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Arsenal At Risk Of Letting Another Transfer Window Pass Them By

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at July 26, 2021

In more than one sense, last season was one to forget for Arsenal. While they found some consistency in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign, an eighth place finish barely represented progress for Mikel Arteta and his players. With this in mind, the 2021 summer window took on added importance.

For Arteta to truly make his mark at the Emirates Stadium, he needed this window to be a busy one, both in terms of incoming and outgoing transfers. Arsenal don’t have the financial backing of some of their Premier League

rivals and so it was always likely that they would have to sell to buy in the market.

But with the start of the new season just a few weeks away, Arsenal have only made two new additions for a combined £23m. Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares have both been signed to offer the Gunners depth when Arteta needs first team figures who can deliver immediately and push the club back towards the top of the English game.

Most worryingly, Arsenal have struggled to move on players. Matteo Guendouzi has left for Marseille, but the French midfielder was already out of sight, out of mind having spent last season on loan at Hertha Berlin. William Saliba, another player who had become a forgotten figure in North London, has also joined Marseille.

The release of David Luiz has surely freed up some salary space, but Arsenal have made next to no progress in selling players they deem expendable. Granit Xhaka looked set for Roma, but talks between Arsenal and the Serie A outfit have reportedly broken down. Hector Bellerin has been linked with Inter, but no deal is believed to be close. 

Alexandre Lacazette is reportedly available for the right price, as is goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Yet Arsenal have yet to sell a single player for a transfer fee this summer, and this has hindered the incoming signings they have made. The latter cannot happen until there is some movement on the former.

Ben White is expected to complete a £50m move from Brighton this week, but that money, reportedly, is to be made up through sales between now and the end of the summer window. If White is Arsenal’s one marquee addition before the start of the 2021/22 season, Arteta is going to be limited in what he has to work with.

This summer window should have been a transformative one for Arsenal. It might still prove to be, but they have left themselves a lot of work to do in the final month or so. What’s more, making signings this late in the window denies Arteta the chance to embed them before the start of the season. At this point, the Arsenal boss will have to fly the plane while still building it.

With every season Arsenal spend outside the English soccer elite, it becomes more difficult for them to claw their way back. Arteta was appointed to change the culture at the Emirates Stadium, but has so far been denied the resources and the tools to allow him to do that. Arsenal are at risk of allowing another transfer window, and potentially another season, pass them by.


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