So far it’s a big fat zero. Are you confident that Arsene will spend anything? I must say I’m starting to think he might not based on some of his recent comments. But on the other hand, he’s letting players go out on loan as well as selling the underperformers, so unless we’re going back to the days of only using about 16 players in the whole season, which was the case about 40 years ago, then surely he must get some new faces in?
If not, we are a couple of injuries away from a very big struggle. I was all for getting the likes of Gervinho out of the building, and indeed the country, but I did kind of expect that freeing up their wages would lead to someone else taking their place.
I can’t believe that Stan Kroenke has ordered Arsene not to buy. I also don’t think Ivan was lying when he talked about big spending this summer, it’s just that he’s not the one signing the cheques. I don’t even think Arsene has lied about signings, I just think he won’t do anything unless it’s on his terms. I tend to think he is genuinely attempting to sign players, but doesn’t agree with the sellers’ valuations rather than the less palatable alternative: he has seen Ivan basically daring him not to spend and decided he won’t just to show him who’s boss.
The only answer to that of course is to sack Arsene, which only Stan can do. And that won’t happen this season, no chance at all. It could well be the end of Arsene at Arsenal if he spends nothing, but they’ll wait till the contract is up next summer.
So will we get signings before the season starts? Or will we start badly and get a load of signings on the last day? Or will we start well and the manager decides we need no signings after all? Or – crazy I know – will we start well but the manager thinks, ‘Hell, I’ve got £100m to spend, I may as well do something with it’ and buy some players anyway?
If I had to guess right now I’d say he will pull something out of left field and sign someone, or two, who are in the £10m-£15m range but haven’t been on the general radar. So I’ll go for a net spend of £20m. How about you?