We are almost 7 weeks into the transfer window (not 11 days as some Gooners think) and we have signed 1 player on a free contract, meanwhile other clubs, including our rivals, are making signings all around us.
In a summer in which Arsene Wenger and the board were supposedly making moves to strengthen the squad and enable us to compete for a trophy, it is simply not good enough that we fly out to Vietnam, on pre-season, with no new additions to the first team other than an injury prone postie.
For a team who have made it clear they have a £70m transfer budget available, they are really taking their time in getting players signed, when we are in desperate need of squad members at least.
Since the end of the season players like Navas, Falcao, Tevez, Gomez, Wayanama etc have all been signed within a week of negotiating deals and instead we have to settle for the realisation that when it comes to transfers we are absolutely inept at tying up a deal and it normally comes down to finances.
Whether you blame Wenger, Gazidis or Kroenke it still doesn’t make it easier to endure the embarrassment that our transfer policy emits and there is no excuse whatsoever if we haven’t signed anyone in the next 53 days. With Kroenke and Gazidis both insisting funds need to be spent that only leaves Wenger to blame and rightly so in my opinion.
Wenger is a very clever man, that economics degree has worked wonders for the club in the past and the money genius does deserve praise for the fact that our club is financially stable and will be for a while.
Although I can agree this bodes well for the future it is clear we have sacrificed the present moment to plan for something that doesn’t yet exist and this worries me. If we wanted an amazing accountant as our team manager then this was a great success but I think we all wanted a manager whose sole focus was football and Wenger hasn’t managed that.
It has become clear that despite his immense intelligence Arsene can’t do both jobs, he has to choose between finance or football.
I personally think that when it comes down to the end of this transfer window people will really start to see that Wenger is at fault. If we have lost out on players like Fellaini and Rooney for the sake of a couple of million pounds, it will be the Mata story repeated.
I think Le boss has forgotten that it isn’t actually his money, it is the club’s and the fans money, we deserve to have a say on how it is spent and an opinion when we are not signing world class players.
Wenger gets £7.5 million a year for the (dis)pleasure of being our manager, that is wages of £150k a week. How on earth can he justify not breaking his wage structure of 100k a week to bring in good players when he accepts wages that are higher than any of our players. In this modern day football is more money based and as a result you have to pay more in wages and fees and as with any business you have to speculate to accumulate.
Another frustrating summer pans out and everyone else in the league continue to strengthen their teams and we sit and wait in the hope for a miracle but they don’t seem to come our way much at the moment. I am hoping that Arsenal sign some players by September or we really will be in trouble.