As the summer transfer window’s clock ticks on, Arsenal fans’ anxiety continues to grow. The reason isn’t far-fetched, it is owing to the lack of high profile movement into the club. In fact, we can say it is almost lack of movement at all. The only solitary signing so far this summer is young French striker Yaya Sanogo but with less than a month left of the transfer window and just 12 days to the start of the new EPL season, one of Arsenal’s old heads, Mikel Arteta has urged calm by declaring the club will have quality additions before the window slams shut.
“It will happen. I have no doubts about it. It takes time but I know the boss is working really hard on it, and the board as well. It will happen for sure.
“I am very convinced but the great players normally come at the end of the transfer window. The clubs work hard to keep their best players and I think Arsenal will do
well in the transfer window.
“I think we are going to start the season with new faces. That is what we are all hoping for. That will give us a big boost and everyone is very positive.
“We need to close the gap with the teams that are trying to win the titles. We have been too far in the last few seasons. We will start and see how it goes. We won’t be as far this season.”
(Arteta speaking on transfers)
From the Spaniard’s statement, we might be in for late arrivals. Suarez’s transfer for one could stretch late into the window. If Arteta is sounding confident, he must know a thing or two, certainly, the former Toffee has an inside information which we (fans) aren’t privy to. About not mentioning names, that isn’t a surprise. The
clandestine nature of Arsenal’s transfer dealings seem to have spread to players. Chuba Akpom was severely reprimanded when he took to twitter to hint on Cazorla’s likely arrival at the heat of the saga. Arteta is calmer, hence the coy position.
Late transfers are usually a risk as you could get quality players on the cheap like Arteta joining Arsenal for 11million Pounds, ditto for Mertesacker who signed for 10 million Pounds but the club could also end up with misfits like we did with Santos and Park Chu Yung.
If Arteta who at the beginning of the Asian tour sounded pessimistic about the arrivals of new signings now sound confident. Then, we fans should relax and await the end of the window before we pass a judgment on Wenger and the entire Arsenal board.