But adding Sneijder would have lifted the spirits of everyone connected with club and restored Arsenal's standing as legitimate contenders this season.
The departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have left a huge void in the attacking portion of the Gunners' midfield.
A technically gifted playmaker is beginning to look like a pressing need, particularly in light of Jack Wilshere's ongoing injury concerns and Aaron Ramsey's struggles to cope with the pace of the new campaign.
It seems that any creative midfielder added to the Arsenal ranks will have to meet the requirements of the club's low key recruitment policy.
Here are five cheaper alternatives to Wesley Sneijder who have emerged as potential targets on deadline day.