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Arsenal on the back foot in the transfer market

Tell me what is wrong with this sentence: Liverpool splash out £20 million on Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson, Manchester United look set to pay around £15 million for Blackburn centre-back Phil Jones while Arsenal announce the signing of 19-year-old Charlton defender Carl Jenkinson.

Haven’t got it yet? Wednesday morning bought with it a flurry of transfer activity as the top teams began to creak into action and show their hand ahead of the 2012 season and the Arsenal faithful would have been left utterly confused by the developments in the transfer market this morning after Arsene Wenger did exactly what the team didn’t need and broght a promising youngster to the club.

More worryingly for the Gunners, Jones spoke to Arsenal before opting for United; and with that Arsenal were left to wonder if their summer will continue in the same vein it has started in.

And while rumours of David De Gea, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young joining United and Liverpool are heavily linked with Stuart Downing and Charlie Adam, Arsenal appear to have taken a back seat when they needed to be proactive.

Arsenal are in real danger of being dragged backwards and eaten up by the chasing pack; if the potential departure of Nasri wasn’t warning enough of the need to act, their woeful finish to the season that allowed Manchester City to ease past them into 3rd place and the final automatic Champions League spot should have set the alarm bells ringing

There is still plenty of time to act; indeed Wenger’s record of signing little known players and making them superstars is almost unmatched. But the Frenchman finds himself in unfamiliar territory as he looks to attract established big names with experience to a club that is trophy-less for six years – the tables have turned on Wenger and he is now in a critical stage of his Arsenal career; and if he doesn’t come good on his vow to add significantly to his squad, will the whispers of discontent around the Emirates grow to a shout?

 

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