Arsenal’s Stumbling Transfers

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Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal

Arsenal have had a less than desireable year to say the least. With fans divided, big stars threatening to leave and no champions league football for the first time in 20 years something needed to change.

Even before the window opened Arsenal entered talks with Sead Kolasinac and Henry Onyekuru seemingly addressing a needed wing back player with a lot of a ability and a young hot prospect which Arsenal can probably take him or leave. These two signings however took a long time to get over the line with several other clubs coming interested and wanting their services, Kolasinac did get over the line with Everton managed to snap up Henry Onyekuru.

Enter into the window and Arsenal declare their interest in a lot of big named stars all which got their fans buzzing with excitement. Bids coming in for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, Monaco attacking midfielder Thomas Lemar, Leicester Magician Riyad Mahrez and finally probably the hottest prospect in world football at this time Kylian Mbappe. All of this was questioning if Arsene Wenger has ditched his traditional and yet very dated transfer mentality for a more modern direct approach.

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Kylian Mbappe – AS Monaco

Alexandre Lacazette was the first to join for a club record fee of £52.7m giving the Arsenal camp a lot of buzz, this was quickly followed by talk of Thomas Lemar becoming the next player to walk in and to even become the new club record signing. But this deal has been dragging out for a while now and seems to be slowing down which could indicate Arsenal are dropping out and to follow up alongside this there has been no real proven talk that Riyad Mahrez will be an Arsenal player next season and Arsene Wenger publicly saying he never placed a bid for Mbappe and declaring he will be staying at Monaco where does this leave Arsenal?

In the same position every window. Take your minds back to when Mesut Ozil was signed, a lot of buzz and other names being linked but he being the only real high profile player. Still don’t believe me? How about when Alexis Sanchez signed?

Arsenal and Arsene Wenger need to get some of these players over the line if they want to compete next season. Both Manchester clubs are strengthening in key areas along with Chelsea and Liverpool adding to their already talented sides. Lacazette is a great signing but one which should have been done last season Arsenal still need more if they want to even finish in the Top 4 next season but only time will tell.

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