Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Wenger Must Make Moves to Stem Transfer Bleeding

Tom KinslowFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal shows his frustration during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 16, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Arsenal Transfer Rumours Have Been Nothing Short of Negative for the Gunners

After a disappointing 2010-11 campaign, Arsene Wenger and the Gunners looked to turn things around, and the longtime manager promised changes in the offseason.

Arsenal has suffered through a frustrating title drought, and Wenger was finally going to open up the club's coffers to bring in the talent necessary to win not only the league trophy, but to win across multiple competitions.

Once the transfer window opened, the Gunners were linked to multiple players, but as the offseason has progressed, the news turned drastically negative for Wenger and his club.

First it was the continuation of rumors about Cesc Fabregas and Barcelona, a saga that has spanned many years and many forms as the Arsenal skipper has been linked to his boyhood club, a move that looks all but imminent at this juncture.

That was compounded by the contract negotiations with Samir Nasri, which have stalled as the player has demanded a high salary. Manchester City and Manchester United have both been linked to the French midfielder, and it looks like his departure is very possible as well.

Throw in the exodus of Gael Clichy to City, and you have a rough offseason for any Gunners supporter.

Meanwhile, Wenger has sat on his hands, making small waves in the transfer market, while other names sit out there unsigned.

Gervinho has been one of the club's biggest targets, yet Wenger is reportedly squabbling with Lille over the money to bring the Ivory Coast native over to the Emirates.

That isn't exactly what Arsenal supporters want to hear. With so much turnover on the horizon, the fans want the manager to do something to stem the tide of this punch to the gut.

Losing Fabregas and Nasri would be a crushing blow to the club, and while there is still a chance to keep the latter, it seems like the Gunners' skipper will be in Barcelona at the start of next season, meaning Arsenal will be heading in a new direction.

Wenger has major holes to fill on this roster, especially with the defense, and if the team comes away empty-handed when the transfer window closes, fans will be wondering why the club didn't sack the Frenchman when it had the chances.

Part of the reason these players are leaving is the lack of a winning culture the club has, which has partially been created by Wenger's frugal spending approach

If Wenger wants to turn the tide of this offseason, and on a much larger scale, the tide of his tenure, then he has to start spending on players to fix the glaring errors with this roster.

He doesn't have to spend brazenly like Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

He just has to spend, otherwise, these types of departures will become more and more commonplace.