The excitement of England participating in a World Cup lasted all of eight days, with Roy Hodgson’s men crashing out at the group stage for the first time since 1958.
And that has left supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern with no alternative but to look ahead to the new Premier League season, and Arsenal fans have started worrying about their transfer business once again.
This was supposed to be a summer of major incomings at the Emirates Stadium, and whilst the World Cup has seen everyone take a step back to enjoy the tournament in Brazil, Gunners fans do not want a repeat of the last two transfer windows.
Reports continue to link Arsene Wenger with just about every top player in Europe, with a reported move for Mario Balotelli taking up most of the column inches at present.
The Italian failed to do England any favours yesterday – and missed out on that kiss from the Queen he had been hoping for in the process – but that still hasn’t stopped the Gunners showing an interest.
But with Arsene Wenger’s recent history of targeting top players, only to miss out in embarrassing fashion – Arsenal fans have been preparing themselves for the worst with regards to the former Manchester City striker.
With that in mind, we have identified five potential alternatives for the Gunners to take into consideration.