After a shocking start to last season, when Arsenal lost at home to Aston Villa, launching a furious reaction towards Arsene Wenger from the fans, everything changed. Aaron Ramsey left us all with our mouths hanging open with his form and goals, Wenger did the same by smashing the club’s transfer record for Mesut Ozil, and the Gunners stormed to the top of the Premier League table.
But as the January transfer window loomed, injuries were ravaging the Frenchman’s player options. Then we lost Ramsey and Theo Walcott before the new year and all of us expected the boss to sign some players in January, even if they were only short term solutions. There was Dimitar Berbatov, but we passed on the Bulgarian, as everything seemed to be pointing towards the stellar signing of another Germany international.
But Julian Draxler did not arrive from Schalke and Arsenal ended up with just one little known, and amazingly already injured, central midfielder. Many fans think that Wenger’s failure to act in the transfer market cost Arsenal the title, and there were rumours that he had baulked at the price tag for Draxler, but it seems not.
The Daily Mail have reported that the player himself vetoed the move to north London. The 20-year old wanted to stay with his Bundesliga club, and says he will do for at least one more year, as he really learns his trade before moving to a bigger club.
Draxler said, “In January there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay. I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke.”
So maybe we should be a little more understanding of Wenger and hope he has more luck in the coming season and transfer windows.