Finally, we’re here. The days leading up to the transfer deadline are painful, with rumours flying around left, right and centre, and barely a transfer being completed as most clubs wait for the final evening.
Today, it all gets resolved, one way or another, and unlike some deadline days, there are likely to be some big money moves, the two likeliest being Robinho and Berbatov. As far as Arsenal are concerned, we’re all simply hoping for another body in central midfield.
But it isn’t easy. There is no one stand out signing that we all think should be made. Alonso isn’t the terrier that many want, and I suspect the desire for his signing is borne only out of the desperation for anyone to arrive rather than logic saying he is the answer.
I would be surprised if midnight came without a signing though, and if that happens it won’t just be the fans who are disappointed. Wenger himself will be – he said after the first Twente game that he intended to bring someone in, and again this weekend indicated that he is working hard on it. If no new faces arrive, it won’t be for the lack of trying.
I missed out covering the two cup draws this week. The Carling Cup draw is annoyingly familiar, as we seem to play Sheff Utd every year, but at home it should be a great run out for the younger players, while the Champions League draw isn’t actually that bad. Sure, trips to Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev are long hauls, and Porto have the experience, but we avoided Bayern Munich and Zenit, the two most dangerous floating sides, and we should easily have enough to go through.
But back to today, and don’t panic if nothing happens by 6pm. It rarely does.
It could be a late night.