After an 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United in the third week of a young EPL season, reporters went as far as asking longtime Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger if he was set to retire.
Rather than retiring and returning to his home country of France to party with Jay-Z in Saint-Tropez, he got busy adding players to a team in desperate need of a lift. Before the transfer window closed on Wednesday, Arsenal purchased:
- German center back Per Mertesacker (from Werder Bremen)
- Brazilian left back Andres Santos (from Fenerbahce)
- South Korean striker Park Chu-young (from Monaco)
- Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta (from Everton)
Also, Chelsea agreed to loan Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun to the North London club until the end of the season.
After so many additions, Gunners fans, playfully known as the “Gooners” for their die hard loyalty, won’t put up with anything other than a top 4 finish in the league.
The culture of Arsenal fans might not be to expect big name signings, but rather they expect to keep the young talent they’ve developed. They haven’t liked the losses of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas. Maybe these recent signings will give the Arsenal faithful new hope.
Additional sources: Grantland.com, http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/football-league-blog