Arsenal supporters were seething on Monday evening as the transfer window closed and it became clear that Petr Cech, who joined in June, would be our only first-team signing this summer.
It has led to the Arsenal Supporters Trust, our biggest fan group, releasing a statement urging the club to review our transfer and scouting departments after an unacceptable window (via The Evening Standard).
It also became clear after the transfer window slammed shut that in Europe’s top five leagues, we were the only club not to sign a single outfield player over the age of 18 during the window – a damning statistic (via The Telegraph).
Given that we’ve consistently been told finances are no longer an issue, the AST believe that, just as the club did with the medical department, the way we conduct our business in the window must be addressed.
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“In recent years Arsenal have overhauled both their Academy and their medical set-up,” the statement read.
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“We urge the board to now open a full review into its arrangements for scouting and purchasing players. A review of this type is a good governance practice and can only help Arsenal to become a stronger club.
“The AST will be raising this with the Arsenal board.”
It will be interesting to see how the club tries to defend this one, especially with the statistics heavily weighed against them. Will Wenger seriously try to convince us that in the entire world, there were no outfield players capable of strengthening our squad?
The likes of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, who dominated European football last season, have found players to strengthen their squads yet the likes of Arturo Vidal and Arda Turan are supposedly not good enough for us?
It seems like groundhog day yet again in north London.