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The Big Fat Transfer Deadline Blog

It's clear that there is going to be a humdrum of transfer activity before the deadline passes at 11pm GMT Friday. So we might as well document the information in one place so we can look on in wonder as Arsenal move their garage sale into overdrive.

WEDNESDAY

Marouane Chamakh looks as though he will get the opportunity to smoke all the shisha he likes, as Besiktas manager Samet Aybaba has told local press a deal could be done soon, '"We have decided to push forwards in our attempts to sign a striker, there is a high possibility we will sign Chamakh."


Earth shattering, bone chilling news! According to the very much in the know Jeorge Bird, Arsenal youth striker Philip Roberts will join Inverness Caledonian Thistle on loan until January.

THURSDAY

So now, apparently Theo Walcott will not be sold but also won't sign a new deal before Friday. Scott Sinclair has gone to City and Liverpool are having trouble offloading Andy Carroll, so our options for flogging him are limited. Perhaps something for young Theo to consider when asking for 100k a week.

Apparently, having been foiled for van Persie, Llorente and Berbatov this summer, Juventus have had a few, it's 2am and their eyes are cast on the dancefloor desperate for a solution. They have reportedly spied a "tired and emotional" looking Nicklas Bendtner, who is winking and twirling his hair in their direction.


Well Arsene held court with the press this morning ahead of Sunday's trip to Anfield and those that delight in a spot of Arsene bingo would have been delighted to hear that Wenger's dictaphone was reeling out the old classics, "We are active but we do not just want to bring average players in. If we find a special player who can find us a plus we will do it, if not we will not do it." Followed by the extended disco version of "What is important as well is to believe in the players you have and we will get our long-term injuries back."

Though Harry Redknapp appeared to have unwittingly taped over Arsene's recording when he said he was on the look out for a "top, top, top player." Three tops? Wow. A couple of players unsuitable of the triple top prefix will be on their way out, "we might have one or two players going out without [the squad] necessarily being compensated because they haven't played games for us. It depends on the number of games they have played for us.

"There is a chance that [Nicklas Bendtner] is leaving, where is not decided at the moment. No [we have not reached any agreement]. We are open to anything." Anything, eh? Frisky.

James Olley in the Evening Standard claims Chamakh, Park and Bendtner were not at training today, though Park did leave with two big suitcases. Had he been living there?

Hold the freakin phone, somebody grab the signing klaxon, because WE'RE CLOSE TO COMPLETING A DEAL! Deni Iliev. A 17 year old Macedonian goalkeeper from FK Belastica. I'm not making this up.

Arsenal had to field Reading youngster Stuart Moore in last night's NextGen game due to Reice Charles-Cook's injury and Damian Martinez's involvement with the first team with doubts over Fabianski and Szczesny. The U-21s fielded reserve goalkeeper coach Tony Roberts on the bench on Saturday, despite the fact that he's 43.

The Telegraph is reporting that Arsenal made an enquiry about taking Michael Essien on a one year loan from Chelsea. Cripes alive.....

Well, the day of anti climax is upon us. Apparently Arsenal have made an enquiry about Essien on loan (Silv-Essien-stre) and according to the Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson, we're monitoring the Clint Dempsey situation.

Park Chu Young is apparently having a medical ahead of a loan move to Celta Vigo. Given that he's done nothing but train without playing for a year, you'd imagine he's in good nick.

Aaaaand, heeeeeee's, outtaaaaaaaa heeeeeeeeeeere. Park Chu Young joins Celta Vigo on a one year loan. Done. Reports suggest Arsenal will still contribute a chunk of his annual salary. Well, we paid him to do nothing last year, so why the hell not?

Juventus have posted a picture of Nicklas Bendtner wearing a questionable polo neck and blazer combination on their official website. Deal appears to be done now, just a question of it's it permanent or a loan deal. Another one bites the dust!

It's gone 2pm and not a squeak about incoming transfers. HOLD ME AND TELL ME WE'RE GOING TO REPLACE ALEX SONG!



Brendan Rodgers was asked about Theo Walcott. Cocked a very creepy grin. That's all I got.

