Only the most deranged and masochistic Arsenal fan would say that this summer has been a pleasant one.
In early June, chief executive Ivan Gazidis predicted a "big summer" was about to unfold, according to The Independent. Unless the free acquisition of raw French youngster Yaya Sanogo is regarded with exponentially more regard among football men than among fans, Gazidis' words were utterly hollow.
Few would deny that these are desperate times for Arsenal. Guillem Balague recently wrote for Bleacher Report that his biggest concern about the Gunners is "their lack of transfer activity." Few would disagree.
Transfer speculation is undoubtedly on the mind of every emotionally invested Arsenal fan in the world. Let's look at some that supporters hope is proven false.