Most of Arsenal’s summer has been spent pretending they were after world class talent but then backing off when it looked like the move had even the slightest chance of happening. Their clearly not-particularly-arsed pursuit of Luis Suarez was their main storyline of the off-season, but they also supposedly had not-particularly-arsed pursuits of Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata over the last couple of months, all of which never looked likely.
It leaves Arsenal with a cheque-book that’s seen as much business as Pete Doherty’s patented drug addiction rehab programme. The strong finish to last season may have tricked Arsene Wenger into thinking his squad doesn’t need much in the way of strengthening. He might be right, but that strategy is based largely on the questionable presumption that no-one in his squad picks up an injury throughout the season. It could happen. If Arsenal make a couple of signings before the transfer window closes, the honour of another ‘practically a trophy’ Top 4 finish is on. If they don’t the squad’s lack of depth will cause issues.
Overly optimistic pre-season tweet:
Less optimistic Christmas-time tweet:
Bitterly disappointed end of season tweet: