Arsenal supporters have reacted angrily to the lack of signings made by the club during the transfer window, requesting the club stage a "full review" into their summer business after big hopes manifest in just the sole acquisition of Petr Cech. The Gunners made one first team addition during the off-season and were the only team in Europe's top five divisions to not sign an outfield player.
While Premier League title rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United were three of the four highest spenders in the window, the North London club dithered and failed to reinforce their midfield and attack using their cash reserves of £138.8m ($212m). The club have failed to score a goal at home so far this season and already trail leaders City by five points after just four games.
The Arsenal Supporters Trust (AST) hold a 4.5% stake in the club, behind majority shareholders Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, and pledge to "promote the interests of supporters who own shares" and "facilitate wider supporter involvement in the club". AST regularly scrutinise the club in Q&A sessions during annual general meetings but have made the decision to criticise operations within The Emirates Stadium and demand a full-scale overhaul.
"Arsenal are in a strong financial position and it is of course disappointing that transfer window has closed with just signing of Cech," the statement posted via the AST Twitter account read. "Arsenal have built a strong squad and just one or two more good additions would have strengthened the chances of winning a first title in 11 years
"No one wants Arsenal to buy players just for the sake of it, but we do want to see the money being invested to make the club stronger. This isn't an issue that affects just one transfer window and seems to indicate a wider structural issue
"In recent years Arsenal have overhauled both their Academy and their medical set-up. We urge the board to now open a full review into its arrangements for scouting and purchasing players.
"A review of this type is a good governance practice & can only help Arsenal to become a stronger club. Now that the window is closed the squad is as it is. Arsenal have a strong squad that has recently won silverware and we urge all fans to get behind the team over the rest of the season."