It’s all too familiar for Arsenal fans when it comes to the club’s transfer dealings.
Initial cautious optimism is ignited by the League’s first big deal of the summer. Last year it was Petr Cech, Granit Xhaka arrived this window, sending fans deliriously excited for the season with more big names sure to follow.
The agent of a wantaway striker from one of Europe’s top clubs tells a website in Italy; “My client is not getting the chances he deserves, a move could be good for him .” It wets the pallets of fans before the real news arrives. The player’s been spotted in the airport, apparently saying he’s Emirates-bound.
Twitter goes nuts as #Welcome(insert striker’s name) goes viral. However, Sky Sports finally burst the bubble. The picture isn’t real and their sources say he’s on the verge of signing a new contract at his current club
From there, the star names linked with Arsenal dwindle until we get to where we are now, with reports claiming Arsene Wenger is lining up a £50 million swoop for Wilfried Bony and Jonny Evans.
Fans, it’s fair to say, supporters aren’t best pleased with the news.
— ShotOnGoal (@shotongoal247) August 10, 2016
Can see it now, Johnny Evans and Wilfried Bony. #afc
— The Arsenal (@COYG2806) August 8, 2016
End. Of. Days
— Le Grove (@LeGrove) August 9, 2016
Bony to arsenal better be a joke
— Teebex (@TeeBex_IYF) August 10, 2016
Bony to Arsenal? pic.twitter.com/8N6Dt5D8y2
— Chris McHugh (@McHughvius) August 10, 2016
— Ryan Duran (@n9nth_wonderr) August 10, 2016
? Man United sign Paul Pogba
? Man City sign John Stones
? Arsenal open talks with Jonny Evans pic.twitter.com/Yk7J2ypWvi
— Football Stuff (@FootbalIStuff) August 9, 2016
Arsenal fans when Man Utd sign Pogba, Man City sign Stones…and they're linked with Jonny Evans pic.twitter.com/W1w8XoyMjA
— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) August 9, 2016
— Dövid G (@Greatgooner) August 9, 2016
We've got no top centre forward or centre backs in place with just a few days before the season…absolute shambolic management #wengerout
— Gooner Adam (@AdzCampbell91) August 9, 2016
Improves team ❌
Resale Value ❌
— Lord Gooner (@lordgooner8) August 8, 2016
If this reaction is anything to go by, Wenger will be met with a caustic reception when he strides out onto the field this Sunday after another dreadful summer window.
Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena