Arsenal: Let’s try not to push the panic button quite yet

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Arsenal fans display a message for owner Stan Kroenke prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at The Emirates Stadium on April 30, 2016 in London, England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 30: Arsenal fans display a message for owner Stan Kroenke prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at The Emirates Stadium on April 30, 2016 in London, England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) /

The transfer window has been open for quite some time and Arsenal has been linked with plenty of incomings, but nothing has happened yet.

As we inch towards the end of June, and the start of preseason, the 2019 summer transfer window has now been open for just about six weeks and rumors are starting to heat up around the Premier League. Big names have started to move, including Hazard leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid, but the only bit of business Arsenal has confirmed at the Emirates is the loan move sending promising youngster Jordi Osei-Tutu out to Vfl Bochum.

While this initial move is promising, Arsenal fans have been crying out for Sanllehi and the big shots at to do more and get deals done, whether that’s bringing talented players in through the door to fill a plethora of gaps or getting players out the door that no longer have a future at the club.

With the approach of Arsenal’s preseason American tour beginning July 16th, the #KroenkeOut tag starting to gain popularity and trend on social media, and fans worldwide starting to feel more and more unease with each passing day, let’s steady our hands and try not to push the panic button quite yet, and I’ll explain why.

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This time last year, the World Cup was still going strong and the only signings Arsenal had made were Lichtsteiner joining from Juventus on a free and Bernd Leno joining from German side Bayer Leverkusen.

It wasn’t until after the start of July that we acquired Sokratis, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo Guendouzi from Dortmund, Sampdoria, and Lorient respectively. All three of our late window signings, as well as Leno, went on to play prominent roles last season and helped fill area’s that desperately needed help.

But let’s look even further back than last summer’s transfer window. Let’s adventure five years back to when Arsenal left long-time kit sponsor Nike for their then-new kit deal with Puma, similar to their move this year with Adidas taking over the reins for the first time since 1994.

That summer saw Arsenal bring in a number of prominent names, including Alexis Sanchez, Mathieu Debuchy, David Ospina, Calum Chambers, and Danny Welbeck, who would all feature in the first team for years to come, with Calum Chambers still trying to break into the first team.

All five were signed and announced after July 1st, 2014, when the new kit deal with Puma went into effect, with the earliest signing of Sanchez happening July 10th, 2014, and the last signing of Welbeck happening September 1st of that year. Seeing that Arsenal’s deal with Adidas will be unveiled July 1st, 2019, fans can expect the majority of the Gunner’s business to be confirmed and announced on or after that date.

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With the date of the kit unveiling approaching soon, the news of Gabriel Martinelli heading to Arsenal can only give fans hope that their club’s first new signing of the window will happen soon. According to, deal of £6m was reportedly already accepted and combine that with Ituano teammate Pereira’s social post wishing him farewell, it seems Arsenal are primed to make the announcement of their first signing very soon.

Martinelli has Edu written all over it and will be the Brazilian’s first signing as Arsenal’s new Technical Director. It is rumored that Edu has already begun to delegate his work with the Brazilian National Team out to others so that he can begin to focus on his new role with Arsenal, but this brings us to another point. Edu still has his obligations with Brazil while they are competing in the Copa America, while plenty of players have obligations with their national teams in tournaments around the world.

Currently, the European U21 tournament just finished the group stages and will be moving into the semi-finals this week, concluding on Sunday. Furthermore, the Copa America, CONCACAF Gold Cup as well as the African Cup of Nations are all well underway, making it difficult to negotiate and sign any players involved in the many tournaments currently happening. Just as we saw last year with the World Cup, the most movement in the transfer window will happen once the tournaments start coming to an end.

Putting these tournaments and the past aside, in addition to Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal has reportedly placed a few different bids on some of their top summer transfer targets already. These bids include multiple attempts at Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, with the club optimistic of agreeing on a deal that will prize away the exciting young fullback. On top of Tierney, it was recently reported that Arsenal submitted a £27m bid for Saint-Etienne’s young center-back William Saliba, and are ready to launch a £22m bid for 27-year-old Torino center-back Armando Izzo.

As well as the transfer rumors about incoming players, there have been plenty of talks lately about a few players who could be leaving. One of which is our long-serving captain Koscielny whom, with his agent, reportedly met with Arsenal recently to figure out if his future was still at the Emirates.

There have also been a few players linked with a move away this summer which would anger most fans, including reports that AC Milan is trying to bring Torreira back to Italy. While we’d rather keep our fan favorites in the red and white, there is a positive to take away from all this talk and it’s that there are things ongoing in the transfer world, which is more than we can say about our recent winter transfer window.

When we take all of the above into consideration, things aren’t looking awful. If the past is anything to go off of, Arsenal fans should be expecting new players to be arriving in London very soon. We must be patient and trust that Emery, Sanllehi, and hopefully Edu are doing everything they can to turn this club around.

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But if July 16th comes rolling along and Arsenal don’t have any new players to field in Denver for their first preseason match against Colorado Rapids, then we can start to look for the panic button. But until then, let’s keep our fingers off the buttons.