Cesc Fabregas has finally completed his inevitable move to boyhood club Barcelona after years of speculation, turmoil and disarray. The Arsenal captain was sold for £35 million in a deal that was destined to occur after Arsenal's dismal conclusion to 2010-2011.
However, problems intensify for the Gunners, as key playmaker Samir Nasri is set to finalize a £23 million move to Manchester City in the coming days.
It may seem now that Arsene Wenger's squad is creatively starved and deprived of flair, speed and midfield direction.
However, the Frenchman now has upward £80 million to spend with the inclusion of the Arsenal board implementing an extended transfer budget.
Wenger has more than sufficient funds to satisfy Arsenal fans with replacements that can mitigate the dynamic duo's departures. The Frenchman promised at the commencement of the summer that quality changes would be implemented, but has since failed to live up to the claim.
The only notable activity from Wenger this summer was the acquisition of Ivorian sharpshooter Gervinho from French champions OSC Lille for £10.5 million. The 24-year-old has evoked promise and skill in the preseason and Arsenal's first Premier League encounter of 2011-2012 against Newcastle, despite managing to receive a straight red card.
The Arsenal manager now has all the excess motivation he requires to adequately pursue high-octane transfers and the desired funds. A number of high calibre players such as Carlos Tevez and Wesley Sneijder have been linked with the Gunners, and although funds are prominent, Wenger is unlikely to chase players with high wage demands.
So with just more than two weeks to go in the 2011 Summer Transfer Window and the need for success at the Emirates reaching an all-time high, just who will Wenger sign?
Bleacher Report establishes in this slideshow 10 shocking signings Arsene Wenger may make before the summer ends in an attempt to eradicate talks of Arsenal's 2011-2012 becoming futile.