Barcelona’s Munir El-Haddadi has been linked with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)
#AceSportsNews – Sept.24: Arsenal were rightly castigated by their fans again over the summer for failure to bring in any new players during the transfer window.
Fourth place – again – seemingly just won’t do, and a lack of spending tends to highlight their lack of ambition, whatever Arsene Wenger or Stan Kroenke will have you believe.
Arguably the Gunners don’t even need a to sign a household name, even though Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s captures were a real filip to everyone connected with the club.
If there is to be a genuine challenge for any title, then Arsenal need to supplement those marquee signings with other talent, to freshen things up at the Emirates. And they don’t have to break the bank either.
Not so long ago it appeared that Wenger had a genuine interest in bringing Barcelona’s Munir El-Haddadi to north London.
Indeed, Metro reported in May that: ‘Arsenal are reportedly in talks to sign Barcelona star Munir El Haddadi on loan with an option to sign him permanently at the end of next season.’
Although Barca had raised the players buyout fee from €12million to €30m at the end of 2014, the likelihood is that the Blaugrana would not have stood in his way if the Gunners had been prepared to put their money where their mouth is.
After all, the two clubs retain cordial relations thanks to the number of previous transfer deals between them, Sanchez being the most recent.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to strengthen his squad (Picture: Getty Images)
The expected deal never came to fruition and now Barca seem keen to further integrate Munir into the senior set up at Camp Nou meaning another ship has therefore sailed for Wenger. That’s simply not acceptable for the vast majority.
Arsenal have done okay, if not brilliantly, since the start of the Premier League season and having the option of a hungry young player willing to learn and to serve was surely a no-brainer.
Yet the club preferred to stick with their tried and tested and as we have seen once again, Theo Walcott has added next to nothing to his natural game. A player of supposed England class but who flatters to deceive time and time again.
Where is the harm in spending what would amount to a pittance for Arsenal, to give Walcott and others a kick up the backside and some much needed competition for places?
The likelihood of Barcelona letting the player go mid-season is negligible, and if Munir has been involved as much as he hopes then he won’t want to leave the Catalans in any event. Something that was definitely on the cards a few short months ago.
It’s about time Wenger played the percentages game and brought in a few new faces rather than coasting through each season hoping that their ‘Barca-lite’ style will bring them success. Yes hoping.
Since when has that been good enough for this proudest of English clubs.
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