Given that the summer transfer window is shorter than previous years, many may have thought there would be a flurry of early business: that has not been the case.
Arsenal’s signings so far consist of Leichsteiner and Leno; both are likely to bolster the new boss’s backline options significantly.
Meanwhile, Ospina seems on the way out and Wilshere has already flown the nest.
Although Wilshere has a lot of potential, I don’t think he’ll realise it unless he moves abroad; a move to West Ham won’t be the dream deal he craves, but he may not have multiple offers on the table. Should he move there, though, he could team up with his former team-mate, Fabianski, who served up a lot less decent performances in an Arsenal shirt.
Interestingly, Jonny Evans has been snapped up by Leicester. The long-term Arsenal target could have strengthened the Gunners defensively.
However, the big name who really slipped through Arsenal’s fingers was Mbappe. His name may sound like a pop song, but he could have been an amazing signing, judging by his exploits in the World Cup with France. As per usual, Arsenal baulked at paying an extra £7m to get the transfer over the line. This parsimonious attitude needs to change if Arsenal are serious about competing at the top.