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From the moment the transfer window opened on midnight on the last day of the season ..

The media and social networking sites have been awash with rumours of players that are targeted by Arsenal and even the most sceptical of Gunners have been impressed at some of the names that have been bandied about.

We know Arsene likes to sign cheap/free players but with £70 million to spend it’s time for pounds to be spent instead of pennies and with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Wayne Rooney, Stephan El Shaarawy, Cesc Fabregas and more recently Marouane Fellaini named as possible transfers is it finally a summer where Arsenal fans can get excited?

Arsene Wenger has a £70 million budget available

Arsene Wenger has a £70 million budget available

Arsenal fans are often described as the most media savvy of all football fans and we also read the most online about our club but I think sometimes we are guilty of believing too much because we are simply desperate for Arsene and Co to sign some world class players. I can remember the Lukas Podolski furore went on from December until his signing was announced at the end of April last year and I fear that this summer could be the same with a few names. For example Arsenal groups across Twitter and Facebook and even the media were so sure that we had completed the signing of Stevan Jovetic that it was talked about amongst fans for months but obviously as we all know now, Arsenal weren’t ever going to pay £25.5 million for him and the deal wasn’t even near any completion, it was rubbish.

We as fans are not at fault for what we believe, we support one of the more quiet clubs when it comes to transfers but at least we can rely on the fact that when it does hit the website as an official announcement then it is true. Whilst we can be grateful for that I am not sure Arsenal are living up to the expectation of fans so far this summer with no official signings announced and we are watching other clubs go about their business efficiently. Whether you are AKB (Arsene Knows Best) or WOB (Wenger Out Brigade) everyone is expecting Arsene Wenger to spend some money on the team but so far there seems to be no real indication of any real transfers apart from Yaya Sanogo and maybe the possible announcement of Higuain. We are all starting to get the feeling of frustration we get most summer’s and this one seems to be heading the same way – late business in August because there are no suitable players left to buy.

The way I see it is Arsene only has one year left on his contract, to earn a new contract and win back the fans he needs to win something this year, and if he spends £70 million and doesn’t achieve that then it will be obvious that he is the thing that needs to be changed and I don’t think he wants to risk that. The alternative is that by spending the money he is conceding that the team aren’t strong enough and that is something Arsene still insists is untrue, even though we all know Arsenal need players Wenger ultimately has the deciding vote unless the board step in as they have on a few occasions over the last couple of years.

I really wanted to be excited about this summer, I really wanted to be proved wrong by Arsene and I wanted him to come and show me and the rest of the WOB brigade that he has it in him to go out and get some great players like he used to, I wanted him to show good intention, not haggle over money and get his business done early and prove that he is competing for a trophy next season. After hearing rumours of a bidding war over Higuain and dithering over money for Fellaini I am starting to wonder whether Le Boss has any intention of spending that money at all and if he doesn’t then I think we will be in real trouble next year.

As always Gooners, thanks for reading and please feel free to leave a comment.

Post written by Niki Berry
Blog: thepitchisback.com, Twitter: @NikiBerryTPiB

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