Over two weeks ago, I posted an article explaining why Arsenal will “buy” no-one this summer (Yaya Sanogo doesn’t count as he was free) and not spend a penny during this transfer windows.
A couple of days later, I published a post saying how Arsenal have conned the supporters this summer, more of which you can read here. The basics of it were that it was Arsenal who were the ones who gave us the expectations of big signings this summer, and by July you could see that it was essentially just a lot of hot air and PR.
And a month ago, I posted two possible Arsenal starting elevens for next season. One was based on all of the rumours going around and included Rooney, Suarez, Fellaini, etc., while the second one was a more “realistic line up” which minimal signings. Even the more reserved line up looks like a pipe dream now…
The fact is, we’re 8 days away from the new season and not spent any of the alleged “war chest” that is at our disposal.
I could talk about Arsenal’s inability to close a deal in the transfer market, the fact we aren’t ruthless enough, how we are penny-pinching or how Arsene Wenger just doesn’t like spending money. But all of those points have been exhausted by now.
The sooner we realise a big signing isn’t going to come, the better. I’ve had enough of checking the BBC Sport and Arsenal.com websites about 50 times a day to see if we’ve actually made a signing. Are we the only Premier League club yet to spend a penny?
So what’s happening so far?
Recently, Cesc Fabregas declared that he was going to stay in Barcelona, quashing any rumours of a possible move to Manchester United. I always thought this move was going to be unlikely as Arsenal always had first refusal and Arsene has constantly said he believes that Cesc is going to stay in Spain for at least another season. With the amount of money available to spend surely we’d be in the running if he was available anyway.
Wayne Rooney is trying to force his way out of Manchester United for Chelsea, but he has yet to submit a transfer request and Chelsea have not yet offered enough for his services so that one is still up in the air. Gareth Bale to Real Madrid is also far from a done deal and we all know about Luis Suarez. The Rooney deal is the most likely to happen if any of them go through, while Cesc and Suarez look dead in the water. I would be inclined to ask what they were smoking at White Hart Lane but stranger things have happened. I just struggle to see how Gareth Bale is worth £100m – he’s not in the Top 20 players in the world, so how he can completely smash the world transfer record is beyond me.
But what does this all mean for us? Well assuming we don’t sign anyone this summer (which some of us have suspected all along) then Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez all staying put would be good for Arsenal.
Cesc would obviously massively strengthen Manchester United, especially when central midfield is a weakness in their team. They will probably go for Marouane Fellaini now which will improve their team but not in the same dynamic way Cesc would have done.
And if Wayne Rooney stays at United, we know how a sulking player can affect a squad mentality. After already reportedly being “angry” at David Moyes, the new Manchester United manager can’t afford to lose the dressing room so early in his career at Old Trafford. Selling Rooney and bringing no-one in sends out a mixed message out to the rest of the squad.
With Luis Suarez, the same thing applies. Unlike Rooney, Suarez has publicly declared his unhappiness and really made himself an outcast at the club. Brendan Rogers has called him totally disrespectful and John W Henry has come out and said he’s not for sale at any price, especially to Arsenal. Any hopes we had of making a deal are long gone our “relationship” with Liverpool looks no existent. But keeping a disgruntled player who will be disruptive in the Anfield dressing room and potentially not perform at his maximum only helps us. We might not have signed Suarez but we’ve managed to piss Liverpool’s board and management enough to make them weaker for the upcoming season.
Then we have Gareth Bale. If he moves to Real Madrid then they will be a weaker team but again, this is a player who has signalled his intentions to leave. If Real Madrid don’t stump up £100 million (and they would be stupid to in all honesty) then it will be Tottenham who will have an unsettled player in their ranks. Bale has yet to perform at the highest level in consecutive seasons and I don’t believe that if he stays, that he will be as effective as he was last season. Usually after a fantastic campaign opposing teams tend to work out how to play against you and many managers doubled up against Bale towards the end of last season and managed to nullify his threat more effectively.
There, I may be clutching at straws but I’m trying to stay positive for the upcoming season! Which is 8 days away if you didn’t know… *sigh*.