The simple answer is NO.
It seemed so obvious to everyone at the beginning of the summer what The Arsenal transfer plan was.
Get in a left back in Saed Kolasinac, sign Alexandre Lacazette. Secure a bit of magic in Thomas Lemar. And then either get in a new centre back or central midfielder. Maybe get a in a top young keeper to eventually take over from Petr Cech.
Secure Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on new deals.
Then release the dead wood.
Szczesny, Debuchy, Jenkinson, Chambers, Gibbs, Wilshere, Campbell, Perez and Sanogo. Maybe even Walcott and Coquelin if we got the right players in.
Kolasinac was a good early signing. But the only other deal we have done since is for Lacazette. Taking into account the Frenchman was about to join Atletico Madrid before their transfer ban, we got lucky with that one.
We then spent the summer failing to sign Thomas Lemar. The deal seems to be dead and there seems not be be a back up plan. Weren’t we speaking to Riyad Mahrez’s people earlier in the summer? Or Julian Draxler? It is like we put all the eggs in the Thomas Lemar basket.
Meanwhile other potential targets are joining other clubs – such as Seri to Barcelona. It is becoming increasingly obvious that our transfer deals are done.
And then we have the outgoings.
Debuchy, Chambers, Gibbs, Wilshere, Campbell and Perez are still out the club. Whilst we could only loan out Jenkinson.
And we have ended up selling Gabriel. Whilst he has never quite settled in the UK, surely selling him was not part of the pre-season plan?
And then over the weekend, it seems like Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mustafi are ok their way out of the club.
This was never the plan. To lose two senior centrebacks, leaving us to rely on Mertesacker, Holding and Chambers.
There is still a week to go in the transfer window, but by tomorrow we could find ourselves with 3 points from 3 games.
We are without a plan in the transfer market. We are underprepared once more for the season. And there is just one man to blame. Dithering Wenger.