It has often been the case with Arsenal that Arsene Wenger uses the full span of the summer transfer window to get his business done and to some extent I can understand that. It is not just the Gunners either, as the last few days of the window at the end of August seems to see more players moving to new clubs than the whole of the rest of the lengthy transfer period.
The Arsenal boss will still, I am sure, be on the lookout for any late deals and he may have to leap into action if any of our key players picks up a bad injury in pre-season or the three Premier League games due to be played before the window slams shut.
But the way the fixtures have worked out could affect the manager’s usual transfer plans, because our first two games are against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester and Wenger knows they are massive games which we cannot afford to lose.
There is a very real danger of our title challenge looking over before it has begun if we lose those two early matches, so Wenger needs to have the team as strong as possible and ready to hit the ground running and that could mean him getting any transfers done and dusted early enough to get the new lads settled in before the season begins.
Our first pre-season game is against MLS All-Stars on July 28th, so can we expect Arsenal to have any and all new signings completed well before then?