Same Old Arsenal?


With only the notable signing of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Mönchengladbach it it hasn’t been quite the summer Arsenal fans had been expecting.

The £34-million-pound man does finally fill a position left by Patrick Vieira that Arsenal fans have been crying for for a number of years. Nevertheless, in a summer where Arsenal’s rivals have moved quickly and decisively in securing the best talents around the world, best shown by Manchester United’s all costs pursuit of Paul Pogba, it does leave the danger of Arsenal being left behind and putting Arsene Wenger’s record of finishing in the top four for the past twenty years in danger.

However, it hasn’t quite been like the summer of 2015 where Arsenal were the only team in top 5 European leagues not to sign an outfield player. This summer Arsenal fans have seen serious intent from the Arsenal management in securing a much needed striker; which was evidenced early in the transfer window with the failed £20-million-pound pursuit of Jamie Vardy. Youngsters Rob Holding and Takuma Asano have also come in as players for the future, although with the long term injury to Per Mertesacker Holding may be called upon earlier than Arsene Wenger may have liked.

There has also been a failed £30-million-pound bid for Alexandre Lacazette and it is expected that Arsenal will go in with an improved bid. Lacazette has averaged 25 goals a season for three years which represents a return that Arsenal have not had since the Thierry Henry days, and in today’s market it would be difficult to find a striker with that type of return for under £50-million. So Arsenal fans would hope that this deal is secured quickly before another team comes in for him.

Although the signings have been slightly underwhelming it appears something is going on at the Emirates and it may be that Arsenal fans have to be patient for a little while longer before a superstar arrives…then again more patience with no results at the end of it so far, will this be the same old Arsenal?

Written by Milan Farhan.