With the number of days dribbling away until the season commences and the transfer window slams shut, the only done deal for Arsenal is that of Willian. It’s a staggering scenario for a team that barely limped to an 8th place finish in the Premier League.
Supporters are angry that the new management structure is no more effective than the previous one, with Arsenal appearing to be ponderously slow to make crucial deals and close the door on their competitors.
For some reason, although agreed, the signature of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang isn’t complete and the deal for Brazilian Gabriel Magalhaes is still hanging with a series of clubs including Manchester United look to muscle in on the purchase.
Those two deals should have been closed last week and we were led to believe they would be from reliable sources, but something has happened to change that dynamic. Quite what that something is, remains unclear, but it’s now suggested that because a few deals for outbound players haven’t gone through, a few of the proposed deals coming in could be in jeopardy.
Let’s stress at this stage that this ineptitude doesn’t include Aubameyang, but both parties urgently need to put pen to paper or risk a key player departing. Arsenal will tell you there’s no rush in the transfer market and that there’s plenty of time, but fans tend not to subscribe to that nonsense.
Arsenal are repeating past mistakes by failing to be ruthless in the transfer market. They seem to be pushing for more favourable terms or are waiting for the funds to roll in before they committing them in the opposite direction, which is dreadfully unhelpful for Arteta and excruciatingly painful for the Arsenal faithful.
It appears no matter who is behind the scenes, every deal takes forever and there is a genuine lack of purpose and enterprise at the club. If this is the best Edu or Vinai Venkatesham can do, then it’s simply not good enough.
Back in the day, Wenger identified the targets and David Dein used to get the job done. Together, the pair were precisely on the same page, but what is happening at present is another example of the disjointed practices within the club.
Arsenal are under the microscope again and the euphoria that fans felt after winning the FA Cup is being replaced by apathy and resentment. Will they ever learn?