Here we go again. It seems only yesterday that we sat in front of our screens on September 1, hoping that Wenger would pull another rabbit out of the hat and bring in a player or two in the fading hours of the transfer window. That day, we got more and more disconsolate as time ticked on, in the realisation that those we had lost throughout the summer were not about to be replaced, and a side that had challenged so strongly for the title would have to repeat the trick with a weaker squad.
Five months later, and our fears for the season are being realised. There has been no player transformation in the mould of Flamini to compensate for the lack of arrivals, and with our form stuttering badly, and injuries mounting up, we could do with some good news. For the past month it has become clear that the only such news would be the arrival of Andrei Arshavin, who would at least pose more of a threat going forward even if he wouldn’t help shore up our shaky defence.
Today looked like the day it might finally happen, and with conflicting stories all over the place it may yet. It has been confirmed that Arshavin is in the country, but the latest story has him heading home again after we agreed neither a fee with Zenit or terms with the player himself.
It isn’t clear what is fact or fiction in this saga anymore, so we’ll just have to wait and see if something happens. But the omens are not looking good.
Keep everything you have crossed.