Expectant Arsenal fans need not relinquish their dying hopes of making a second major summer signing just yet.
With just a few hours of the transfer window remaining, all is distinctly quiet on the incomings front as far as Gooners are concerned, with £10m goalkeeper Petr Cech their only prominent purchase so far.
However, the north Londoners have a rich history of splashing the deadline day cash, often leaving it late to do so.
The punditocracy believe the Gunners have no chance of justifying odds of 6/1 to win the title without an established holding-midfielder as well as world-class striker and the gossip peddlers, as they prepare for a four-month stint in hibernation, have today been busy linking the club to Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.
As ridiculous as it sounds, a late left-field bid isn’t out of the question if Arsene Wenger’s recent deadline-day shenanigans are anything to go by.
In three of the last four seasons the Frenchman has signed players in the final 24 hours of the window, often leaving in until the closing minutes to complete the deal.
Last year, it was Danny Welbeck who arrived at the Emirates, with special dispensation requested from the Premier League in order to finalise their £16m move for the former Manchester United striker beyond the midnight deadline.
Mesut Ozil arrived from Real Madrid in a club record £42.5m deal 12 months prior, a transfer which came just a few days after the German declared he would ‘never’ depart the Bernabeu.
There was no activity to report as the curtain fell on the summer deadline day of 2012/13 (though Wenger signed Nacho Monreal in the final moments of that season’s winter window) but there was a surge of signings on the last day of 2011/12.
Arsenal’s 8-2 demolition at Man Utd prompted the club to buy a staggering four players in the dying embers.
Andre Santos was a £6.2m addition to the blooper reel, though Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta can be considered decent acquisitions.
They also used the time to make an unnecessary move to loan Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea.