What are Arsenal waiting for? While some of our rivals are strengthening their squads, the only exciting news at the Emirates is Peter Hill-Wood handing over the chair to Sir Chips Keswick. Will it make any difference? Probably not: the chairmanship of Arsenal seems more symbolic than functional.
So let’s see what our Premier League rivals have done or are likely to do on the transfer front:
Man U: The champions have brought in Guillermo Varela, so they’ve not sat on their laurels.
Man C: Fernandinho and Jesus Navas plus a new manager (Manuel Pellegrini)! Sounds like they mean business!
Chelsea: Schurrle’s signing has not been confirmed yet, but with Jose Mourinho back at the helm they’re going to be tough to beat next season.
Arsenal: erm, well, we’re working on it…
Spurs: major exodus going on, with talk that Defoe’s leaving.
Everton: expect a load of Wigan players to turn up at Goodison Park and Fellaini to leave.
Liverpool: Kolo Toure’s arrived on a free and there are some big deals expected to go through shortly. However, their best player (Luis Suarez) could leave.
So, it looks like the top 3 are in danger of pulling away from the rest of us. Once again, we could be in a 4-horse race for fourth with Spurs, Everton and Liverpool. That appears to be the extent of our ambition, unfortunately.