Arsene Wenger has made Ivan Gazidis look like an utter fool.
The Arsenal chief executive told anyone who would listen that this summer was the moment in which the Gunners would finally be players in the transfer market, after another season in which the club barely landed in a Champions League place with a roster in clear need of enhancement.
At a press conference (h/t The Telegraph) Gazidis said of Wenger:
He is not scared to spend money, but he has to believe he is getting a top-class player.
The parameters in which he has to operate is to spend what the club can afford and my job is to make that as big as possible and Arsene's job is to think about which talent he wants to spend that on in the best way possible.
If we only find one player that we like, we won't spend twice as much on him just so we can say we spent all of the money. That doesn't make any sense to me - the key will be to buy the players Arsene Wenger believes in.
It is now August 7, and the only purchase has been Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer. At this point, it's fair to ask which players Wenger truly believes in.
Arsenal pinched pennies on Gonzalo Higuain, who eventually landed in Napoli after they reached Real Madrid's valuation for the striker, leaving Gooners frustrated, especially after it looked like the two sides were on the doorstep of completing the deal.
Yes, that Luis Suarez.
The Luis Suarez who committed a heinous handball.
The Luis Suarez who blatantly dives.
The Luis Suarez who bit an opponent.
Oh, and this opponent too.
To say it's a bizarre move for Wenger and Arsenal is an understatement. Suarez is out for the first six matches of the season as he serves his ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic. Not only that, but he has a history of causing trouble everywhere he goes.
If it's not racism, it's cheating on the pitch. He makes his situation untenable at whatever club he goes to. Now Liverpool, despite all of the support they gave him during all of his controversies, are the latest to find out what you get when you sign Suarez.
Inevitably, this would happen to Arsenal as well, and more alarming than that, there is seemingly no Plan B if this deal were to collapse. There is no talk of signings at any of the other positions in which Arsenal need strengthening.
For those defending our summer as having any semblance of rationality, just remember that 90% of it now hinges on a game of chicken with LFC— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) August 7, 2013
The chief executive knows Arsenal need help, the fans know it, and most importantly, the players know it.
Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta, Olivier Giroud and Wojciech Szczesny have all publicly stated that they'd welcome competition in the squad and realize that it's what the club need to seriously challenge for trophies.
Speaking of, if you are counting at home, it has been 3,000 days since the Gunners lifted any sort of silverware.
3,000 days since Arsenal last won a trophy.— John Brewin (@JohnBrewinESPN) August 7, 2013
Anyone who watched Arsenal last year will tell you this group isn't good enough to get the job done. Finishing fourth was a miracle of the highest order and something that should have been an alarming wake-up call to Wenger.
Evidently he hit the snooze.
How many signings will Arsenal make before the start of the season?
The key to finding success in today's game is to get high-end players and pay them high-end wages. It's really that simple. Obviously they need to fit your system, but you won't win the Premier League or the Champions League shopping in second-tier French leagues.
There needs to be a clear vision for a club's ethos, and Wenger has simply refused to spend the money that's clearly there. Gazidis has made it crystal clear that the club has put the tools in place to be major players in the transfer market and that it's up to the manager to use them as he sees fit.
Needless to say, there's a disconnect here.
Now Wenger goes into the last season of his contract with seemingly no plan and no hope of replacements coming in anytime soon.
Sorry, too many replies to get to. But nobody will convince me this summer has been anything but a mess … so far.— arseblog (@arseblog) August 7, 2013
All Arsenal fans can do is wait and pray that the club do some business before the start of the season, and more importantly, the Champions League qualifier.
If not, the Emirates will be a hostile place for Wenger, and rightfully so.