With bold talk coming out of the club that serious money would be spent this summer, it no doubt disappoints Arsenal fans that with a shade over a week until the new Premier League campaign begins, their sole recruit has been the little-known Yaya Sanogo.
Unfortunately, a report from a reliable BBC reporter may send the trophy-shy Londoners’ frustrations completely over the top:
— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) August 8, 2013
Indeed, David Ornstein reports that ex-Real Madrid forward Gonzalo Higuain, who no less than a month ago looked a lock to smash Arsenal transfer records as the symbolic first arrival of their ‘war chest’ era, only ended up heading to Napoli instead because Arsenal allowed him to.
The development puts additional pressure on Arsene Wenger’s attempts to sign Luis Suarez – a negotiation the Frenchman has been his notoriously-stubborn self about thus far.
To be honest, all the attention placed on whether the Uruguayan stays at Liverpool or gets his wish and leaves – plus his laundry list of controversial antics – makes such caution completely understandable.
However, if Arsenal get to September 1 without Suarez, Higuain or any other marquee signing, the side who won the league without dropping a single fixture 10 seasons ago will struggle to keep their increasingly-disgruntled fanbase on-side if the Gunners have a couple of tough results in a row.