By the time I came to actually writing this article, in comparison to when I thought up the title, I had fully expected Gonzalo Higuain to be an Arsenal player by now. Gunners fans are undoubtedly concerned that the Argentine international is yet to arrive in North London, with reports from Madrid insisting Real President Florentino Perez is yet to actually receive a formal bid for the 25 year old.

But in some ways, it makes this article easier to write, as it centres around Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy. Earlier in the season it was announced that the Gunners gaffer would be handed £70million to invest in new players and propel the club back towards the Premier League title race, whilst the potential sales of Gervinho, Bacary Sagna, Marouane Chamakh and Andre Santos would add further revenues to spend on reinvigorating a stagnating squad, and the departures of Denilson, Andre Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci would free up a troubling wage bill.

It’s all good news in theory for Arsenal, with this summer for many reasons marking arguably the most important transfer window at the club throughout the last decade. A Gunners fan will tell you that Wenger is on the cusp of turning it all around – he’s accepted that you can’t win the Premier League title, or even auxiliary silverware, by spending £10million here on Mikel Arteta and £10million there on Olivier Giroud based on one season of noteworthy success in the French top flight, whilst at the same time, he’s understood that spending an overzealous fee can have subliminal and psychological effect in a positive sense, even if some number-crunching analyst points out it’s not cost-effective.

But are we yet to actually see Wenger take on board any of this season’s criticisms? It may be early in the transfer window, but Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have all made substantial ground, whilst the Arsenal boss has made just one acquisition from his favourite recruitment pool – Yaya Sanogo, from Ligue 2, for free.

If there’s one player who sums up Wenger’s transfer policy since their last title win, The Invincibles’ unbeaten domestic campaign in 2004, its Sanogo. I’m not suggesting the France U21 international doesn’t have the potential to be a good player, whose transfer is undoubtedly a sensible piece of business, but is another unproven teenager what the squad needs this summer?

I’m sure at some point Arsene Wenger will break the club’s record transfer fee amid the current off-season, which currently stands at just £16million for Santi Cazorla. If it won’t be Higuain, and his proposed £23million deal, it will be another striker with a similar price tag. Wayne Rooney remains the obvious candidate, whilst the Gunners’ apparent pursuit of Luis Suarez I personally find rather difficult to believe.

My hunch is however, that the purchase of a new, proven centre-forward will be where the Gunners gaffer decides to draw the line. If we look at his previous history in terms of signings, the last purchase to exceed the marketing norm was Sylvain Wiltord at a fee of £13million, which wouldn’t be eclipsed at the Emirates for the next eight and a half years.

Arsenal fans will point out that the situation is different now – spending as a means to succeed has become compulsory over the last decade at the Premier League’s summit, whilst Arsene Wenger’s plan of making his club almost entirely autarkic and self-sufficient on their youth products has failed, and the apparently impossible-to-overcome burden of a new stadium has now been fully paid off, despite the fact the Gunners’ pre-tax profit continually grew in this period, from 2002 to 2010, freeing up the club’s finances to invest in a cast of continental talents.

But old habits die hard, and Arsene Wenger is hardly known as a man who is always keen to change his ways for the better. Wenger’s monolithic approach to management appears to be centred around determinedly sticking to his own philosophies and principles, compromising only when he has to. His rumoured spat with Steve Bould over the first team’s defence is a prime example, whilst the board must also take a share of the blame for failing to challenge Wenger’s methods and ethos, despite the club’s continual decline. At one point it seemed the Frenchman would be forced to spend this summer, with his job on the line after a lukewarm at best campaign, yet the board have now offered him a new contract, amid their perpetual fear of change.

Similarly, it wouldn’t be the first time the Gunners boss has sugar-coated a message for the Emirates faithful. In January, he promised a striker and turned up with occasional Spain left-back Nacho Monreal, and the summer previous he promised a viable replacement for Robin Van Persie, and turned up with Olivier Giroud.

Would it be that inconceivable if Wenger spent around £25million on one player, and then reverted back to making £10million acquisitions to address other departments of the Arsenal roster that require improvements? The North Londoners have already been linked with the likes of Sebastien Corchia and Etienne Capoue, and although both are decent footballers who can claim impressive 2012/2013 campaigns, they won’t be pushing the club back towards the Premier League title race any time soon. The same can be said for Swansea’s Ashley Williams, who is regularly rumoured to be on his way to the Emirates, but would bring no substantial improvement to the Arsenal backline.

