The transfer window has been a funny one for Arsenal when you consider the financial restrictions that the club is allegedly under.
But there comes a time when one needs to be realistic.
The Daily Star, yeah I know, have run a headline claiming that we are set to battle it out with Tottenham for Dani Ceballos, who will cost £45 Million.
That is never going to happen for a whole host of reasons that is simply not worth getting in to apart from one, which is the focus of this article.
Arsenal cannot compete with Tottenham financially.
They can outbid us at will, we may not like that truth but there it is nonetheless.
They are not under financial restrictions at all, they made a mini fortune from their Champions League run, they have not spent a single penny in the last two transfer windows and the sort of player they are being linked with far surpass the value of the players we are apparently being linked with.
The thing that is most irritating is that us Arsenal fans accept this but for some ridiculous reason the media think we are idiots, what other reason would they believe they can splash headlines across their pages claiming that we are in a battle to sign a player that would cost us 100% or more of our transfer budget?
When I see headlines like that I basically ignore them and it is not just the usual fodder from the tabloids, have a look on google and see for yourself the so-called credible and respected sites and news outlets that make the same outlandish claims.
The bottom line is we are no longer in a position to compete with our bitter local rivals in the transfer market financially no matter what the media would like to make us believe