It's gone 3.30pm. Still not a peep on incomings. Taken to perusing what my favourite Neil Young song might be. *sings*

I was lying in a burned out basement
With the full moon in my eyes.
I was hoping for replacement
When the sun burst through the sky.
There was a band playing in my head
And I felt like getting high.
I was thinking about what a
Friend had said
I was hoping it was a lie.

John Cross has tweeted to say a loan deal for Michael Essien "isn't something they've been pursuing today." What have we been pursuing? It genuinely looks at this stage, like we're not going to see any incomings. Russian and French windows close next week, so Squillaci and Arshavin could yet slip out of the back door.

Michael Essien is not in the squad for Chelsea's Super Cup tie tonight. Roberto di Matteo confirmed he'd been left out because he's subject to a possible loan move. But it looks more likely to be to Turkey, whose transfer window doesn't shut till the 4th September.

Window is shut. We've signed nobody. Alex Song wasn't replaced. Theo Walcott is, effectively, a free agent on our books. A lot of people are pissed.




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Date:Wednesday August 29 2012

Time: 12:05PM

Your Comments

I'm so gutted to see Chamakh leave, I'm certain he could have made it with us.
Rocky7
I want what Rocky is smoking....
Armory
lol Armory. Don't see this transfer happening as they couldn't provide us with the bank guarantees previously when they enquired about Chamakh and they are still skint, apparently.
Scotch Eggs Rule
Sorry. I consumed a lot of Guinness last night and my comment didn't come across as I intended. What I wanted to say was that Chamakh is a massive load of ****e and I'm going to throw a party when he leaves .... and you're all invited.
Rocky7
I'll bring the shisha. I do actually have one several fruity flavours such as pineapple and mango. I'm actually off to Morocco too in a fortnight so maybe we can smuggle him back in a suitcase?
nikolaijns
Bank gurantee? hell I'd pay them to take him if I was in charge of AFC. One more off the books and not holding up a squad place.
Armory
Chamakh will love it in Turkey. Shisha all over the place.
Ned Stark
Just hope Zenit or someone else come in for Arsh and there is are deals for Park and Bendtner though I am dismayed to note that with regard to the latter, he may be staying. So he will continue to brag about his striking exploits which are wildly exagerrated. What about the Squid? Anyone interested in him?
Ned Stark
Dembele will strengthen the totts, no doubt about it. However he is not the deep lying creator and link that Modric was so their style of play may have to be altered which takes time. We need another player like Arteta in midfield - a ball hogger who can link defence and attack with enough of a physical presence to not get overwhelmed. Eager to see the club sign one more player like that. A striker already experienced in the premier league as backup will be useful cover as would a utilty defender who can play across the backline.
Deltaforce
Be careful what you wish for Ned Stark. I would be happy to see us shorn of those strikers only if I am sure Wenger is bringing in better replacements for them, or we are left with only two recognized strikers till December.
Naijagunner
DF, So it is confirmed Dembele to the Totts? Well, that was one player wve used, even if only to improve squad depth. Knowing how real talent is hard to come by (before being snapped up by the money bags bankrolled sides), it makes you wonder who we may be going for. This club needs an injection of a new face and a recognizeable one at that.
Naijagunner
*we could use*
Naijagunner
Bloody hell.. I get the creeps everytime I see Parks face.
Sajit
sajit, i think park is not given enough opportunity. not sure exactly how good or bad he is but his record prior to joining us was rather impressive. i see him as eduardo type of player and some variation in the squad is good. despite not starting for us, his performance during the olympic was quite good. he deserves at least the same amount of chance we gave to bendtner, chamakh and eduardo for a fair judgement
Joe_@**
fecking weird signing, Park
shewore
Off topic... Just noticed... Arsenal are the ONLY UK football league club not to score a goal so far... Check the tables.. :-)
Block D Spurs
Football online managers/board members, i got some questions for you. What would you do in the case of Theo Walcot, would still go for M'Villa to save face, how will you handle Bendtner's case now that our strikers are firing blanks, What lesson have you learnt in regards to players acting as if they want to sign and what will you do to avoid another messy situation?
Arseniger
