Wenger failed to sign a single outfield player this summerArsenal’s quiet summer transfer window was a missed opportunity and a worrying sign of a lack of ambition, according to Gunners legend Martin Keown.Arsene Wenger was only able to bolster his squad with the £10million signing of Petr Cech from Chelsea and failed to lure a single outfield player to the Emirates.Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Premier League rivals spent £870million in a record-breaking spending spree, with Manchester City alone forking out £160m on new signings.
[ad name=”HTML-1″]And several Arsenal legends – including Paul Merson – have criticised the clubs transfer policy, with some even suggesting Wenger has cheated the fans by failing to land deals.Keown, who made over 300 league appearances for Arsenal, said: ‘I feel it’s a missed opportunity – because the Premier League, without Manchester City there, is almost there for the taking.If you could put it together now and go on a run, then you can do something. Arsenal might go on a run anyway, but it’s probably unlikely.
The 49-year-old added: ‘There’s a frustration now because they had to lower their expectations because of the expenditure on the stadium – now there’s no excuse in those terms.
[ad name=”HTML-2″]‘But the top players don’t seem to be available, or Arsenal don’t want to spend those fees on those players.’Arsenal’s top goal-scorer, Thierry Henry, also believes the lack of spending at the Emirates will hinder the club’s title challenge this season.He said: ‘Right now they are already five points behind City, still have not won at home, won two games by an own goal, which is actually their best goal scorer at the moment.It does not look right now like they are going to win the league like this. But I think Arsene believes he can win the league with that team and that team is good enough. And that is his prerogative.
‘I think he should have tried to bring players and I think he did try, it could not happen, but I still think that team needed some players.’