The summer transfer activity may not have gone to plan at the Emirates, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed to maintain his quest for new signings ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Arsenal have been linked with a litany of potential new players to aide a push for silverware, but so far his pursuits have come up short. in fact he has only brought in one player so far during this transfer window, Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a free transfer.
Exiting the north London club is a lengthy list of players, including Gervinho, Andrey Arshavin, Denilson, Sebastien Squillaci, Andre Santos and Denilson.
Of the players who Arsenal have missed out on, the most high profile was that of Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain who seemed set for a move before Napoli swooped for the Argentinian as a replacement for Edinson Cavani after his high profile move to Paris Saint Germain. The likelihood of Luiz Suarez joining has dissipated drastically since the Gunners £40,000,001 offer.
If salt was required to be ground into the clubs open transfer related wounds, Luiz Gustavo spoke favourably of a potential move to the club earlier this week. With that the Brazilian midfielder signed for Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
But Wenger is unperturbed.
“There are 18 days to go, so that is a long time in the transfer market and we will be active,” the Frenchman told the Arsenal Player website in an effort to illuminate a gloomy scenario. “I cannot certify what the number, but we will be active until the end, that is for sure.”
Unfortunately being active and being successful in the pursuance of their transfer plan, are two different things. Former defensive stalwart at the club, Martin Keown, believes though, that the pursuit of Suarez shows the clubs intent. “The club were saying ‘We have £40million there. We have tried to buy someone else’s best player for a change’. It has shown how serious Arsenal are about spending money.
“In the past, Arsene has nurtured them, then lost them just when they are at their best, as was the case with Samir Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie. Now he needs to go out and buy an obvious talent, someone who is going to hit the ground running. And they don’t come cheap.
“Fair play to Liverpool for hanging on to Suarez but Arsenal still need to buy two or three players.”