block d spurs your right, but we havent been beaten yet which is more than your lot of muppets can say
cornish gooner
Bit of a pointless troll when we still sit above your lot though eh block d?
nikolaijns
The latest news from Ornstein of the BBC and Wilson of the Torygraph seems to suggest that Theo will stay at the club without signing a new contract! Thats stunning because the last time we did that Matty Flamini fked us over. If true thats a very risky thing to do, its better to sell than do this.
Deltaforce
@Block D, last time I checked, Sunderland haven't scored a league goal, either and that's taking only the Prem. What's your point, seeing as we still sit above your lot?
Naijagunner
Theo is playing a risky game as well. Who is to know if Wenger would give him much playing time. If he can't showcase himself properly, it will be a gamble for any side to sign him on his preferred salary, even if on a Free. I do hope both sides reach some resolution before the bridges are burnt any further.
Naijagunner
Block D spurs.. still above yaa
Sajit
Anyways back on point, I think we can all safely agree we won't see anything like last years window again, that truly was a one off especially as it's too late for us to get a right pasting again before the window SLAMS SHUT to Jim Whites' ejaculatory howl. I'd be happy with one more striker although as ever these days my expectations with the club are absolutely rock bottom, that way anything is a pleasant surprise, well I say anything obviously losing another clutch of 1st teamers won't see the champers being popped. As incompetent as we currently are we'll probably fecking lose Santi at 11:49pm come Friday.
nikolaijns
2 ins and Theo contract and I think I'd be happy.
Little Dutch
OT. I thought Alex Song didn't look too out of place in the Barca side tonight. He will be playing quite a lot, you'd think as he seems very motivated. On the bright side, one can say Modric spends one day away from the tiny Totts and earns himself silverware :-) Okay. Needed to get that one out of the way.
Naijagunner
I tthought both Song and Modric were good for their respective Teams.
phreddy
It's deadline day, every need to feel afraid. At deadline day we let in shoite on a lower pay, And in our world of Bendtner Chamakh, Park, oh joy, throw your arms around your eyes on deadline day. But say a prayer, pray they'll be sold and gone, At deadline day it's hard and it's rarely fun. There's a world outside the window and it's a world of better players, where the only cash that's flowings in the oil scumbags' lairs, here the deadline bells are ringing, it's the clanging chimes of doom, well tonight F*** this I'm off away from Sky. And there won't be buys in Arsenal this deadline day, the greatest gift we'll get this year is sensible and prudent financial constraint. When all our players go, no replacements oh no. Do they know it's deadline day at all?? Ring Dick Laaaaaww let him know it's deadline day again Ring Dick Laaaaawww Let him know it's deadline day again.
nikolaijns
read mclintock's criticism of the club in the sun today. along with the picture published of the team played in 2009 featuring fabianski, nasir, song, rvp, toure, adebayor, eboue, fabregas, silvestre, gibbs and walcott. of them all, only fabianski, gibbs & walcott are left. had the picture featured clichy, it would have told a more complete story. thus, if walcott were to leave, the whole 1st 11 of year 2009 would have sold by the club for a total of 164 mil (including clichy's 7 mil and assuming walcott's fee is 12 mil)
Joe_@**
*except fabianski but almunia was our no. 1 then
Joe_@**
niko - that is pure genius, hahahahahahahaha! imagine if we our fans start singing that ditty at the stadium!
Gooner_Vin
True you lot are above us.. but not for long.. enjoy while you can lads... I see RVP is scoring at MU.. you need strikers just like we do... Anyway both our clubs have got decent money for their quality players.. now need to get new signings up to speed...
Block D Spurs
on a serious note, have to say I'll be underwhelmed to say the least if we don't make any additions to the squad. was going to book my ticket for the chelsea game the other day, but then decided against it when i saw it was 82. 82!! You wouldn't mind if at those prices the club was showing serious ambition to win the title.
Gooner_Vin
Is this the 132nd false dawn for you Block D Spurs or is the 133rd...cant seem to remember, there have been so many.
Deltaforce
Enquiries. So we have made enquiries eh? How adorable. Our rivals are making real purchases and here we are - Arsenal Football Club - making enquiries with less than 2 days to go. All the good work done previously has been undone with the RvP and Song sales and a failure to replace either of them. So let me get this straight - our attack for next season is - Poldi, Giroud, Chamakh -- how inspiring. ***** OFFFFFF ***** right OFFF
