Deadline day has come and gone, and despite numerous links to players of varied quality and calibre throughout the window, Arsenal are left with the solitary signing of Kim Källström.
After spending big on Mesut Özil in the summer, many thought that the Gunners would continue in that vein with a big money signing in January. The position most were calling to be strengthened was the striking role, but the player we looked closest to splashing the cash on was Schalke wunderkind Julian Draxler. If reports are to be believed, Arsenal offered Schalke the full sum they were asking for, but Horst Heldt blocked the transfer. Arsenal may go back in for the youngster in the summer, probably with significantly more competition; especially if Julian has a successful World Cup.
Arsenal were linked to a number of other targets, many of them season long loans as opposed to permanent transfers. Kalou, Klose, Morata and Tello were among those linked with a move to the Emirates, and while several of these rumours seemed unlikely to get off the ground, the loan signing of Miroslav Klose seemed an extremely likely one. The German striker has actually come out and proclaimed how disappointed he is that the transfer fell through. He apparently told Lazio senior officials that he was keen on the move, but despite a massive loan fee offered by Arsenal, the move was blocked.
If Arsenal’s lack of signings weren’t enough, it’s been reported that the one player we did sign was actually injured before we signed him. Kim Källström passed his medical, despite having sustained a back injury playing beach football a few days earlier, and will now miss potentially up to 6 weeks.
There were actually more outgoings on deadline day than incomings. Life long gunner Emmanuel Frimpong making a permanent move to Championship side Barnsley, and resident Emirates ghost Park Chu Young going on loan to Watford in the dying minutes of the window.
It’s sad to see Frimpong go, as Gooners don’t come much more loyal than him. Unfortunately his career has been hampered by injury, and he clearly isn’t of the grade necessary to play for Arsenal. The fact that Wenger has allowed Park to go out on loan shows that he has confidence in his current striking options, whether or not this confidence is misguided we will have to wait and see.
A fairly disappointing transfer window all in all, made more so by the fact we looked so close to signing Draxler, and ended up with another player on the injury list.
We are still in a fantastic position in the Premiership though, with our feet firmly in both the Champions League and the FA Cup, so it’s far too early to condemn our season just yet. Hopefully the players we have can carry on our fantastic season, and the players on our growing injury list return sooner rather than later.