It was another entertaining transfer window for Arsenal fans for both good and bad reasons.
Good, because they did actually sign some players with Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Perez and Granit Xhaka amongst the biggest imports. But also a bad window as it seemed yet again the Gunners left it late to actually sort any business.
The Gunners fans were left frustrated by Arsene Wenger’s and the board’s seemingly reluctance to spend money on players until the very last minute leaving the supporters to think Mustafi and Perez in particular were last resorts.
It remains to be seen how they do, Mustafi is still a German international after all and Perez scored one in two last season for Deportivo but the sense of what could have been will take a long time to dissipate.
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So with that in mind, Arsenal fans, here are SEVEN players you should have signed in the window…
The French international would surely have joined the Gunners had they just tried to sign him instead of mucking about.
Eventually Lyon got bored, who can blame them? And kept hold of their star man to see him score a hat-trick on the opening day of the French season.
There’s no doubt the Gunners would have challenged for the title with him in the side but it wasn’t to be.
It looks like Daniel Sturridge is going to find first team football very hard to come by this season under Jurgen Klopp if the opening few games are anything to go by.
The striker has been a peripheral figure so far this season when on talent alone he should be starting so Arsenal should have really tried to nab him.
Like with Lacazette he’d have helped a title charge but the Gunners missed the boat.
Nacho Monreal looks set to be the Gunners’ left-back once again this season and it’s anyone’s guess why. He’s an all right player but he doesn’t exude world class, and there are better left sided defenders are out there.
Rodriguez is just one of them and it’s a real shock the Gunners, nor no Premier League club went for him. He has a great left foot and attacks and defends well – a missed opportunity.
Arsenal have gone for Mustafi and whilst he’s a decent defender he’s still not going to completely solve the Gunners’ defensive issues.
Looking at the squad, only Laurent Koscielny would arguably get near their title rivals teams so they really should have gone for Gimenez.
He’s been part of one of the meanest defences in Europe at Atletico Madrid and would have boosted Arsenal considerably.
The Greek international and AS Roma player is another centre-half the club should have looked at getting in.
He’s played in the Champions League with the team from the Italian capital whilst he’s also helped them challenge for titles in Serie A.
Arsenal need that experience still on the pitch after all these years and again they haven’t really signed anyone with it.
The Gunners have let Jack Wilshere go out on loan to Bournemouth but haven’t got a player like him in their team now.
Aaron Ramsey is the most similar but still cannot glide past a player like a fully fit Wilshere and that needed to be addressed by Wenger.
Yes, Wilshere didn’t look like he’d play much this season but he’s still one of their most talented so they should have signed Almiron as a contingency plan if Wilshere moves on permanently.
Past Petr Cech the Gunners are shaky at the back. If Cech gets injured or even has a drop in form David Ospina is hardly an inspiring back-up.
Wojciech Szczesny may never play for the club again and past all of the possibilities the facts are that Cech is going to be gone soon anyway.
The Gunners should have got his replacement in Timo Horn now to save them being held to ransom in the future.