Sajit
sajit, actually we still have bendtner
Joe_@**
Things are awfully quiet. Wenger saying he only wants top, top, top quality and we're one day away, I'd be very surprised if anyone comes in, let alone top top top top top top quality...
Gooner_Vin
I read earlier that we could be lining up a bid for Van Der Wiel in region of about 7 mil. Unfortunately it was not particularly a reputable site/source. Unfortunately if he is going to buy, I have a feeling we may have a similar scenario to the deadline day last season where we endure an anxious wait to see if we have brought anyone in.
Ned Stark
Ivan Perisic?? Anyone know anything about him?
Dberg
Hes ****ing useless
Sajit
Scored a pretty useful volley against us last season though.
Little Dutch
Ignore me I'm falling into the twitter trap!
Dberg
Heh.. im just kidding. I dont know ..but since twitter tells me we are uselesss without MVila I rahter belieeve Twitter =)
Sajit
I'd take anyone right now :-( but hey no Gazidis at the CL draw - am I being too hopeful?? But seriously this is the first time i've ever watched the draw, is it always so slow and tedious??
Dberg
Olympiakos, Montpelier, Schalke Not bad.
Wyn Mills
Gazidis and David Miles weren't there. Miles would register any paperwork.
Little Dutch
good draw!
Joe_@**
Keeping Walcott beyond the transfer deadline without him signing even a short term 1 year contract extension is daft. If we dont replace Song before the end of today that will be even more daft.
Deltaforce
Carroll's exit on loan will now enable Pool to buy Dempsey. Their squad will then be quite good in all departments. Its going to be a super competitive season for the last CL place - Newcastle have kept their core together, Spurs have bought some good players including a top goalkeeper and Pool could be in the mix as well.
Deltaforce
Please tell me we're not serious about Essien. Another injury prone cast off who'll join Diaby in the treatment room.
Wyn Mills
I don't see why keeping Walcott without signing a contract is daft, why should the fans worry about the club losing money by letting him go free next summer if they themselves are not worried? As for Essien not sure about him but he is still only 29 and if he can recreate past form then why not, besides our last two loan deals worked out pretty well for us. Is he injury prone or did he simply have one serious injury that's kept him out for a long period?
Dberg
The Walcott situation and the fact that Song has gone unreplaced to this late, late point suggests to me that we haven't really had a well thought out, strategic approach to squad construction this summer. Again.
Little Dutch
Long term injury led to his form leaving him I believe. Then Ramires arrived and that more or less finished his career at Chelsea. I think there are better options out there. This screams panic buy. Even M'Villa would be preferred over Essien IMO.
Ned Stark
It all seemed so promising with Podolski seemingly brought in before the season even finished, followed by Cazorla and Giroud, looked like we'd really turned a corner. As it stands we have brought in some top class players but only replaced what has gone over the last couple of years and nothing to help build upon the squad .... looks like we'll make some profit on it too. Ace.
Rocky7
Our transfer dealings have not been upto the mark, again. Of course, it was better than last season but that's only bcoz the bar is pathetically low. The Theo situation could have been sorted out immediately after the Euros. Even till 2 days back, mixed signals first suggesting he will be sold, now the talk he will stay. There is no structured thought process behind any of this. Gazidis, Law & co get paid millions every year, but they are unable to get on top of the basics.
prits
Well the Arteta deal happened in a matter of hours last season so I am still hopeful that we could see a couple of acquisitions. However that hope is really a dwindling hope
Ned Stark
Doesn't look promising at this stage. We obviously aren't as ambitious as our statement to rvp made out. Any optimisum if fegood out our prospects just before the cologne friendly when we still had our ex captain and song have evaporated. Sigh.
Gooner_Vin
Essien's knee injuries have sadly eaten away at his all action midfielder traits. Essien at his best broke up opposition attacks using immense work rate, a burst of pace and strong tackles. With his mobility reduced he is still a strong tackler but is struggling to read the game better than he used to. Will be glad to be proved wrong if he joins but it seems like a last ditch effort than a deliberate plan.
