Wednesday 24 January 2018 / 02:45 PM


If you were watching transfer deadline day closely, you’ll know that Arsenal made fools of themselves again, trying to sign Thomas Lemar and failing.

We’ll come back to that in a minute, but first things first: let’s revisit how Arsenal finished the season.

In fifth. Without Champions League football. For the first time in about 20 years.

It was the Gunners’ lowest point for quite some time, tempered only by an excellent result in the FA Cup final.

Despite that win at Wembley, what everyone agreed is that Arsenal needed some serious investment – they needed to get back up to the top table, and in order to do that they needed to spend some money.

So they did. After a fashion.

After spending big on Lacazette, nothing really happened.

Until deadline day. When Wenger’s side tried and failed to sign Lemar from Monaco.

And why did they fail? Because Lemar didn’t want to join Arsenal.

And despite admitting that this was the precise reason for Lemar not becoming a Gunner, Wenger has now said that they’ll be back in for him in a future window.

Rather than just being honest and saying that the move for Lemar on deadline day was a move of desperation, borne out of a summer of inactivity and a need to placate fans who are quite rightly furious with the club’s nosedive, Wenger has confirmed the validity of it, and stood by it.

And how much were they going to spend? €100 million.

On one player. An attacking player, of which they already have a plethora.

Without being funny, to me it is clear that Arsene Wenger has completely and utterly lost the plot.

Not only does he sanction a barmy and unnecessary move for a player in a positive that they are already well catered for, but he then stands by it.

For the sake of Arsenal fans’ sanity, it is time for the Frenchman to go – will the board be brave enough to do what needs to be done?

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