Every Summer transfer window is an emotional roller-coaster for Arsenal supporters. As we watch our rivals splash the cash, we are left wondering what the hell Arsene Wenger is doing behind the scenes. Has Stan Kroenke locked away the damn checkbook? Did Le Prof lose his pen to sign the damn check? The answer is none of the above.
Arsenal are looking for the right player, in the right transfer scenario, at the right price, and at the right moment. Basically they are looking for a fuc*en unicorn!
It all started in promising fashion when the Gunners announced the signing of Granit Xhaka, who they had been chasing around Germany as if they were playing Pokémon Go. They were finally able to capture the Swiss international, leading to supporters being slightly more hopeful ahead of the Summer transfer window.
With Euro 2016 taking place in June, it’s not all that surprising to see clubs wait until specific players were out of the tournament, or even waiting just in case there was an injury or a doubt. But, after signing Xhaka bright and early, sh*t has gone silent again at the Emirates.
Links to Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan didn’t end well. The Gabon international is still at Dortmund, while the Armenian took his talent to Old Trafford. Lukaku was also on the radar, then came Gabriel Barbosa, who I was praying we wouldn’t sign. The Brazilian striker didn’t catch the eye of spectators at Copa America, and Brazilian supporters don’t appear to fond of him.
A few days later, rumors surfaced that Julian Draxler was back on the shortlist, and now there’s a ridiculous story going around about a potential swap of Olivier Giroud for Gonzalo Higuain, with Arsenal paying Napoli some stupid amount of money ranging around £50m. That’s a joke right?
So you’re saying Arsenal would give them Giroud, who had a good Euro 2016 and he’s proven he can score goals for the club along with a large chunk of money, to receive Higuain in return who has scored goals for Napoli and Real Madrid, but has no Premier League experience? Not to mention he may have scored 38 goals in all competitions last season, but one could argue he’s in a league that isn’t as competitive. Sorry to break it to you Gonzalo, but you are not worth that much money, nor should Arsenal swap Giroud, because we’d then still be stuck with just one striker.
As Thierry Henry said, if paired with the right offensive option, Olivier Giroud is very beneficial to the team. His hold up play is great and his link-up play is fantastic, so why not bring in a more mobile offensive weapon who can help lessen the goal scoring burden for Giroud? Please don’t tell me Sanogo or Walcott are the answer to the problem.
While we wait patiently to see how things play out, there isn’t much else being discussed in terms of Arsenal’s transfer plans. Arsene Wenger has kept the cards close to his chest, just as he always does, but the season is just about 26 days away, so time isn’t on his side, unless he’s planning some Deadline Day shenanigans.
Danny Welbeck being out may limit our options to start the season seeing as players like Alexis, Ozil, Giroud and even Ramsey will get an extended break after representing their country this summer. We turn our attention to Theo Walcott, and maybe even… wait for it… Yaya Sanogo, he’s like a new signing!
On the defensive side of things, it appears that Arsenal may have signed Rob Holding from Bolton. The 20-year old has been rumored to complete his medical with the Gunners, but it will cause some supporters to ask where the solutions for the present are, instead of being so focused on the future. How many potential diamonds in the rough has Arsenal signed, who have not flourished as expected? Too many to name.
I’m fairly confident that Arsenal supporters aren’t opposed to the club scouting for the future, but it seems that they put more scouting efforts into that, than they do for players who could make an impact straight away. It’s more than obvious that Arsenal could use another proven striker, along with another solid defensive option, yet they signed Calum Chambers a few years ago, and now it appears that Holding is next on the list. Chambers hasn’t really imposed himself in the squad, and I can’t imagine Holding will go straight into the senior squad from the start.
There is a less than one month remaining before the Premier League season kicks off, and although the transfer window only ends at the end of August, it would be good for Arsenal to bring in some signings who have time to adapt to their teammates during the pre-season, instead of waiting until deadline day.
The real question is who will be Arsenal’s big signing from now until the end of August?