Deltaforce
If Aston Villa sign Dempsey it will be a travesty - what a waste. If Arshavin leaves, he would have been the perfect replacement. On a general note it will be very interesting to note where Llorente and Kaka end up by the end of the day.
Deltaforce
BBC claims that they have been 'given word that as things stand, there will be no major arrivals at Arsenal before the transfer deadline'.
Ned Stark
With Bendtner and Park near the exit door and Sahin not signed to replace Song, that would be very dissapointin if true Ned Stark.
Deltaforce
Yes. Will be a case of two steps forward, three steps back IMO.
Ned Stark
Astonishing state of affairs if the BBC are right. Means it's just BS from Wenger when he says we are very active and looking for a special player.
Gooner_Vin
The upcoming battle with Shalke in the CL got a bit more difficult with Affelay signing for them on loan.
Deltaforce
Juve chief Marotta: 'Clearly he (Bendtner) isnt top player we wanted but we needed reinforcements - Legendary
Sajit
Who here honestly believes hand on heart we're not going to fudge this last deadline day up? Of course we are. We'll bring in no one of any quality (LOL at the Essien rumours, his knees make RVP's look solid) and we'll struggle to get rid of the 5-6 players sucking 20 million a year in wages out of the club. Deadline day last season was exciting for all the wrong reasons, we made a royal balls up of it, can't see this one being anywhere near as exciting, but I can see it being just as frustrating *sigh*. How much did I pay for my season ticket again......?
Scotch Eggs Rule
A clint Dempsey style signing wouldn't go a miss, especially for a reputed 7 million. He can cover the front line and midfield, score goals and he's a fighter. Given the chance at a big club like ours and in the CL I can see him busting his guts for the club.
Scotch Eggs Rule
Another thing is that Dempsey has EPL experience and may hit the ground running for us and would be useful whilst Giroud is finding his feet. I honestly believe he would turn out to be an inspired signing like Arteta and is right in AW's price range too. I am confident he would choose us over Liverpool too. Santi would create plenty of chances for him to finish and yes at 7 mil he seems like a real steal.
Ned Stark
Overall this transfer window looks like it's going to be a failure by Arsenal once again. And it started with so much promise too...
gunnerkid107
Agree about Dempsey, he'd make for a very solid signing. He's versatile, hard as nails and his ability on the ball is very underrated.
Deltaforce
Ok, This time I think we are royally *****ed. Entire season hinges on 3 players clicking in a new league.. Get your rosaries and bibles out Gooners.
Sajit
I have a feeling later tonight when 11 pm passes and no signings are made I will mournfully start wailing 'why, why, WHY??!!!' whilst punching the walls in my living room and banging my head against them a la Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull.
Ned Stark
Bendtner's loan departure to Juventus is confirmed as is Park's departure. Now if only Chamakh could be loaned out as well. Deafening silence on incoming players barring reported ongoing negotiations for Essien....
Deltaforce
Massive season and again the Boss puts pressure on the new signings and the likes of Ox , Coquelin, Jack, Ramsey to hit the ground running and fill big boots. ***** off Arsenal.
Sajit
Oh for God's sake - stop WHINING!! Talk about a bunch of overgrown boys crying because their daddy won't buy them a new toy! CALM DOWN.
julieloveshenry4ever
Because it's always worked out great in the past, Julie? I wondered what excuse the club would come up with, I see they're going with the "Top quality only" signing, I do believe this same philosophy gave us Park and Chamakh and the enigma that is Gervinho, this "Top quality or nothing" policy works a treat . What a bunch of miserly skinflints, they can spin it whichever way they like, the facts remain that yet again Arsenal sell, don't replace and make more than they spend in every single transfer window.
Professor Calculus
Its amazing season after season we fall for it. Highest tickets in the land, lowest spend. Top quality my arse.
Wyn Mills
A real pleasure seeing Atletico outplay Chelsea in the first half -fast, smooth one touch counter attacking football on display. Falcao is a demon he really is. Chelsea tried to play a possession based creative game but were swept aside in that first half with consummate ease. Chelsea will revert to the long ball to the striker routine that they are most familiar with now, there is no other option.
Deltaforce
Rumour going round that we've signed Jack Diddly-Squat, have to say I haven't heard of him what position does he play?
