The last days of the transfer window revealed the state of Arsenal football club.
Having previously rejected £10million for Kieran Gibbs and refused to pay £52million for Thomas Lemar, with the clock ticking, the Gunners accepted £7million for Gibbs and offered £92million for Lemar.
Not only that, the club tried to land the Monaco midfielder while he was playing for France against Netherlands.
The signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac have been encouraging (when Arsene Wenger decides to play them) but the 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool exposed the cracks in Arsenal’s squad.
Many fans were therefore understandably disappointed with the Gunners’ transfer window.
But the men in charge of Arsenal see it differently however.
Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has stunned fans by claiming that summer transfer window should be viewed as a success.
The Gunners lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to Liverpool but managed to keep hold of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez – even though the Chilean wants out and was set for a deadline day move to Man City.
Wenger failed to bring in replacements for any of the above three, and with the latter pair set to leave for nothing at the end of the season, the Emirates faithful were critical of their club’s actions.
In an email sent to players and staff on Friday, Gazidis wrote: “At the end of the window, reviewing all activity, we have once again improved the depth and quality of the squad.
“Everything is coloured by results… a positive performance at Liverpool would have coloured this transfer window very differently.
“We have had a poor start to the season but have the quality to turn it around and turn around performances and compete for the title.”
Arsenal were one of a select few clubs in the top-flight to turn a profit in the window.
Chairman Sir Chips Keswick also highlighted how far apart the Arsenal chiefs are from the fans by publicly announcing that he ‘much preferred’ horse racing to football at the moment.
Really? We never would have guessed Sir Chips.
Yet more evidence that Arsenal’s mid-table mentality is allowing them to drift further and further away from their title rivals.
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