Arsenal braced for criticism after transfer window of more out than in

Arsenal are facing criticism from their own supporters after the transfer window closed with some sections of fans feeling the club has not adequately replaced the likes of Robin van Persie and Alex Song, who both left the Emirates Stadium this summer, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Olivier Giroud, Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla did all arrive in north London but after allowing a succession of fringe players to leave the club, many on loan, Arsenal ended the transfer window with a profit. But the Arsenal Supporters Trust have criticised the club for not using the money at their disposal to improve the players available to manager Arsene Wenger.

An AST spokesman said: “Our own analysis shows the club have not used all of the resources available to them to strengthen the squad. Many of our members are extremely frustrated as they believe no stone should be left unturned in trying to make Arsenal a better team.

The AST claim Arsenal had around £50m available to spend by the end of the transfer window but chose not to do so. Wenger was interested in taking Chelsea midfielder Michal Essien on loan but did not pursue the move, with the Ghanaian moving to Real Madrid instead.

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