This has without doubt been one of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s busier transfer windows with big names coming and going throughout the summer, right up to deadline day. Here we look at the most significant ins and outs that Arsenal have had during the summer transfer window.
1. Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona – £35 million)
The Arsenal forward has moved from Barcelona after spending several years as an integral attacking threat for the Catalan giants. Sanchez made 34 appearances in La Liga for Barca last season, scoring an impressive 19 goals as well as recording ten assists.
This scintillating form has yet to be emulated at the Emirates but after just five appearances the Chilean striker is already finding the net with two goals for the Gunners.
Despite Sanchez beginning to find his feet in England, a more central ‘out and out’ striker was what Arsenal fans were screaming for come transfer deadline and that is exactly what they got, albeit not quite one of the stature of Radamel Falcao,
2. Danny Welbeck (Manchester United – £16 million)
The best they could have asked for is the phrase that comes to mind when looking at the signing of Danny Welbeck considering how much time was left on the clock yesterday. As an out and out striker Welbeck is exactly the type of player Arsenal need to have as a more central focal point to their attacks.
However, he is not of the calibre of player that Arsenal would have hoped to buy this summer following Olivier Giroud’s injury nightmare. Edinson Cavanni and of course Falcao in recent days were tipped to move to North London but neither of these deals came through.
Welbeck should not be written off as a United reject. If he can’t get his game for United then you must look to the options they now possess – Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Robin Van Persie. A strike force any player in the Premier League would be fighting to get into.
The 23-year-old now has the chance to play a key role at one of the biggest clubs in the league and from what we’ve seen from Welbeck in the past he will prove the doubters wrong at Arsenal. He has arguably one of the best midfields in England to lay passes onto him and if he and Sanchez start to click there will be lots of goals in Arsenal this season.
3. Calum Chambers (Southampton – undisclosed)
Chambers comes in as an unknown to some extent but has proven his worth with some impressive performances thus far. He has already made three appearances in the Premier League this season as well as some solid performances in Europe.
There are still a few mistakes to cut out and some nervy momentsy (away to Besiktas in the Champions League) which must be eradicated but once this is done there shouldn’t be much to stop the young centre back from progressing his career further. One of a flurry of Southampton losses here appears to be Arsenal’s gain.
4. Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle United – undisclosed)
Debuchy comes into the team as one of Newcastle’s most prized assets last term. At the age of 29 and with a full season of Premier League experience behind him the former Lille man gives Arsenal a good option defensively particularly when considering the defenders they have lost during the summer.
Conceding 41 goals in the league last season, many of which were shipped in the big games. means it’s up to these additions to prove to Arsene Wenger that they’re good enough to compete in the Champions League and Premier League.
Other Significant Ins:
David Ospina (Nice – undisclosed)
1. Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona – £15 million)
The biggest departure this summer has been that of Thomas Vermaelen who has swapped clubs with Alexis Sanchez. Vermaelen was out injured for much of last season but Barcelona must have seen something in him to splash out £15 million for his services.
Arsenal won’t be too bothered by his departure however with the incoming Chambers, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker all showing they are capable of filling the former captain’s boots.
2. Bacary Sagna (Manchester City – free)
The 31-year-old goes to Manchester City after being an almost constant feature in Arsenal’s back four last season but with a bigger club comes more competition and Sagna has only made one solitary appearance for City during the current campaign.
It’s up to Mathieu Debuchy now to step up to the plate.
Other significant outs:
Lukasz Fabianski (Swansea – free)
Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United -loan)
Johan Djourou (Hamburg – undisclosed)
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