Transfer deadline day will always create winners and losers, and this year was no exception. Chelsea certainly endured a frustrating window, while Tottenham fans were also forced to showcase patience as they waited for Daniel Levy to work his deadline day magic.
The windows biggest losers were undoubtedly Arsenal, who lost two prominent squad members in the form of Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain while also failing in their last ditch move for Monaco’s talented winger Thomas Lemar.
Let’s not even start on the chaos surrounding Alexis Sanchez, which has left the Gunners with a smaller and largely disaffected squad that lacks any semblance of leadership.
Arsenal’s fans were quick to have their say, combining humour, anger and moments of reflection to share their feelings:
#DeadlineDay Eve, the day where Arsenal Wenger wakes up this morning and decides he wants 4 below average players to 'boost' the squad.?????
— Daniel (@AllRoundDan) August 30, 2017
When other clubs & their fans are dying on #DeadlineDay
You laugh because u support Arsenal. Your coach has killed u & the Club already ??? pic.twitter.com/SnYs4twtxp
— #9jaWitches ??? (@badgalmaddie_) August 31, 2017
— Football Memes (@FootballMemesCo) September 2, 2017
— jack (@jackksmith1994) August 30, 2017
— Aidan (@aidanno1bill) August 30, 2017
BREAKING: Arsenal have had a £45m bid accepted for Chinese sensation Fu-Kin No-Wan. #DeadlineDay
— kasper (@Wass2Loose) September 2, 2017
Unsurprisingly, there was also a considerable focus on Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez, whose proposed move to Manchester City only collapsed due to Lemar’s decision not to join the Gunners. Some were happy that he stayed, while others simply could not see the logic of retaining him:
I can't be the only one that is happy that Alexis Sanchez did not move to Man City.
— Ola (@Iam__Endy) September 2, 2017
Alexis Sanchez when he sees a snake pic.twitter.com/4VRa9S5A62
— Rohit (@GoonerRJ) September 2, 2017
— Jonny Bowden (@Jonny_B_AFC) September 2, 2017
@Alexis_Sanchez is 100% a professional and will give his all now the window is closed and honour his contract. Crazy if anyone disagrees
— Alan Kadr (@AlanKadr1) September 2, 2017
Can't believe wenger is stil saying he thinks @Alexis_Sanchez iangonna sign a new deal the guy is gone next summer man accept it
— Äaron Dä? (@AaronAfcDay) September 2, 2017
It was interesting to note that one fan at least decided to look on the bright side, highlighting Barcelona’s transfer window as having been far worse than the one endured by the Gunners. Another eagle-eyed fan was also confused by an error on Sky Sports which seems to suggest that Danny Welbeck has also left Arsenal to rejoin Manchester United!
Arsenal: We've had the worst #deadlineday in Europe.
Barça: Hold my beer.
— Harry De Cosemo (@harrydecosemo) September 1, 2017
— Col Wadey (@ColWadey) September 2, 2017