After winning the FA Cup two seasons in a row and building some positive momentum, Arsenal had the chance to really kick-on this summer.
This is an opportunity Arsene Wenger has well and truly wasted though and James Taylor of Bookiepromotions.com believes it will cost them the Premier League and Champions League.
Arsenal have a good squad. A fantastic squad in fact. They are packed with young talent, world-class talent and a lot of players that could walk into many sides across Europe.
They are far from the finished article though and in the summer of 2015, they had a massive platform to build upon. It was one which could make them genuine title contenders again.
Things got off to a good start. They signed Petr Cech from Chelsea and finally had the No.1 they have craved for many years.
Now, perhaps Wenger got a bit dizzy from all the praise, but he went missing for the rest of the close season. The keeper was in, now surely time for a big presence in midfield and top class striker?
Arsene? Arsene? Are you there?
Karim Benzema was the big name linked and he’d have made a huge difference. Instead of Olivier Giroud – who can be very hit and miss – they’d have a No.9 that could take them to new levels.
You do get the feeling that the opportunity was there to get the France international too. Clearly not completely settled at Real Madrid – a big, confident and early bid from the Gunners could have got him.
Instead though, Wenger waited and waited. The fans of the club grew more frustrated and as is often the case, the angrier they got at the lack of activity – the more stubborn the boss became.
It’s a strange trait of the Gunners’ manager. He doesn’t like being told what to do and, much like many of us in everyday life, you tell him to do one thing and he’s more likely to do the opposite.
So, the Arsenal fans – and many football experts – wanted the club to sign the dominant presence in midfield and to go big on a top class striker.
As we now know though, Cech was the only signing of the summer. This made the Gunners the only team in Europe’s Top 5 leagues to not sign an outfield player. They probably had the most to spend too.
To add insult to injury, Danny Welbeck has been ruled out until Christmas. Interestingly, this was held back as news until after the window closed – making the Gunners’ fans even more angry.
Wenger has been great for English football. He’s made a fantastic club even better over the last several years and they do have a brilliant side.
Frustratingly though, they are still two signings away from being a major force across all competitions. Everyone seems to know it, apart from one stubborn Frenchman!