The transfer window re-opens on July 1st in the Premier League and some other leagues across Europe. Clubs are already making underground moves to get their targets.
Arsenal are not excluded but we have been less active or perhaps not getting it right in the transfer market in comparison to our rivals and that has rightly accounted for our struggle to maintain our competitive strength at the highest level.
The last two summer transfer markets have been the worst hit for the club. In the summer of 2015/2016 Petr Cech signed from Chelsea was our only recruit while a number of signings for a combined fee of 116million pounds were made last summer but the returns have been below expectations.
Though Arsene Wenger future at Arsenal has continued to be the subject of different speculations, the Gunners boss is believed to be lining up a number of potential targets ahead of the summer window but how many of them could he attract to the Emirates Stadium?
Apart from Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, we have missed out on a number of top targets to our rivals, from Luis Suarez to the recent one, N’Golo Kante. That French midfielder would have been our joker this season but for reasons best known to Mr Wenger only we missed out on him. And to make it worst Wenger always have no plan B
Wenger is only good at lamenting on missing on top targets. It’s either an issue of indecision on his part or the club’s scouts have been poor in their scouting duties. The 67-year-old have faced much criticism for his transfer policy but it is unknown if that will change as we approach the summer transfer.
If Wenger is staying at Arsenal, the club hierarchy has to hire a competent Director of Football to take over some of the duties Wenger has assumed since the departure of David Dein from that role a decade ago.
No other manager at a top club commands the kind of influence Wenger has at Arsenal, as he plays a key role in contract negotiations with agents and in overseeing the club’s annual budget.
Unless that changes, it may be the same outcome next season.