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When Thierry Henry first came to England, he was bad. So much so that Nick Hornby once commented that his pace, which would turn out to be one of his great assets, enabling him to glide away from opponents with that astonishing grace and apparent lack of effort, actually emphasised his deficiencies because it got him in more positions to fluff a chance or misplace a pass.
Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis could perhaps take heed of this lesson and perhaps stop going on about how much money Arsenal have this year.
"Today we have more so we can spend more," said Wenger before the defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday. "It is as simple as that."
The trouble with repeating how full the Emirates coffers are is that it simply emphasises that Arsenal have spent nothing this transfer window. As I wrote earlier this summer, this has basically been a parody of an Arsenal window, promising to spend, promising to spend again before bringing in a young and injury-prone Frenchman.
"Spend some f*cking money," sang Gooners shortly after Aston Villa scored their third on Saturday afternoon, and while the voice of the people is not always to be relied upon, you can't argue with them this time.
The summer, to put things extremely lightly, has been an absolute shambles at the Emirates. If you believe these kind of reports, the word is that Arsenal basically had Gonzalo Higuain in the bag, but caught wind of an apparently favourable clause in Luis Suarez's contract (you may have read about it) and put the Higuain move on hold to pursue the Uruguayan. As you know, this clause turned out not to be as favourable as first thought, and calamity ensued. The bragging about deep pockets only served to make them look sillier.
Of course, the transfer window has a little over two weeks to run, so writing it off as a complete bust is perhaps very slightly premature. The trouble is that Wenger can only now embark on the sort of frantic trolley dash that resulted in the recruitment of Chu-young Park and Andre Santos two years ago. Desperation has set in, and as anyone who has done their Christmas shopping on December 24 will tell you, desperation is not the ideal state in which to make shrewd purchases. Sure, from that batch of signings Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta have turned out okay, but the nature of desperation is that it creates chaos - for these last two weeks, Wenger will basically be blindfolded, throwing darts at a board.
In any case, Arsenal fans will be forgiven for wondering whether Wenger is the man they want spending this apparent Fort Knoxian amount of cash. He said this week:
"If you bring me tomorrow players who are better than those we have, I promise you we will look at them, but you cannot say that (Jack) Wilshere is a super player and then ask 'why you do not buy better players than him?'"
The first thing to note is that there is no limit on the number of really good footballers a particular club is allowed - Wenger's words suggest he almost believes such restrictions have been placed upon him while nobody else was paying attention.
Secondly, few are asking for a better player than Wilshere, but they are asking for a different sort of player than Wilshere, and they sure as sh*t are asking for a better player than Olivier Giroud.
In fairness, one part of Wenger's summer task has been completed very efficiently - specifically, the trimming of his 'dead wood'. The trouble is, so much dead wood has been trimmed that the squad is now alarmingly thin, and for a club with Arsenal's over-worked physio department, this is asking for trouble.
And of course, Arsenal have started badly before and eventually did okay, but this summer of flux for the rest of the top four represented an enormous opportunity to take advantage and do more than simply 'okay'. Unless something extraordinary happens, that chance has been wasted.
Just as Arsenal's calamitous start to the 2011/12 season inspired that particular rapid recruitment drive, this defeat to Aston Villa will surely inspire a little more urgency in the transfer market.
The trouble is, would you trust the people who have shambled through the last two months to get the final two weeks right?
Nick Miller - follow him on Twitter