It is bad enough for Arsenal fans when there is a transfer window open and we have to wait and wait without the club spending money while Arsene Wenger gives a gallic shrug of the shoulders and tells us that he really is working hard but there is just nobody out there, except that all of the other clubs in the Premier League and around Europe seem to be able to track down these shy and elusive creatures called professional footballers.
But there have been even worse transfer windows for us Gooners in recent years when the clubs that have no problem spending their money came along and cherry picked our best players. At the minute I think Arsenal are at a crossroads where we could press on and improve the already strong side into a great team or we could start to see our best players leave to join other clubs with more ambition.
Two of the prime candidates for that are Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez and both Arsenal stars will have just two years of contract left in the summer, so Arsene Wenger and the board will try to get them to sign extensions. In a Sky Sports report the boss declared his confidence that this would not be a problem even if the season ends in disappointment, but I am not so sure and I think the Frenchman knows that he needs to convince these Arsenal stars that they have a real chance of winning things with the Gunners.
Wenger said, “That will be done in the break, in the summer. There is nothing [at the moment].
“I am confident they are happy and would want to stay. They have two years left on their contracts. They look happy. When I talk to them they are happy and they want to extend their contracts so I don’t think it is a problem.”
But we have already heard our German play maker talking about the need for transfer action in the summer and the burning desire of Alexis to win things is well known, so will the contract talks with these two players, along with the protests and demands from the fans, force Wenger to spend big?