Well, from a strictly Arsenal perspective, that was an anti-climax if ever I’ve seen one. The transfer window has slammed shut and as far as I and every other supporter in the world can summise, it looks as those Arsene Wenger has not made the purchase that we all thought he would. Bugger.
As time got closer to midnight the strongest rumours linked both Xabi Alonso and Miguel Veloso to the club. Although the sources weren’t overly reliable there has been a suggestion that Alonso in particular was even down at the club speaking with Wenger about a new deal. At this stage, however, we’re none the wiser.
There is of course a reasonable chance that the manager has made a signing and just hasn’t announced it yet. The window did shut at 12 midnight in the UK after all and it’s not inconceivable to think that Wenger and whoever he might have signed decided that they wanted some sleep before announcing to the world just what had gone on.
The other peculiarity with regards to a potential signing is the situation of a certain Stephen Appiah. As ‘SHARD’ cleverly pointed out in the comments of the previous post, Appiah is currently a free agent and as such is not bound by the constraints of the transfer window. Indeed, he can be signed at any time as he is not contractually bound by any club.
It might seem like a long shot, but I believe that until we hear from Wenger via the official Arsenal website we can assume nothing.
Regardless, the reaction to the lack of a signing by Arsenal supporters on this blog has been quite surprising. Some seem to think that because Wenger has failed to bring in a defensive midfielder he should be sacked. My immediate reply would be for them to grow up, but I think I’d rather speak a little more about this when things pan out a little more.
Given the disappointment that everybody is feeling at this stage I also don’t overly feel like commenting on the other news that has floating around. Instead, I’ll quickly summarise it below:
- Mark Randall and Kieran Gibbs have signed new contracts at Arsenal.
- Gael Clichy thinks Arsenal will be fine even if Wenger doesn’t buy. I don’t know how well that will go down with the masses just now, but fair play to him.
- Arsenal have signed Stephen Appiah. Just kidding. Sorry.
And that’s seriously all that’s going on.
As a final thought I want to make it clear that I – like many of you – am feeling pretty disappointed just at the moment. I really wanted a defensive midfielder to be signed and I will be quite upset if they are not. But there is really no reason getting worked up about it until we hear what Wenger has to say on the situation.
So keep the faith, cross your fingers and try not to hurt yourself. And if anything else happens I will let you know immediately. Cheers.
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