Arsenal fans had probably expected more from the club in terms of their transfer dealings. Despite having signed world class player like Alexis Sanchez and adding couple of solid defenders, many expected Arsenal to splash big on a world class midfielder and a striker.
Although they have signed Danny Welbeck from Manchester United on the transfer deadline day, the signing doesn’t appease Arsenal fans whole heartedly for this transfer largely smacks of a panic buy. The England international, no matter how talented he is, still represents a gamble signing from Arsenal.
The frustrating part is, despite knowing that a serious investment is required on the forward department, Arsenal left it so late to find a striker and one gets a feel, had Olivier Giroud not suffered an injury, Wenger probably wouldn’t have signed a striker at all. We all know, how stubborn he can be at times.
On the flip side, Arsenal’s major rivals like Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool have all signed top quality strikers this summer.
Bacary Sagna, who left Arsenal this summer to join Manchester City, has a lot of respect for his old club. However, he feels that there might be a tinge of frustration among the fans when they see other rival clubs are strengthening to a good extent.
He said as quoted by French newspaper L’Equipe: “Arsenal are and will remain a great team. I understand their fans might be frustrated when they see the transfers happening at other clubs.”
Sagna spent seven long years at Arsenal before leaving North London this summer. He insists that the time was right for him to make the move in order to boost his career.
He added: “It was time for me to change clubs, to boost my career. I progressed a lot at Arsenal with my teammates and Arsène Wenger. I reflected a lot on it and it was a tough decision to make mentally.”
Furthermore, Sagna feels that at Manchester City, there is a competition for places, a reason why he took this challenge to test himself even at the age of 31.
“There are differences when it comes to the city, the clubs, the climate… at City there’s more competition for spots. But it’s what I was looking for, I need it to push myself further.”
I personally think, Arsenal have done a decent business this summer, though could have easily been lot better had they signed a top midfielder and a world class striker.