Deadline Day Beckons: Are Arsenal Ready For Another Late Show?


In completing their signing of Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City may have provided the ripple effect that Arsène loves to cite when talking about the transfer market; that one big move which provides the domino effect allowing other moves to come to fruition.

This summer seems different, one move hasn’t been that decisive. Yesterday’s flurry of activity centred around both Mancunian clubs, with sales at Old Trafford sparking interest in Monaco’s Martial to the delight of sub-editors and headline writers around the globe.

De Bruyne’s move confirms deals, even in a quiet transfer window, can be done. Wolfsburg didn’t want to sell but money talked in the end, as much to the Germans as it did to the player. The fee seems to have lost any touch with reality but City feel he will be a vital piece in their title quest and were willing to pay over the odds for a good player. The fee, if they end the season as champions, will make sense in those circumstances and will come to be seen as good business for them.

It brings Arsenal’s summer into sharp focus. With less than thirty-six hours to go, the squad awaits enhancement beyond Petr Cech. City’s spend is derided as being the death of FFP; the last rites were read as soon as UEFA failed to implement draconian punishments on transgressors whilst its remains were interred with the continued relaxation of the rules. Only Arsenal seem to miss it; no-one else really cares.

That isn’t to say the club should abandon their business model; they can’t in any case, Stan Kroenke isn’t going to bankroll Arsenal in the same way Abramovich and others do their own clubs. That’s fair enough but can Arsenal be more aggressive in the transfer market, financially, and do they need to be if the club is to lift itself into the position of title challengers instead of being merely content with qualifying for the Champions League?

The summer may genuinely have been a case of not being able to find the right player(s) for the right price(s). If that’s the reality, the club know it will be a tough sell. The perception will that Arsenal were only one of Europe’s major clubs not to significantly strengthen their squad. Whether it is the reality is a matter of perspective and subjective assessment of other squads and hiding in the background is that despite their ban, Barcelona were able to arrange deals for the minute it is lifted.

I don’t advocate signing just ‘anyone’; it has to be a genuine improvement on the current personnel otherwise there is no point. It’s a limited talent pool, that’s for certain, but by no means so shallow that it is non-existent as a blank summer beyond Cech would suggest.

It also increases pressure on the squad. As I mentioned yesterday, Arsenal probably sit three points worse off than where Arsène envisaged before the start of the season. Recovering from the opening day defeat to West Ham has been vital and not letting the five point gap to Manchester City grow has been vital. We saw last season how quickly those gaps grow and how they are irrecoverable.

Aaron Ramsey offered his view on where we are,

My view is to look at the table after 10 games and then see where everyone is then. So many things can happen.

Hopefully [West Ham] will be our only upset, the one at the beginning of the season, and if we go on a winning run to win our next five or six games, then maybe we’ll be there or thereabouts again. It’s important to just concentrate on what we can do.

You can’t take too much into how the table’s looking so far. Teams are going to have upsets and hopefully the opening-day upset will be our only one for a long time.

Premier League-era football doesn’t readily allow for the longer-term perspective, even if that is only seven or eight weeks. That six league matches is deemed to be long-term tells you all you need to know about the modern game. Six more fixtures include the trip to Stamford Bridge and hosting Manchester United; City coincidentally reach double figures with the Mancunian derby, their only difficult fixture in that spell.

The echoes of Arsène’s “judge me in May” ring through Ramsey’s statement. Will ten games become fifteen, twenty, extending to once the January window closes? He is realistic enough to know that judgement isn’t going to wait much beyond the final whistle against Stoke City. All the players can do is believe in themselves and continue to perform as best they can.

There is enough talent to finish comfortably in the top four and I think it would be a genuine disappointment for the players not to at least match last season’s third place, even without a new striker arriving. But that’s rushing to judgement, way ahead of Ramsey’s criteria so we’ll hold fire on that one. The ramifications of the current window will be felt for some time to come.

In the meantime, the full madness of the next twenty-four hours will soon be apparent. False leads and malevolent rumours will circulate whilst in the background Jim White is practising his scales as Ann Summers has a run on toys to humiliate and embarrass Sky’s marauding reporters. The summer will soon be over; Arsenal are hoping to avoid the biting chill of winter.

’til Tomorrow.

172 thoughts on “Deadline Day Beckons: Are Arsenal Ready For Another Late Show?

  1. Jonny says:

    Does that make Martial the most expensive teenager evah? Genuine question.

