Even the Arsenal fans who can count themselves part of the ‘Arsene Knows Best’ group of Gooners were left scratching their heads when the summer transfer window came and went with a whimper once more, despite the revelations from the likes of the member of the Arsenal board Lord Harris that Arsene Wenger was sat on a huge mountain of cash.
And if we were left a bit bemused at the manager´s failure to sign a single outfield player, the only Premier League team not to do so, then the football media including former Gunners like Thierry Henry were even more critical of what many called the stubbornness of Le Prof.
That attitude is slowly being shifted though, and a report in The Mirror today that has extolled Wenger´s transfer plans and called our summer one of stability rather than one of lost opportunity. The report also talks about how the experience and ability of our only signing Petr Cech looks to have been the perfect addition to an already strong squad.
We have certainly been seeing the benefits to players like Gabriel, Walcott and Coquelin of having faith in them and not bringing in more competition and we saw another Gunner in the shape of Joel Campbell grab his chance to impress with both hands at the weekend, so did Arsenal and Wenger get the summer transfer business spot on?
Or are we still just an injury or two from seeing this early promise fizzle away?