nikolaijns
I've heard he is a striker who specialises in own goals.
Deltaforce
Everton have been unusually active in this transfer window even accounting for the Rodwell money. They look like they will challenge for 4th place in the league as well.
Deltaforce
Dempsey goes to Spurs. How sweet. ***** off Arsenal.
Sajit
Dempsey to Spuds confirmed. It pains to say this but they have the making of a strong team there.
Deltaforce
Sajit has no clue stick to the coffee mornings with the girls while the men go to work.
Uskok
Going to be a long season for us this time fellow gunners. RVP was proven right then, and I have to agree with him. Wenger is insane.
Will-i-am10
This is pathetic, really.
Naijagunner
Does Wenger really think going through such a defining season as this with just two reliable strikers shows ambition? As it stands, desperate or not, I'll take Essien and convince myself he will hit the ground running as he brings premiership experience and remains a strong midfield tackler.
Naijagunner
I really think this is when it blows up in our faces. If Arteta gets injured. We're *****ed. If Cazorla gets injured. We're *****ed. If Podolski and / or Giroud get injured? Buggered. Unbalanced squad where all the midfielders do the same thing and all the attackers do the same thing as one another. Song sold and not replaced, Theo waiting on a nice Bosman. It hardly screams "prudent squad management" to me.
Little Dutch
Naija, its confirmed that Essien has joined Real Madrid on loan.
Deltaforce
DF, just saw that. I have been off 'news circulation' for about two days now, hoping that when I touch down and check, there will be some good news for the club. Alas! Wenger has done it again; when he starts the talk about 'top, top, top player', it was plain to see he was only reverting to type and had ended his transfer activities. So, what does Madrid want with Essien seeing as they were willing to send Sahin on loan?
Naijagunner
*started*
Naijagunner
Looks like we are going to be so average this season and will be lucky to be in the top 6. Unless, of course, the team continues to punch above it's weight.
Naijagunner
I really cannot understand AW's rationale and what the ***** he is thinking. If Giroud and Poldi get injured we have to turn to Chamakh because God forbid he tries to play Theo as a striker. If Cazorla and Arteta get injured we lose our creativity in midfield. Jack is still a fair way from coming back and we have no idea if he will even be the same player when he does. I am not optimistic for the coming season and hope this is not the season when we drop out of the top 4. Nice one AW, nice one.
Ned Stark
Mbia for 7 mil to QPR seems a good deal. Could have been a useful player for us. Can play Def and Def Mid. Also annoyed that we didnt go in for Dempsey either just to give us an additional striking option up front especially at the price he eventually went for.
Ned Stark
I totally echo LDs statements. Squad is horribly unbalanced.
Sajit
Im not sure what our best attacking formation is. Neither does Wenger. I think we basically need to play a 4-4-2 if we are going to use the strengths of both Giroud and Poldi but I dont think we have the depth or the players to play a 4-4-2. Our 4-3-3 looks toothless and predictable. In short, put it mildly, I think we are *****ed.
Sajit
Previously it was Foo Kin Nowon. This year we made twin signings of Bal-Lansin Bookz & Makin Profittz
Sajit
Feels a bit ridilous to judge Van Persie too harshly right now. Whether he really believed it when he published his ill fated letter, it sure rings true right about now.
smithdj74
*ridiculous would have been a better word choice although the situation does justify some new word invention. It's going to be pretty easy pickings for the "wenger out" crowd if the wins don't start rolling in. What the hell is that man thinking?
smithdj74
It can now be conclusively said that the club management lack the desire and will to take the team to the status of title challengers. In an increasingly competitive league where even newly promoted sides like Southampton pay the market price for talent matching our highest ever transfer fee, AFC has been reduced to a situation where we neither pay the market price for transfers nor the market price for wages for top players. While its true that paying the market wage when the market is decided by Oligarch owned clubs is silly, we could atleast be prepared to increase our transfer fee for exceptional young players with resale value to a level of 20-25 million instead of a low threshold of 15 million which we never seem to exceed. Paying neither of the above would mean that in era of open information transfer we cant attract or retain many top players.

