Arsene Wenger has claimed there will be plenty of action in the transfer market over the next 10 days as he looks to bolster the Gunners squad.
The season started horribly with a 3-1 loss to Aston Villa at Emirates on Saturday, and that compounded with a host of injuries has depleted the squad and angered fans over the lack of transfer activity.
After failed attempts to bring in Luis Suarez, Gonzalo Higuain as well as Luis Gustavo, Arsenal have yet to spend a single pound this summer with the only acquisition this summer being the highly rated youngster Yaya Sanogo on a free transfer.
Wenger has until the deadline on September 2 to secure some signings, however fans are still bewildered on how long it has taken to sign a single player.
The Frenchman feels the window should be closed before the season starts with everyone of Arsenal’s rivals essentially wrapping up majority of their business over the past two months, but has pledged that there will be some action over the remaining 10 days of the summer window.
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Wenger told Arsenal.com:
It’s hard but I can understand the impatience [for new signings].
I’ve said many times that the transfer window should be over when the season starts as things usually happen in the last 10 days.
We are not there yet but a lot will happen in the next 10 days.
While I can understand Wenger’s stance on the window being closed when the season starts, it is completely unnecessary to wait until it nears closure to do all their business. Even last summer they actioned a host of signings well before the window closed which allowed the new players to largely participate in pre-season.
If Wenger/Arsenal have targets in mind they must be negotiated quickly and early. Look at Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Spurs – all signing players nice and early on in the window and all three won well convincingly the weekend. The exception is Manchester United who finally brought in Zaha who completed his season on loan with Palace, but they already have a star studded, title winning squad.
There is little good waiting until the window is about to close, not only are the best talents gone but clubs will not be wanting to sell their star players at the last minute with no time to bring in replacements. Sometimes it works out well if you’re buying from a cash-strapped side such as Malaga, but this is no time to be gambling on panic buys. This summer has been a joke.
Wenger better rectify himself over the next 10 days.