Arsenal have ended the summer as the only side in Europe’s top five leagues to have not signed a single outfield player in the transfer window.
The Gunners brought Petr Cech to the club early on, but failed to follow that up with another addition to their senior squad. At times throughout the summer they have been linked to Real Madrid ace Karim Benzema, PSG’s Edinson Cavani, and Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak among others, but none of the moves have materialised.
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Their lack of investment in central midfield and in a new striker looks particularly worrying, with both looking weak in the first four games of the campaign. They have only scored three times, two of which were own goals.
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Meanwhile, Francis Coquelin has found it hard to replicate the performances of last season so far. A shocking showing against Crystal Palace in particular ended with the Frenchman lucky to still be on the pitch after several rash challenges.
It is yet to be seen whether this lack of transfer activity will affect their attempts to challenge Chelsea and Manchester City for the Premier League title. However, after seeing the latter win all four of their games without conceding a single goal and scoring ten, it certainly looks like the North Londoners could regret this decision.