Secondly, balancing player purchases with sales of ones best players every year is called re-investment not investment. Thirdly, relying year on year on Arsene Wenger to make a squad punch above its weight and nick 4th or 3rd place in the league is a risky strategy which sooner or later is likely to unravel.
Deltaforce
A week before the transfer window closed, AW said he wanted to bring two players to the club and that he had a clear idea about what he wanted to do. How did that plan unravel is a question that one wishes one knew the answer to. After signing 3 quality players early in the summer we had the chance to push on and build on our strengths. Sad to say that we have squandered the opportunity to challenge for the title. On the positive side - Spuds missed out on Moutinho so they havent adequately replaced Modric and Chelsea' defensive midfield strength in depth is insufficient after Essien's departure.
Deltaforce
Well, if injuries to our only real striker and the wide-men who come inside and are listed on the official site as strikers (Podolski, Theo Bosman, Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain) force Chamakh into more games, and he finds form, will Wenger say he's like a new signing? I agree with LD- there appears to be little or no thought given to the big picture in terms of building a squad, just some exciting early signings and then the usual sale of two of our best players followed by . . . nothing. Sure, we'll probably hold onto fourth place, for the coming year anyway, but the only supporter who could be happy with this transfer window is Amos, our resident Mr. Bean(counter).
elbondo
Perhaps AW is looking to bring through some of the younger players. the problem is its a very risky strategy given what's riding on the next couple of seasons in terms of commercial and sponsorship deals. Now's the time the club need to be pushing on and showing its ambition. Instead the general impression is of an exodus of our best players, a distant aloof board and a manager who could give Scrooge a run for his money. Am all for financial prudence but this is just taking the mick.
Wyn Mills
Not sure what you guys want. If we make the signings early everyone is *****ed because we did nothing on deadline day, if we make the signings late we are desperate and reactionary! This club manages through thick and thin to end up in the top 4 of the toughest league in the world! I think the toughest thing about being an arsenal fan is being associated with the whinging impatient non-understanding fans that seem to make up the majority of our ranks! Show some faith and patience goddamit!!!
BergGunner
Surely the complaint can't be that there's no structure or prudence in the club's transfer policy. What seems to be upsetting many is that there's too much structure and consideration going into the club's approach. What displeases most is that we haven't made a glamour signing that might give a temporary boost to supporters but not actually improve the team. Another Arshavin type buy. It's not the lack of a big picture at the club that's a problem here.
Amos.
Agree with Berggunner and julieloveshenry4ever, the reaction here is over the top and like a spoilt child. Sure it would have been exciting to have a few signings but I think we still have a stronger squad than last season. Not many clubs have really splashed the cash either in the PL so I think we will be more competitive. Only thing that worries me is that Walcott hasn't been tied down to a long term contract, but the club know more about that situation than me so it's pointless me speculating as to the reasons why.
bowiecokemirror
Also would have been nice to get rid of the unwanted players on permanent deals but it's hard to shift players on high wages. We need to really change our wage structure but i think the the board are already looking to do that anyway.
bowiecokemirror
Can you seriously berate Arsenal fans for being impatient after 7 years without winning anything other than the Emirates Cup? We're fans, not sycophants. The difference is fans cheer and groan in equal measure. And showing a bit of frustration because the club say one thing and then do something else does not equate to a loss of faith. While the cynic in me wonders whether the club had one eye on the season ticket uptake in making those early signings (knowing the bad news was still to come), the fanatic remains hopeful it will all come good.
Wyn Mills
Amos, its not about glamour signings. its about replacing the quality we have lost in specific positions. Even Wenger has admitted we need reinforcing in certain areas. Year on year we never quite seem to achieve it in time for the start of the season. That is all about management, nothing else.
Wyn Mills
I don't suppose there'll ever be a time when we wouldn't want to replace any of our players with better quality. Whether that quality is genuinely available and/or attainable at the time and on terms that make sense is bound to be a little less straightforward than the impression given by some supporters.
Amos.
