The mid year transfer window opens on Saturday with Arsenal in a condition of disarray.
European clubs have spent the most recent month wrapping up arrangements to get new players as soon as possible before the pre-season.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been intensely hoping to strengthen their team for the coming season.
However, Arsenal’s effort to make up the ground they lost as they dropped down to fifth last season have so far been a struggle.
At this point, they are very almost falling further behind their rivals, with a few senior players making moves to quickly leave the club.
After losing the Champions League, the Gunners are aiming to sign Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe on the other hand, has no interest to move and Monaco demanding offers in excess of £100million still won’t persuade them to sell.
Monaco are additionally finding it hard to manage another French target, Thomas Lemar, and it’s likely that Arsenal would have to accept defeat in their efforts to sign the midfielder.
That leaves just Alexandre Lacazette staying off the initial three picks, however Lyon may have to accept a £50m offer, the striker is not excited about joining a club out of the Champions League.
With the way things are right now, the Gunners team will report for pre-season training one week from now with only one new face – Saed Kolasinac, marked on a free exchange from Schalke.
On the other hand, City have signeded Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson to strengthen their team, with a couple more deals that needs to be finalized.
Chelsea are very nearly reporting the captures of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco and Alex Sandro from Juventus.
United have sprinkled out on Victor Lindelof, with deals for Alvaro Morata and Nemanja Matic likewise in the pipeline in the coming days.
Rather than being certain with who he is working with, Arsene Wenger doesn’t know which of his old team will be with him for the begining of the season.
Alexis Sanchez, their best player by far, appears to be making a way for Manchester City after refusing to make a deal with Gunners.
Hector Bellerin is being pursued by Barcelona and finding it difficult to turn down the advances of his previous club.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also weighing his options, uncertain whether to remain at the Emirates with interest from Chelsea and Liverpool among others.
Striker Olivier Giroud still needs to be persuaded that he has a consistent part to play in Wenger’s side before he consents to remain for another season at the club.
What’s more, Forwards Theo Walcott and Lucas Perez could likewise be pushing for a move, requiring standard starts to help them play in next summer’s World Cup.