Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are close to a new signing following their stalemate with Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Laurent Koscielny was back for the Gunners at the back and his partnership with Rob Holding saw the Gunners iron out a majority of their defensive problems which they encountered against Liverpool at the Emirates.
The Gunners had the majority of the possession but struggled to create openings as Leicester kept a good defensive shape and tried to play on the counter. Alexis Sanchez started up front with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott either side of him. Santi Cazorla replaced Aaron Ramsey as the number 10 while new signing Granit Xhaka came in place of Mohamed Elneny alongside Francis Coquelin.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere was caustic among Arsenal fans who were urging Wenger to spend in the market, having made only two first team signings thus far. The north London club are close to completing a deal for Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and the Arsenal manager confirmed that they were indeed closer to ending their impasse in the market.
"Yes we are close," he told BT Sport, as quoted by Goal. "But I would say spending in itself is not a quality. Spending and buying the right players is a quality. I am a bit fed up to always respond to the same things. We look and analyse absolutely everything and we have to make the right decisions."
The result meant that the Gunners have accumulated only a solitary point from their first two games, in stark contrast to the Manchester clubs and Chelsea who have won both their games leading to next week before the international break. The Gunners were able to welcome back Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud, who came on late in the second half and are likely to start when they travel to Watford for their next game.