Transfer deadline countdown: 5 things Newcastle and Arsenal have in common

As we head into the final week of the transfer window, Arsenal and Newcastle have more in common than a poor showing on the opening weekend of the season. Here are five more reasons why they find themselves in the same boat:

1. Both have left it late and will need to panic-buy

As the 2 September deadline draws ever nearer, it becomes increasingly a seller’s market. Club’s ramp prices up for their most in demand players and clubs still in need of strengthening need to pay over the odds as time runs out. Arsenal have experience of leaving it late, when they splashed out on Per Mertesacker and Mikel Arteta on transfer deadline day in 2011. Newcastle left it so late last year, they had to sign a flurry of players in January after making only one senior signing on the back of an impressive 5th place. Will history repeat itself on Tyneside?

2. Both are being overshadowed by their local rivals

On Wearside, Paolo Di Canio has certainly stamped his authority on his Sunderland squad after making no less than ten summer singings, including Italian international Emanuele Giacherini and USA international powerhouse Jozy Altidore. Next door to Arsenal, Andre Villas Boas has had a busy summer bringing in the likes of Roberto Soldado, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli and Etienee Capoue, breaking their transfer record twice. If Bale is sold to Real Madrid, they could expect more international quality signings in his place with names such as Erik Lamela, Fabio Contreao and Willian reported targets.

3. Both are being too frugal despite having cash to spend

It has been reported that Arsenal missed out on David Villa to Atletico Madrid by refusing to pay the extra €2.3m Barcelona wanted for the experienced frontman. Up at Newcastle, their bid for Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis has stalled because of a disagreement over agent’s fees totalling an apparent £800k. There’s an argument here that both clubs are defiantly sticking to their transfer policies.

Sadly, as time ticks on, it is just seen has greed and stubbornness by supporters. A new signing can lift a club in a way like no other and instill new belief amongst players and fans alike. Maybe both need to look at the value beyond money and revisit that old business adage – speculate to accumulate.

4. Both are missing out on signing obvious targets

Willian’s imminent arrival to the Premier League has so far been a battle between Spurs and Chelsea (which the latter look set to win). But why not Arsenal? In terms of talismanic creative playmakers that can dictate the pace and change games, they only have the option of Santi Cazorla. With a Champions League campaign all but secured, they will need to strengthen the squad’s midfield options. Wilshere needs to re-establish himself after a injury-laden two years and Arteta and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s respective injuries have made Wenger’s task even more difficult. Willian has high pedigree and would have more than suited the Gunners’ technical style.

Newcastle have been crying out for more options on the wing, having been linked with wide forwards such as Will Hughes, Tom Ince and Andre Ayew. One player they were odds-on to sign was Man City’s Scott Sinclair who has just signed on loan for the season at West Brom. Sinclair is surely in the exact mould Newcastle are looking for and would’ve added pace and excitement to the Magpies’ forward line. Yet they made little effort to sign him – a fact I think Joe Kinnear will regret come the deadline.

5. Both need a marquee striker

Newcastle have seen a whole host of reported summer targets snapped up by other clubs, including Aubameyang, Bony and Bent, and they are in a stalemate with Lyon over the signing of Gomis. Cisse desperately needs another striker to ease the burden for goals and Pardew needs more substantial options than the Ameobi brothers, after failing to see a credible replacement for Demba Ba.

Wenger, meanwhile, has so tried and failed to bring Gonzalo Higuain, David Villa and Luis Suarez. Oliver Giroud looks to have settled well at the Emirates after a slow start and finished last season very strongly. This said, Arsenal still need another out-and-out striker to compete with Giroud for the central striker position with Walcott and Podolski better suited to the wings.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal and Newcastle’s respective fans will forgive the way their clubs have decided to go about their summer transfer business. Surely the only way that will happen is with genuine quality transfer business and both chairmen will definitely feel the pressure if they fail to deliver on past promises.

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