Disgruntled Arsenal fans planned to voice their discontent at the club’s transfer inertia in the form of a protest outside the Emirates Stadium, said the Independent this morning.
The radical Gooners demanding changes at the top were thwarted not by police prevention, but by the activists’ failure to attend their own demonstration.
Arsenal were the least active team in the Premier League during the summer transfer window, making goalkeeper Petr Cech their sole acquisition.
No other side in any of Europe’s top five leagues failed to add at least one outfield player to their ranks, but supporters of the north London outfit must be familiar with their club’s small scale shopping sprees by now.
The Gunners have frequently been found loitering towards the lower echelons of the least prolific purchasing tables, but it’s yet to compromise their ability to achieve seasonal objectives.
In fact, in two of the previous three campaigns prior to this, no team has bought fewer players than Arsenal and they actually improved their league placing in one of these.
It was the 2014/15 edition, when themselves and Chelsea each signed five players apiece.
Arsene Wenger’s side wound up third after finishing fourth 12 months prior and successfully retained the FA Cup, while Chelsea won the title after claiming the bronze medal in the same season.
In 2013/14 it was Newcastle fans left seething by their team’s unwillingness to invest, with two players, only of whom was fit for first team inclusion, arriving at St James’ Park that summer.
It was largely thanks to the exploits of this solitary notable signing, loan acquisition Loic Remy, that the Magpies jumped from 16th to tenth under Alan Pardew.
The Toon had added just one body to their first-team roster a year earlier too, though three further development squad signings meant they surpassed Arsenal’s three buys by one.
Having finished third in 2011/12, the Gunners will have felt a touch frustrated at coming fourth in 2012/13, but, ultimately, being the least active team in the transfer market didn’t cost them their Champions League place.
In the most recent seasons, those who have made minor tweaks to their team have gone on to improve and after landing third-place last time around, Arsenal’s 6/1 to win the Premier League shouldn’t be discounted.