The 2018/19 campaign ended in miserable fashion for Arsenal. Unai Emery’s side were thumped 4-1 by Chelsea in the Europa League Final.
A dreadful night in Baku means that the Gunners will face another season without Champions League football.
The absence from European football’s elite tournament means that Emery’s budget for the new campaign will be considerably lower.
With transfer news not really offering anything of intrigue just yet, Arsenal supporters have been casting an envious eye across London to West Ham.
The Hammers announced on their official website today the signing of Villarreal attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals for £24 million.
It would appear that some Arsenal supporters would have fancied the Spaniard being signing by Emery.
The Gunners could perhaps do with a bit creativity in the final third and they clearly feel that Fornals could have been an asset to their squad.
Fornals is only 23 and he would have fit nicely in with the current Arsenal squad. Emery’s loss is Manuel Pellegrini’s gain, however.
The typically opinionated Gunners have taken to Twitter to vent their frustration at how the transfer window has kicked.
West Ham have got their summer off to a flyer and Arsenal fans clearly feel as though they are already behind other clubs.
We rounded up exactly what they had to say about the Fornals deal.
Fornals for 24M£ is a steal, #Arsenal should have been all over him sigh…
— Georges-Emmanuel Assou (@georgesassou) June 14, 2019
Arsenal needs a midfielder and have watched Pablo Fornals join West Ham. We keep waiting for the signings
— Colombo (@SR_Hands_On) June 14, 2019
West Ham bought Fornals? What are Arsenal actually doing 🤮
— Mükoma (@muxomx) June 14, 2019
wait wtf West Ham signed Fornals? Unreal that. Always thought Arsenal'd go for him.
— ᴅᴜɴɴʏ 👹 (@DunnyTWD) June 14, 2019
Pablo Fornals has signed for #WestHam. I have always liked him, I really wanted to see him play for Arsenal but unfortunately arsenal always disappoint.
— Aisha bin Abubakar (@AishaSharu) June 14, 2019
Don't undrstnd how West Ham r ahead us?They've already signed Fornals(Ozil/Ramsey) replacement!Clubs like Newcastle,WestHam,Leicester will leap frog!They've landed in 2 $20-40m category,where we're comfortable!It's a serious concern fr us @Arsenal Time 2 wake up #kroenkeout
— WetheGooners (@Shrikantz89) June 14, 2019
why on earth did Arsenal not even target Fornals is beyond me
— Adriel Amadeus (@adrlamds) June 14, 2019
Westham signed Fornals @Arsenal , delete this club.
— Leo Dasilva (@SirLeoBDasilva) June 14, 2019
Arsenal needs to bring in one of ziyech or Pablo sarabia at Emirates this season. Already missed out on Pablo fornals.. Still lot of time but less quality players available. Oscar is the third name that I will like but deffo not gonna happen. #afc #arsenal
— Harsh Srivastava (@VrhStiffler707) June 14, 2019
2-3 days ago rumours and now West Ham signed Pablo Fornals. While Arsenal are still in advanced talks for a week with Daliang Yifang for Yannick Carrasco
— Luke (@luqmanabdsalim) June 14, 2019
Westham complete the signing of fornals from villareal.. we are falling further and further behind..get a move on @Arsenal
— Sean Warner (@gooners9998) June 14, 2019
West ham have just signed one of Europe's top talents in Pablo fornals and Arsenal are still looking at mediocre midfielders to replace a world class player like Aaron Ramsey. Banter era! #Arsenal #PremierLeague
— Anirudh #TeamAustralia (@Tactician04) June 14, 2019
West Ham signing Fornals for only £24m? Oh Arsenal what have you done. He could be a perfect replacement for Ramsey.
— Mikhael Dolken (@MikhaelDolken88) June 14, 2019
One heck of a signing from West Ham, the type of player Arsenal should have been all over. #Fornals
— Matt Ray (@MattRay_83) June 14, 2019