Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger's Comments Instill Little Confidence
Arsene Wenger has sent a message to supporters to calm down, but Arsenal fans are already starting to get restless.
With the exception of free transfer Yaya Sanogo, the club has not made a single move this summer to improve heading into next season. After finishing only one point ahead of Tottenham for fourth place in the Premier League, many were hoping for impact players to help contend for a title.
Instead, fans have been forced to read about rumoured bids that have never gone through, and failed transfers that were almost completed.
Chris Harris of Arsenal.com quotes the manager in saying that he is still trying to get something done:
There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active. I cannot certify what the number [of players coming in will be] but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.
He did not say anything about actually bringing someone in before the window closes. All that he promised is that he will remain active.
In reality, this is the least he can offer fans at this time. Every club—whether they are legitimately looking to make an addition or not—should remain active until the final day of the window. You never truly know what will happen or who will become available, so keeping in touch with other clubs is vital.
However, Arsenal remaining active does not mean much either. There has been plenty of activity this offseason as far as gaining interest in players and working to bring them to Emirates Stadium, although that has resulted in few positive results.
Will Arsenal add an impact player before the end of the transfer window?
This is not what was promised at the end of last season when Wenger claimed he was ready to break Arsenal's transfer record, according to ESPN's Kevin Palmer. After years of being somewhat of a feeder club, supporters were ready to see the side bring in a world-class talent.
Instead, they have lost hope after watching players like Gonzalo Higuain and other targets sign with other clubs.
This is a step in the right direction after trying to get the talented striker for less than his value. However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to agree to sell his best player to a rival Premier League club, especially this late in the window when he has little chance to replace him.
If Wenger fails to acquire Suarez or anyone else of quality, it will damage the club's confidence this season. Instead of having the talent to contend for a league title, it will barely be able to stay in the top four.
Although the manager seems sure that something will get done before the window closes, recent history indicates otherwise. This makes any comments useless until someone is actually signed.
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