Arsenal fans hopeful of another marquee Mesut Ozil-esque signing on transfer deadline day by manager Arsene Wenger were left cursing the Frenchman on social media instead.
A fan posted a picture of Wenger at London's Heathrow Airport, as details emerged that he was on his way to Rome to referee the "Match for Peace", aimed at promoting inter-religious peace through sports.
You can't be serious. Wenger off to Rome on a Charity event. Sorry Arsene but my needs are bigger than theirs today. pic.twitter.com/dcX6NZ4Xga
— Monreal's Left Foot (@SwooshGunner) September 1, 2014
Stars such as ex-French international David Trezeguet and Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo were also expected to attend.
With an injury to main target man Olivier Giroud ruling him out till next year, many feel striking reinforcements are a top priority for the Gunners, who were frustrated in a 1-1 draw away to Leicester City on Sunday.
Manchester United's surprise signing of Colombian forward Radamel Falcao and Chelsea's capture of QPR striker Loic Remy further rubbed salt into Arsenal fans' wounds, given that both players were previously linked to the Emirates.
Judging by the backlash from fans online, many were not amused.
Wenger did say he'd be "very active" on deadline day. But I didn't know he meant physically active by refereeing a charity match.
— ArsenalFanTalk (@AFCFanTalk) September 1, 2014
Maybe Wenger is gone to Rome to get Gervinho back.
— Kevin Sheedy (@KevinSheedy28) September 1, 2014
Wenger going to Rome. Hope he stays there.
— Alen (@AlenAFC_) September 1, 2014
BREAKING NEWS: Arsenal are unable to get hold of Arsène Wenger in Rome as he is refusing to pay for data roaming.
— Johnathan Joseph (@DJSpoony) September 1, 2014