How Arsenal Can Salvage the Transfer Window

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How Arsenal Can Salvage the Transfer Window
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On the back of a morale-boosting streak to seal fourth place and Champions League football, Arsenal's summer had such promise. 

Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis claimed that the club is now beginning to have "financial firepower," even stating that the Gunners can afford a player with the price tag and wages of Wayne Rooney.

Fast forward two months, and the only player that Arsenal have signed is France youth international striker Yaya Sanogo—on a free transfer.

To say that Arsenal's summer transfer window has been a disaster would be an understatement. After being in such a good position to spend money on quality players and assemble a squad capable of challenging for trophies, the club's lack of transfer activity is, for lack of a better term, pathetic.

Although the club have done well to clear the deadwood—Marouane Chamakh, Andrei Arshavin, and Sebastien Squillaci, to name a few—the squad is now frighteningly thin. Arsenal don't just need one or two signings, but the team's complete lack of depth means they could use a whole squad.

After two months of broken promises and missing out on transfer target after transfer target, the frustration of the fans has boiled up and there is more pressure than ever on Arsene Wenger to spend.

Here's how Arsenal can salvage the transfer window before it slams shut in a few weeks' time.

 

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