And if they hadn't been signed, the cracks would not have been papered over and the full, long-term rebuild might have commenced earlier. Probably helps that Kronke has sole ownership now too. Auba is completely different. He wanted to move to Arsenal to make a step up from Dortmund. Özil and Sanchez were no longer wanted and viewed Arsenal as a step down from Real/Barca.... Same with Pepe. I never said the problem was the money spent on the players... Elneny and Xhaka aren't good enough/suitable for the level... Torreira, Guendouzi, Laca, Auba, Leno, Tierney, Saliba, Pepe are good enough, and many of them can improve at Arsenal... How did Liverpool and Sp**s improve? Did they go and sign players from Barca and Real Madrid? Nope, they signed players who were hungry to better themselves through the move.