I can understand the concerns but surely it's better to wait and see how this squad does before getting all angry and frustrated. We have tried to sign both Mirallas and Sahin but they have gone elsewhere. In Sahin's case because of financial reasons and most here agree the cost to bring him to the club for one season would have been too high. Mirallas didn't want to be third choice striker which is understandable. Maybe there was no one else available who was affordable, would improve the squad and willing to sign for us. I doubt the board and manager have not been working hard and looking at all our options carefully in the last couple of months.
bowiecokemirror
Bowie, "not many clubs have really splashed the cash either in the PL...". QPR, Chelsea, Liverpool and the Spuds come to mind. This has nothing to do with glamour signings but rather a demonstration of desire to challenge for titles by either retaining your best players or replacing those you couldn't keep for any reason. Bringing in players from the youth set up isn't going to make up for that as youngsters look up to first teamers and pick up from them. Any wonder why even the Reserves and youth sides have not been winning much?
Naijagunner
....and by winning much, I am referring to the trophies available at those levels, lately.
Naijagunner
For 7 years, the fans have continued to believe in what the club has been saying about its philosophy and the need for prudence; this summer, we had a chance to eventually justify the virtue in all that patience by building a very strong side (adding to the team, including van Persie and Song) and doing away with the deadwood. We've just lost that chance now and will find we will still have the mentality of a "small club" who have to prove something when we meet the big sides, while the small sides play us without little fear. It isn't ideal for the fans and sponsors, having to lose two of the more visible faces of most sponsorship materials running for the next twelve months. I still saw some Malta Guiness billboards carrying the faces of our those players and that is ridiculous! Wenger didn't need to keep up his "Wengerspeak" of making the point that we still needed strengthening in certain areas and will still add two more, only to do Zilch. That indicates we failed at even that simplest of goals. Compare that to another rival manager who declared his transfer activity had closed and think which team will feel stronger and confident they have the Manager's trust.
Naijagunner
*with little fear*
Naijagunner
Well what can we do now, its done. Just hope the team can remain competitive and there are no glaringly obvious need for signings in January because it would make the lack of activity in the latter part of the window just gone seem as folly. Time will tell. However it is clear that AW and the board are happy just competing for a C/L spot and not the title itself. I dont think we are strong enough to win the C/L so I just hope AW takes the domestic cups seriously as IMO those represent our best chance of silverware.
Ned Stark
Of course, it is the lot of the fans to support the team and live in belief. That is the reason that this whole state of affairs hurts. We had a chance to present a feared squad this season. I will be very happy to be proved wrong; but this looks the year when it all unravels and we miss 4th place. Oh! How I want to be wrong.
Naijagunner
We strengthened our squad nice and early, to a level we could all be quite happy with. THEN we went and sold the best striker in Europe last season and one of our best midfielders, we then did ***k all about replacing them, thus leaving us at the level of last season which for half a season was absolute pants. How can anyone be happy with our summer window business is beyond me. Still there's always the most expensive tickets to watch a team that is run by people showing a frightening lack of ambition.
Scotch Eggs Rule
Whats done is done. Looking forward to supporting the team tomorrow in a big game.
Deltaforce
What's done shouldn't of been done. What wasn't done was so bloody obvious we could all see it a mile off. Same mistakes each and every single season, are we the only club in the world who is always 3 players short of having a truly formidable squad and a contractual issue with a major player each and every season?
Scotch Eggs Rule
Top top top top high quality wasn't available, let's all praise Arsenal for attempting to loan out some deadwood and making some enquiries.
shewore
I thought Wenger thought Lloris was Top Top quality? Didn't stop that lot down the road signing him, did it? Dempsey went for half a Song too, when he would unmistakably have provided a Top Top quality attacking option.
Wyn Mills
Considering the kind of sums you've heard bandied around as the value of some of these players, I find it incredible that they get sold to the Tots at the Fees being mentioned. Martin Jol had valued both Dembele and Dempsey at over 15m pounds each. So, was it a case of doing his former club some favors? Same thing with Lloris who we've heard valued at 20m in the past. Why did Lyon suddenly drop his valuation?
Naijagunner
 

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