After 31 days of transfer speculation, rumour and conjecture, February has arrived and the transfer window has slammed shut – at least until the end of the season.
Last minute deals were sought, much needed replacements were brought in, while other protracted deals fell by the wayside and failed to materialise.
The total spending of Premier League clubs came in at £120 million, not a large amount in contrast to other windows, while there were certainly no £50 million splurges ala Chelsea and Fernando Torres on January transfer day 2011.
Overall it was a fairly ordinary window – particularly for Arsenal. Despite being linked with a handful of players throughout the January month, only one new signing arrived; Nacho Monreal of Malaga.
While Arsenal needed a new left-back with Kieran Gibbs out injured, it certainly wasn’t the marquee signing fans had hoped for.
What Arsenal needed the most was a world class goalscorer (or two), a midfield enforcer in the mould of Patrick Vieira, another winger and perhaps one more centre-back.
Neither of the above arrived, and with the Gunners seemingly incapable of beating the top sides in the league these days (they lost to City and Chelsea and drew with Liverpool last month, have been beaten by United) you can’t help but worry about Arsene Wenger’s men this season.
Whether or not they manage a top four place at this point in time remains to be seen.
Here we take look at the 5 players Arsene Wenger could (and perhaps should) have signed but didn’t.
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This article was first posted on February 1, 2013