Arsenal had an underwhelming transfer window as they only managed to sign two players and their failure is made worse by the fact that they were in the market for top players. They just didn’t have the pulling power to complete deals. Kylian Mbappe was a target during the summer and he spoke of how he met with Arsene Wenger at his unveiling as a PSG player. The Telegraph reported the following quotes:
“Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach. He has a great reputation here in France, he’s well-respected and knows how to develop young players. This was a real option for me. But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option.”
The Gunners no longer have the pulling power that they once did and that is reflected by their failure to sign Mbappe. It would always have been a long shot, but the player did meet with Wenger, which suggests that the club were looking seriously at doing a deal. Looking back at the window, supporters will feel that the club should have concentrated on realistic targets, rather than wasting time on the French teenager.
The mentality of the Arsenal squad is a hotly discussed topic in the media as they are often criticised for lacking the fight needed to succeed at the highest level. Petr Cech insists that the mentality at the club is beginning to change and the Mirror quoted the following from the goalkeeper
“The philosophy at Arsenal is completely opposed to this: it is not win at all costs but we want to win with a good way of playing. This is beginning to change in our approach. Yes, as Jürgen Klopp said, we’re near to classical music. We play with beauty, synchronisation between instruments – It’s a philosophy rooted in Arsenal’s DNA.”
Arsene Wenger deserves credit for wanting the team to play entertaining football, but they are no longer winning enough games with that style. They need to be more pragmatic and tailor their game plan to their next opponent. The next few weeks will be a huge test of the Frenchman’s ability as they must get back to winning ways.
Calum Chambers is set for a high court appearance over a disagreement with his former PR company. The Mirror report that the defender didn’t pay commission on a Nike deal for some PR work and the Sports PR company claim they are owed more than £60,000.
The young defender is likely to play an important role for the club this season after returning from a loan spell at Middlesbrough. Arsenal are short of defensive options and there will be opportunities for the former Southampton player to prove himself in the first team. This offers an unwelcome distraction and it will be best if he can get it sorted as quickly as possible.