initiative this summer suggests (yet again) cements the sentiments that Wenger and his ‘co-dick-heads’ like Ivan Gazidis will go the distance in extending the septic rot at Arsenal – beyond an already agonizing eight years. Gaaaaaaad, who brought these DICK-HEADS to the Arsenal? They stink – AND REAL BAD!

  17. robertjeff

    July 21, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    hmmmm arsene get even carried away by the fancy an attractiv ftball as majority of gunners fan,only to com to reality when smack by city,utd,blues and other lesser club,i love wenger,bt it is my advise to him dt only an adamant housefly that refuse advise that follows the dead body to the grave.

  18. Joe Kones Nairobi

    July 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I totaly agree with fans dat r -ve bcos they{arsen+board} r doing te talking while our competitors r doing te signing!shameful.y can’t we even spend what we have or r we waiting 2sel b4 signing?

  19. Joe Kones Nairobi

    July 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    pliz Wenger strengten te squad by bg signings,dont fail us fans

  20. J Kones

    July 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    pliz Wenger strengten te squad by bg signings,dont fail us fans eg striker needed 2 compete with Giroud

  21. Imraan

    July 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    Both wenger and Gazid. promised to fans that they should see a new faces but still we are quit.

  22. anthont

    July 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm


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