As the circus of transfer deadline day quietly rolls out of town, it looks as though things are starting to get back to normal - but perhaps they never really changed at all. After a frenzy of panic buys, transfer requests and last-minute deals, a comforting cloud of familiarity has certainly settled over north London.
Once again Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has seen his own brinkmanship backfire, and once again, with painful predictability, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side look a few players short of a genuine title challenge.
Some things in football never change. As the seasons tick by, players continue to appeal for throw-ins knowing full well they should go the other way, conning referees who continue to receive more abuse than any man should have to put up with;
Only this time, neutral Premier League observers and Arsenal fans alike, thought it would be different.
Last season appeared to be something of a coming-of-age for Wenger's side, as they cast aside their frailties, particularly away from home, and began to get results against their title and top-four rivals.
This was rounded off with an impressive dismantling of Aston Villa in the FA Cup final, before the transfer window was kicked off with the sensible and astute signing of goalkeeper Petr Cech.
Hopeful murmurs could be heard around the Emirates. Perhaps this was the year. Buoyed by the apparent intention of the manager to solve problem areas with decisive transfers, Arsenal fans looked forward to the potential arrival of a striker to act as competition for Olivier Giroud.
Maybe they'd be spoilt and Wenger would also bring in an upgrade on midfield hard-man Francis Coquelin. Whispers of Arturo Vidal began to surface; a player sure to bring some steel to a team full of charming young men you'd happily take home to meet your mother. The possibilities were endless. Arsene was about to get his wallet out...
But whispers they remained. Arturo Vidal left Juventus for Bayern Munich, Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto headed to Atletico Madrid, i
Whether naive, bold or simply stubborn, Wenger ensured Arsenal were the only side in Europe's top five leagues not to sign a senior outfield player.
Only time will tell if his faith in the current squad will be rewarded with fine seasons from the likes of Chamberlain, Wilshire and crucially, Giroud. Several Arsenal players certainly have the potential to light up the Premier League this year.
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