So my fellow Arsenal fans, how does it feel after the transfer deadline day has passed? Like a slap on the face? A knee in the crotch? Yep! To be fair the transfers this season has been good overall. Coming into the 2014-15 season Arsenal had brought in 4 fresh new signings in attacker Alexis Sanchez, second goalkeeper David Ospina, left back Mathieu Debuchy & versatile defender Callum Chambers. However we all knew that it wasn’t enough. Carl Jenkinson was sent out on loan, captain Thomas Vermalen was sold to Barcelona and we lost Baccary Sanga on a free transfer to Manchester City. And adding to the fact that Theo Walcott is not yet back from his injury, we also lost Kieran Gibbs (again) to injury and then striker Oliver Giroud to an ankle injury that will keep him out till January and then captain Mikkel Arteta is also out for a couple of weeks. Going into the final days of the transfer window, and having played 6 games, we all knew that we needed to strengthen the squad a lot more.
We needed at the bare minimum a top class striker, a good holding midfielder and 1 more solid full back to ensure that we don’t fall apart. This was all the talk in the last couple of weeks. There were rumours of Sami Khedia, William Carvalho, Edinson Cavani, Falcao, Agger, Sokratis, Manolos, Ron Vlaar, Toby Alderweireld, Marco Reus all being possible signings. And in the end we only got – Danny Wellbeck! Unwanted at Manchester United and considered surplus there. You gotta laugh at the joke! It’s so typical of Arsene Wenger’s rubbishness these past few years. I wonder if he is losing his mind in his advancing years. It’s like being shown a scrumptious lunch/dinner buffet of all the best dishes the world has to offer but being given stale bread on your plate to eat! Well when you’re hungry you will eat the stale bread! And as EPL managers with better squads are doing last minute deals to further strengthen, “Professor” Arsene Wenger boards a plane to Italy, for a bigger priority – i.e. officiating at some obscure soccer match!
I have been a critic of Arsene Wenger for a while now but this tops everything. Selling Vermalen before signing a replacement, not addressing the defensive woes and midfield woes and a striker when you really need one! Oh for fuck’s sake!