As Arsenal pull out of a move for Thomas Lemar and keep Alexis Sanchez, are any other club as poorly managed?
Less than hours after Sky Sports claimed that Arsenal had agreed a £92 million fee with Monaco for Thomas Lemar, The Guardian claim that the Gunners have pulled out of a move as they believe they do not have enough time to organise the full package to pay for the 21-year-old.
The news is just the latest piece of evidence which indicates the woeful management of the club. Instead of signing Lemar, the club will keep hold of forward Alexis Sanchez. The Mirror say that they had agreed to sell the Chilean to Manchester City for £60 million provided they could agree a deal for Lemar.
The very fact that the club have allowed themselves to get into a position where a player as valuable as Sanchez is in the final year of his contract reflects the poor forward planning by senior officials at the club. He is not alone either, with Mesut Ozil having been in exactly the same situation and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having been sold to Liverpool to avoid him running down his contract and leaving for free next summer.
Whilst clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool are preparing to spend huge amounts on deadline day, the Gunners are left looking unprepared and unable to act quickly enough to seal a deal for one of Europe’s brightest young talents. After a woeful transfer window, this could come as the final nail in the coffin for the Arsenal board.
A number of fringe players, such as Lucas Perez and Jack Wilshere, have still not been found new homes in the closing hours of deadline day, whilst the club are desperately fighting off interest in their key players. Such a position is unsustainable.
Arsenal are now seeing the impact of missing out on Champions League football on their transfer business. With results on the field not doing much better this season, finding themselves nearer the bottom of the table than the top four with three games played, it could become the start of a painful decline.