  2. Phil says:

    Wouldn’t expect many bargains today and tomorrow.
    The market does seem to be set rather high.

  3. C says:

    Doesn’t seem to be much movement but surely a flurry of deals is set to happen.

  4. consolsbob says:

    Bloody great last over from Stokes.
    Aussie’s need 9 off 2

  5. consolsbob says:

    Aussie’s collapse. 3 wickets in last over, only 7 runs scored.


  6. C says:

    So Navas plus 29M for Dea Gea. I guess that balances out some of that Martial deal.

  7. MesutsLeftFoot says:

    I see someone has forgotten to set there alarm today….As it seems we’ve once again slept in. I can’t say i’m not annoyed, we’ve had a fairly poor start to the season and have glaring holes and Wengers claim that it’s hard to sign players of quality this late is once proved wrong as we see Man city address their weaknesses, Chelsea invest in a CB, Man u sign a striker and Liverpool will probably invest in one or two more players. Why oh why are we always left in the dust, we needed at least 1 CDM in and 1 CF and we’ve spent the summer sitting back and then surprise surprise Wilshere is injured, Rosicky remains injured and Ozil is out with a knee problem. I think we’ve got a strong squad but lack a proper CF, but it needs additions, it’s always the same story, we’ve got a good 11 but refuse to add in players to compensate for injuries.

    Looks like a season relying on Mikel Arteta, Flamini and Coq in CDM and Giroud and Welbeck up top as CF……

  8. andy1886 says:

    Only a matter of time before a Sky reporter stands outside the Ems and a piece of tumble weed blows by.

  9. MesutsLeftFoot says:


    Yeah, in all honesty it’s not a bad deal as Navas is a good GK. Not so sure on Martiel, can’t say i’ve seen him much but they’re addressed their CF issue and we’ve not,

    I’m pretty down in the dumps, given he last two seasons we’ve taken two steps forward 1 step back in terms of progress. Sanchez, Ozil and Cech are quality additions, but once again our rivals are snapping up deals that make them better and given our weak start to the season (we’ve had giroud score 1 goal and that’s it) we’re sat twiddling our thumbs claiming there’s no quality players out there. It’s the same old story, claims we’ve got a fantastic squad and will only add quality as our rivals bring in quality then once Champions league kicks in our strong squad receives at least 2 long term injuries and we’re suddenly playing Flamini or Mikel in a midfield and wondering why we get caught on the counter.

  10. MesutsLeftFoot says:


    Probably less injury prone than mikel

  11. Ras says:

    TOTAL Madness @Man U. I said this morning let the madness commence. Truly a trolley dash purchase. This poor youth is symptomatic of LVG madness.

    I see we are not signing anybody? (Tempting faith)…..

  12. Ras says:

    Martial is not an out and out. Centre forward. He’s 19 still in development. Very quick, very good technically, can score goals. Can play anywhere along the front forward line.

  13. Highbury says:

    It’s absolutely astounding that a manager of Wenger’s stature sits by whilst the team is crying out for reinforcements. Yes, there are no world class strikers available, but there are some good enough to give us options. Why not a DM then to play with/challenge Coquelin.

  14. Jonny says:

    Let’s wait an see on the Man Utd front – I agree the money is utter madness and the risk is great but LVG must see something in the kid that he thinks is extremely exciting.

    I don’t get why he discarded Januzai so readily.

  15. Ras says:

    De Gea has been forced out because LGVs ego is to big.De Gea was their best player last season.He was easily the best keeper in PL last year.Ego’s and an ability to see players as humans is going to cost LGV his job.

    Just heard that UTD after all the spending and selling that they have a NET spend of 6 Million

    I cannot corroborate that.

  16. C says:


    Navas is a good GK no doubt about that. I think it is good for Madrid thought because Navas never played.

    Martial is good but raw and the fee paid for him is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! They haven’t addressed their striker need but then again, neither did we.

  17. andy1886 says:

    We look at the tumbleweed but it wasn’t super, super qualideee….. (but still probably more effective than Flamini).

  18. C says:

    I really do hope we sign a DM or striker because an injury to Le Coq and we are fucked.

  19. Phil says:

    Why should 20/20 be any different Bob?

  20. C says:

    Witsel and Pato/Yarmalenko or Gotze and Javi Martinez.

    Come on Arsene, make it happen.

    The matches right after the international break will be interesting…..