The fan base has dreams of Marouane Fellaini, Stevan Jovetic or even Christian Benteke arriving at the Emirates this summer, but I firmly believe Arsene Wenger will come up short, and once again maintain the damaging ideology that he knows best when it comes to all things Arsenal.

Even if I am wrong about the Gunners manager’s intentions, he is still yet to overcome the most important hurdle. The transfer of Gonzalo Higuain must go ahead, or failing that Wayne Rooney’s, or else, even if Wenger plans on bringing in players of the calibre the fans are desperate for, they will be repelled by the club’s inability to make star signings, and opt for domestic or European rivals who are moving in a promising direction.

My advice to the Arsenal faithful is quite simply not to get your hopes up. Once again from Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, we’ve heard a lot of talk, but are yet to see any action.

Will Arsene Wenger fully commit in the transfer market this summer?

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  • Foxy
    2 years ago

    Great and a very true article. I have supported Arsenal since the 70’s going with my Father for years then on my own with mates till a semi pro football career only enabled me to watch on TV. I turned down a season ticket in the summer of Cesc and Nasri rumoured to being sold because I knew Le Prof would sell and replace with dross. The club have came out and said it can compete with Europes best transfer wise? Only we are stuck with a stubborn manager who’s beliefs are years out of date and he is too powerful in the club so nobody challenges his poor record? I stated with friends over 4 years ago that we will NEVER win another trophy with Wenger as Manager and I stand by that statement. I look in hope on a daily basis in the hope that Higuain Fellani, Cesar or in fact any established internationals will sign and I am proved wrong and Wenger realises the squad is nowhere near good enough to challenge for the league. Some hope! Wenger signing for another 3 years? Great!! that will be 11 years without a trophy and if the better players have any sense they will move to be successful. Wenger out for me and get someone in who isn’t afraid to spend some money.

    • antiwenger
      2 years ago

      u hav spoken my mind mate.wenger is jus too stubborn,he has refused to learn frm his past mistakes n i dont think he wil ever change.i used to think the problem lies with the board bt no the problem is wenger.i see the same thing happening nxt season,out of all competitions by feb n battling for a top four spot with empty promises of a summer of spending.the man himself once said that a top four finish is a trophy so mayb according to him has bin winning us trophies

  • kgun
    2 years ago

    Dude, wtf? In Arsene we trust. I firmly believe HE is the right man to take us forward. Yes its seems like we are destined for mediocrity, but only a fool would right off our chances now When arsenal eventually destroy everything in their path, and reclaim England’s throne, with le prof at the helm- all the fickle cretins will change their tune. Mark my words.

  • Anabelle
    2 years ago

    Dear Worried Arsenal Fans: Don’t despair. Who cares about Higuain, when you can get big signings like Garreth Barry and Ashley Williams.

    Forget the fact that your club completely ignored Mario Gomez and David Villa.

    Also, to top it off the good news, there’s no risk of your players being poached this season. None of them are coveted by superior teams.

  • Doug
    2 years ago

    This article is reality. If this transfer period passes without a couple of big signings it seems a certainty that there will NEVER be a big signing while Wenger is in control. The big problem this causes is that Arsenal will continue to bleed its best young talent, who want to win things, AND no great players will want to come to Arsenal. To deny these facts requires an extra thick pair of Rose Colored glasses. Thinks need to change at Arsenal. What is the definition of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  • anthony
    2 years ago


  • joe71
    2 years ago

    I support KGun. Keep the faith , in Arsene we rust…I mean trust. We have already bought the next Henry in Sanogo, so we do not need any more strikers. Once we get Barry £2.5m our business will be done for this years’ transfer window. Diaby will be back in December, do a double Vieira and take us to the treble. we will eclipse the invincibles by winning every single game we play, Giroud will prove to be better than RVP and score 5,678 goals this coming season.

  • jodav2012
    2 years ago

    that man called Wenger is crazy. he’s a player discoverer player buyer. i am very sure he is gonna end up this transfer market with young starlets of £2-5m. he always negotiate, bid but failed we fans. since he has cultivated the act signing kid player, how many of them deliver at emirate?
    This should be warning to both footballfancast and givemefootball to stop deceivivg u. because i read last week that Higuain was on his way to north london, of which o read now today that the reals president has not accept the former Arsenal bid.
    which one is lie and truth from these liars. To hell with liars.
    Mr Wenger which one are you bid on now? you better go brazil football academy to sign starlet. useless!