Arsene Wenger and Arsenal could be risking the wrath of Arsenal fans after it was claimed by the Telegraph’s Jeremy Wilson that the club are not expecting to bring in any major players and could wait until next year to reinforce.
With Gabriel already sold and Arsenal light in the centreback department (well, light with centrebacks that Wenger wants to actually use) it seemed impossible that the club could sell the Brazilian without replacing him.
Add to that the fact that they have chased Thomas Lemar hard all summer, and you have to think that they have identified an area of weakness that needs strengthened significantly.
Knowing all that, Wilson’s tweet was surprising:
No expectation of major Arsenal incomings. Sense they'd rather wait to see if Lemar/Van Dijk became feasible next year than go down list now
— Jeremy Wilson (@JWTelegraph) August 26, 2017
Arsenal went into this season talking of change and seemingly aware of the ire amongst fans at the awarding of a new deal to Arsene Wenger.
All of that seemed to point to them finally taking the transfer window seriously and strengthening in positions that are desperately crying out for reinforcement.
Instead, in addition to letting Gabriel go, we have also sold the best goalkeeper at the club leaving us with an ageing stopper past his best and a Colombian few have faith in.
Catalyst for change? More like more of the same that hasn’t worked for the past decade.