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Are frantic Arsenal paying the price for missing out on Monchi?

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Are frantic Arsenal paying the price for missing out on Monchi?

Arsenal have been struggling so far in the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have signed just one player – youngster Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano – and fans are getting very worried about what state the squad will be in in around three weeks’ time.

Time is fast running out for Unai Emery to wheel and deal, with the window closing on August 8.

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A host of names have been linked with a move to the Emirates over the summer, with William Saliba, Kieran Tierney and Wilfried Zaha seemingly the main targets.

Fans will be desperately hoping to see those three join the club, as other teams in the Premier League around them get busy.

It would appear that Arsenal are lacking some direction from the top – perhaps one way in which things might have been radically differently is if they had landed one-time technical director target Monchi.


TBR’s view

Monchi was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates back in March (Guardian) after he left AS Roma.

He was said to be considering Arsenal, but opted to return to former club Sevilla instead – where he has been a very busy man.

Since his return, Monchi has completed no less than 10 deals for the club (via talkSPORT), with Arsenal practically silent by comparison.

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The transfer expert has helped facilitate deals for talent worth around £100 million so far, and offset that with £43 million worth of sales.

He has superbly overseen a necessary rebuild at the Spanish club – perhaps his nous would have been of great benefit to Arsenal who have it all to do before the window closes next month.

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