  21. Phil says:

    If we go with what we have, I can’t see us finishing top 2.
    If the plan was to buy, this last minute stuff is really poor management.

  22. C says:

    I know some will say that Arsene doing late business is to be expected but it isn’t good business and to be honest its a bit crazy and we end up with Kim Kallstrom and his bad back.

    Fuck I’m sounding like JJ but on this topic he is spot on.

  23. C says:

    Looks like Campbell got his wish based on reports.

  24. Phil says:

    Where is he going C?
    European leagues shut down tonight.

  25. Phil says:

    Fighting with The Pod again for a spot!

  26. Phil says:

    We could do Lukas back, considering our lack of goals.
    Just a shame he didn’t track back!

  27. C says:


    Nope, Prince Poldi leads the line for them and presumably Campbell on the left or right if he does go there.

  28. C says:


    No its more a shame Arsene wants his forwards to track back and his defenders to bomb forward. We shod have started Prince Poldi at LB, surely he can defend as well as Gibbs does.

    I wonder if that plays a part in our goal scoring struggles?!?!?:!:!

  29. Phil says:

    Thanks C,
    Should have realised you would known that !

  30. C says:


    Princw Poldi’s a favorite. In one match this season I got to see the old fiery Koln Prince back; he scored a cracker of a goal and then slapped a player on the other team after a heated exchange.

  31. MikeSA says:

    Perhaps Wenger’s reluctance is not about what he does or doesn’t promise the fans.
    Boards usually have a very different perspective on issues and performance compared to people who are more emotionally invested, or employees.
    I would not be surprised if the board has given Wenger parameters that affect his KPIs, i.e., at x level of spend, abc is expected, at y level of spend def is expected, so he has chooses what he feels comfortable with.
    Just a theory, but it might explain a few oddities.

  32. dukey says:

    I’d like to remind people that we have the best defence in the league now. sorry but Monreal is the best Left back going , ditto Bellerin at right back. Koz n gabby are two of the best CB’s. then there’s Cech…

    midfield is stocked, we even have quality out wide if wenger was to play them. its just the striker. Giroud is a tp striker he has basically a 1 in 2 which is still better then what people ewould make out with him, but if wenger just went out and got another top striker we would be completely set. still with our defence and midfield so strong I fancy our chances at the title.

  33. C says:


    Glad I wasn’t fighting thr fight alone.


    We all know there’s talent but what happens if Le Coq goes down? My only things with Giroud is that he goes missing at times in big moments and when he isn’t scoring goals everything else in his game goes missing.

  34. Moe says:

    We need cover DM as C has mentioned.

    But none of that matters because i honestly believe that’s our business done.

    I’m just looking forward to the next game after the international break.

  35. C says:


    Don’t we have Leicester when we get back? I know its not the most talented team but they work their socks and I like them. Hopefully the boys will be up for it and Arsenal will get it right tactically.

  36. Runebreaker says:

    If akpom was playing in France he would cost 37 million

  37. andy1886 says:

    Nope, it’s Stoke at home.

    If we don’t make any last minute purchases (fifteen year old Uzebekistani CM’s and the like don’t count) then I do wonder how long it will be before we hear the “spend some f*ckin money” chants if things don’t go well. You’d think that the club would have learnt from the last episode but they seem to have some form of collective amnesia.

  38. Phil says:

    Dukey, I agree with you in relation to our defence.
    And I am just as happy with Gabriel instead of BFG.
    But as we all know there is no DM cover other than Arteta.
    And let’s be honest, a striker would be an asset.

  39. Sam says:

    Martial did catch the eye against us at home in last season’s debacle, but that’s an awful lot of money and he may really feel the pressure. Keylor Navas is a good keeper so £29m + him for de Gea in his last year of his contract is a very good deal for them.
    Navas played for RM this weekend and saved a penalty. Crowd was singing his name.
    Sir Ches played extremely well for Roma too and made a wonder save vs Juventus.
    And Tommy Vermaelen scored a terrific volley for Barcelona. Good to see him playing again.
    Seems pretty sure we have no-one lined up so Wenger thinks we can get top 4 with this lot.

  40. Harry says:

    AW is in Paris sealing a 45million deal for Cavani!

    I just clicked on a Daily Star headline. Voluntarily.

    I don’t deserve to live.

  41. Phil says:

    In the real world you could be right,
    But in the Arsenal world, the Board has made it crystal clear that Wenger is in charge.

