After weeks of waiting for Arsenal to make a big signing that clearly isn’t coming, Arsenal fans are becoming increasingly frustrated as the transfer window rumbles on. And with the “injury crisis” at Arsenal, I would just be happy with three or four mediocre signings so that we don’t have to resort to using the tea lady in the Champions League qualifiers.
And look, in a way I understand why we haven’t bought anyone in so far. Arsene Wenger, more than any other manager, is extremely loyal to his players. We haven’t bought a midfielder because he believes that it is Aaron Ramsey’s time to make that step up in quality. He has faith in Jack Wilshere going through a season without suffering an injury – it’s the same reason why Abou Diaby has lasted this long at the club. It’s the same as we go through the squad – Olivier Giroud is in his second season now so Arsene believes that he will do even better this time round.
Players who play under him always say how much of an amazing manager he is – and mainly that’s due to him giving players a chance. After all, who else would have given a young kid by the name of Cesc Fabregas such a big role in Arsenal’s first team all those years ago? And you could say that about Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Patrick Vieira when he joined.
But with the number of injuries we’re suffering at the moment we go into tomorrow’s game with Aston Villa with a threadbare squad, no new signings and a lot of frustrated Arsenal fans.
But if you think about it, this is what Arsene Wenger wants.
He is an extremely clever man and knows that if we start the season with doom and gloom then he is in a position to become the saviour of Arsenal Football Club. Remember two seasons ago when we got absolutely thrashed by Manchester United 8-2? That was rock bottom but what happened? We made some signings, turned our season around and ended up finishing 3rd. And that 3rd spot was vital that season as Tottenham Hotspur finished 4th but missed out on the Champions League thanks to Didier Drogba and Chelsea.
So it’s happening all over again. Most Arsenal fans are frustrated, down and nervous about the new season. But don’t threat, Arsene Wenger will turn this all around in his favour, make some big signings before the transfer window closes on September 2nd and suddenly he will be the greatest manager who has ever lived!
Why make all of his signings early in the transfer window? That would raise expectation levels and put even more pressure on him and the players? By waiting, he has lowered expectation levels and given Arsenal a great platform to have a great season.