Arsenal were the team to lose the most in this summer transfer as they saw their two most skilled players leave the Emirates for greener pastures. While Cesc's departure to his boyhood club was only a matter of time, Nasri's departure proved that Arsenal were a club on the down. The creative Frenchman signed for Manchester City citing Arsenal's lack of ambition and failure to win any trophies as the reason.
Wenger, who has been criticised over the years for his refusal to sign some experienced players, continued to ignore the criticism and carried on signing inexperienced, over-hyped youngsters. He explained that this 18- or 19-year-olds would be the replacements for his departed stars.
The start of the new season proved the lack of quality in the Gunners squad, as Wenger's young kids failed to impress anyone with some poor performances. Arsenal hit bottom after last weekend's 8-2 drubbing by the Red Devils (their worst first division loss in a century).
Gooners who up until that point were still singing "In Wenger we trust" severely criticised their manager and call for his sacking.
The humiliation did a world of good for Arsenal's future, as Wenger responded to the criticism with a bid for Per Mertesacker, who looks certain to arrive at the Emirates by the end of the transfer window. The German defender is highly experienced and his imposing figure will boost Arsenal's weakened defense with much needed quality. His partnership with Vermaelen at the center of defense will help Arsenal prevent any more such drubbings as the one in Old Trafford.