  42. Wavey says:

    Still another day left, but I think we’ve done our shopping for the summer. There may be the odd team looking to sell to recoup some of the cash they spent on players, but it’s going to be clearing out lesser lights rather than a top player on the move.
    Who is going to sell a high profile player on the last day unless it’s for silly money?

  43. Phil says:

    Particularly from the leagues who can’t buy after tonight.

  44. dukey says:

    I tell you what, i’ll hand it to you all, you’re bigger nerds then me, I have not got a fukin clue who this Martial bloke is.

  45. Moe says:


    Let’s hope so, but we both know he is going to go with the same team as always barring injuries.

    Consistently predictable, persistently stubborn and completely unaware of it.

    Arsene in a nutshell.

  46. Moe says:

    Martial is the French Akpom who was given a chance and scored a few goals.

    For 35mil.

    I don’t even bother laughing at these prices anymore.

    Any young player who can kick a ball has a starting base value of 15mil.

    A young play who kicks the ball into a net occasionally? 30mil minimum.

  47. C says:


    Your right but hopefully he will figure it out. I mean how stubborn can……o nevermind we already know.

  48. C says:

    If Arsene could pull off Cavani and Rabiot, it would restore some faith I have in the man, atleast until the matches start and I see how they were used.

  49. C says:

    So the De Gea deal could be off as both Manure and Madrid failed to get the paperwork in on time.

  50. C says:

    Take that back, it was purely Manure who didn’t get their paperwork in on time.

  51. Phil says:

    If anybody can change the rules in Spain, it’s RM.

  52. Jonny says:

    Sorry. Wat? Bellerin is he best RB in the league?

    Nacho is impressing me loads but even that is debatable, lets keep a grip on our shizzle.

    Good though Bellerin is, Sagna is still a better player and he is second choice.

    Bellerin got absolutely turned inside out by Coutinho.

    He’s going to be immense but lets not kid ourselves that he’s a Y.T.A with natural attributes.

  53. Wavey says:

    We don’t need to sign players to get top four again this season.

    We do to challenge in the league though.

    We will know the club’s true ambitions after tomorrow.

  54. C says:

    If Arsene is really in for Rabiot, it is a really good piece of business. Big, strong phyiscal lad but techinically brilliant, tough tackling but not wreckless. Still only 20 or 21 but if you have ever heard Big Al talk about q player jusy looking right, that’s what you get when you watch him play.

  55. -DFS says:

    If Arsene is in for Rabiot it will be a joke as we (purportedly) expressed interest, which waned, before he signed a new contract at PSG last year. So even if we can buy him he will be wildly more expensive than he would have been.

    This also ignores the fact Rabiot appeared determined to stay at PSG anyway, starting the season in the first team (red carded first game if I recall).

    I rate him highly but find the idea dubious so I’d love to be proven wrong.

    By the by nobody seems to have followed up on the fact the De Gea move collapsed and it seems MU might have sabotaged it by sending one vital document for reply to Madrid at 11.59pm.

  56. Brevity says:

    It seems manure have proof they sent the paperwork in time, but apparently RM didn’t see it. All seems a bit incompetent 🙂 but anyway I agree with c, RM will find a way around.

  57. Damon says:

    Got a whole browser tab just for Ornsteins Twitter feed today :-s

  58. dukey says:


    you can be the middle after the first and other middlemen and fill us all in on any rumours or deals today then.

  59. Damon says:

    I’d love to know where Arsene and Dick Laws are right now

    Still plenty of mids about, but it feels like it’s Cavani or bust upfront? Rabiot and Cavani? What would that take? £70m? 80? Do PSG even need the money? Are we worried someone out there would go for a gazzump on us? I felt United would on any CF deal, until yesterday’s silliness transpired. I think they’re done now?

  60. Damon says:

    Right now Dukey there’s some character called Ornstein in what appears to be some sort of Twitter based RPG that has more activity on it than the BBC David account. Almost funny really

    The tragedy is if nothing is happening, it’ll be silent well into the afternoon to give the appearance that they’re furiously busy on some master deal that has been spinning all summer until now. They can’t afford to front it any other way. Even if they’re all at home with their feet up and phones switched off

  61. Damon says:


    Today’s post mimicking business at AFC?

  62. YW says:

    The position of court jester just got filled…BOOOOOM! Oh…

  63. Phil says:

    Somebody at Manure should be out of a job this morning.
    Not that I give a toss

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