After a week where we have lost Cesc Fabregas and are also set to lose Samir Nasri, as well as experiencing fresh injuries to our backline after our clash with Udinese, things couldn’t get much worse for Arsenal fans.
Now it looks like it going to. Many fans have expressed the desire for Wenger to spend this summer and now with the latter stages of the transfer window approaching, it is expected that Wenger will bolster the FIRST-TEAM with key players departed or about to depart.
Two heavily linked players with Arsenal has been Spanish maestro Juan Mata and Bolton’s stand-out defender Gary Cahill. Having been linked very early with Arsenal many expected that activity regarding these two would happen early in the transfer window.
Although with Arsenal’s failed attempt to attract these big-name players early in the transfer window due to the unclear nature surrounding Cesc and Samir’s future, Premier League rivals are set to hijack our supposed targets that could have brought stability to what is now a thin looking squad and first-team.
It has been widely reported that Chelsea are have already tabled a bid of £22m for Mata and look to push-on to get the highly-rated winger before the transfer window closes, leapfrogging a reported bid which the Gunner’s made a little while back.
While on the defender front, Liverpool are reported to be closing in on the signature of Gary Cahill with Dalglish reportedly ready to offer a player-plus-cash bid which would include £10m plus striker Ngog and Raheem Sterling, 16, on loan, where Wenger is not keen to meet Bolton’s ‘expensive’ valuation.
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Whether you believe these rumours or not one recurring word still comes to mind, FRUSTRATION. These are definitely players available that would add ‘quality’ to the first-team, yet Wenger looks to be to passive in the latter stages of the transfer market. With Liverpool, Udinese and Manchester United to come and Arsenal with injuries and suspensions to key-players, our first-team looks increasingly thin and simply put Arsene’s new wonder-kids provide nothing to the starting line-up. We need world-class players, not just to fill the Fab and Nasri gap, but also to provide depth in a depleted squad.
I think there is no doubt that record transfers will be coming up in the coming weeks, but these are two exceptional players that Arsenal have forgone simply due to our reluctance to spend inflated prices. Hopefully we spend soon before other great players become unavailable also.