Sat. Jun 19th, 2021

Left out and off?

Reports from Germany have indicated that Sead Kolasinac’s move to Bayer Leverkusen have become increasingly more likely. Supposedly the Bosnian has been left out of the Arsenal squad to face Sheffield United.

Saturday’s reports that Arsenal had failed in their final attempts to land Lyon’s Houssem Aouar led to questions around the Gunners transfer policy. Arsenal have so far only been able to get financial income from the sales of Emi Martinez (Aston Villa) and youngster Sam Greenwood (Leeds United).

With mere hours left of the window an injection of funds could enable Arsenal to find the reinforcements they desperately need in midfield. Although a move for Aouar still seems very unlikely.

Kolasinac joined Arsenal on a free from Schalke in 2017. Making 78 Premier League appearances and scoring twice, the 27-year-old could fetch between €10-€12 million according to reports.

Where lies the blame?

Questions will be asked as to who is to blame for Arsenal’s poor window. Arteta and Edu have been integral is deciding and moving for the clubs targets. Especially since the departure of Head of Football Raul Sanhelli.

The aforementioned links to Aouar and also Thomas Partey have dominated the summer. With just 48 hours left and their priority target seemingly staying in Lyon alternative names have been hard to come by. Jorginho was rumoured to be an option. However, the Italian wouldn’t provide close to the creative power Arteta was craving from the 22-year-old Frenchman.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 21: Edu Arsenal Technical Director chats to Mikel Arteta Arsenal Head Coach before the Premier League match between Everton FC and Arsenal FC at Goodison Park on December 21, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

If money was the issue in the signature, fingers could point towards the ownership and Stan Kroenke. The American billionaire has not looked to add financial backing to the club which during a summer of relaxed financial fair play could be damaging.

Clubs like Chelsea, Leicester City, Tottenham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United have all invested and will be competing with the Gunners for a Champions League spot.

Enquiries will surely be made internally within the club and externally throughout the fan base if nobody else is signed.

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