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Arsenal Transfer Round-up – Are Gunners justified for their anger after another dull window?

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Not known for their big money spending, Arsenal continued their legacy with a calm and dull transfer window. They lifted their second FA Cup in as many years last seasons and Arsene Wenger seems to be happy with the squad he has at his disposal for the new season. He has not really made impact buys in the window and has not lost a lot of players to other clubs.

Though it might look like a confident move, the fans of the club were frustrated with the lack of activity in the transfer window especially after all the other clubs in the league added significantly to their squad. Wenger however, rates his squad highly and will be backing them to provide another successful season for the London-based franchise. 

Transfer Round-up

Ins:

Petr Cech (Chelsea, undisclosed).

Outs:

Ryo Miyaichi (St Pauli, undisclosed), Semi Ajayi (Cardiff, undisclosed), Abou Diaby (Marseille, free), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Ipswich, loan), Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill (Swindon, free), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray, (£1.8m), Yaya Sanogo (Ajax, loan), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham, loan), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Chuba Akpom (Hull, loan), George Dobson (West Ham, undisclosed), Isaac Hayden (Hull, loan), Serge Gnabry (West Brom, loan), Gedion Zelalem (Rangers, loan), Jon Toral (Birmingham, loan), Josh Vickers (Swansea, free), Daniel Crowley (Barnsley, loan), Renny Smith (Burnley, free), Emiliano Martinez (Wolves, loan), Wellington Silva (Bolton, loan).

The only purchase of the summer for the Gunners has been Petr Cech from Chelsea. Cech who has been with the Blues for a long time now seemed unhappy with the likes of Courtious in the ranks and decided to make a switch to Arsenal where he has taken over the no.1 spot ahead of Ospina. Cech is a well-established Goalkeeper in the Premier League and acquiring his services at a time when he is at the peak of skills will only improve the confidence in the Arsenal squad.

Cech saves a close range strike from Christian Benteke of Liverpool 

However, he had a torrid start to the season costing his team all three points in the first game of this season. But he came back strongly and showed his mettle when he save two points against a Liverpool team that looked better on the day at the Emirates. The fans will be happy with this signing but will be asking his manager why he did not add to the squad even a single outfield player.

Wenger also wanted to complete a couple of signings on the dead line day. He wanted to swoop Edinson Cavani and Adrian Rabbiot from PSG on the last day, but the deals fell through and Arsenal were left with only a single signing in the whole window.

The club, however, has sent many players out of the club either on loan or on a sale.  Abou Diaby went to Marseille on a free transfer and Lukas Podolski joined Galatasaray for less than 2 million. Sanogo, Jenkinson, Szczesny have all left the club on loan and will play elsewhere for the season. Serge Gnabry joined West Ham on a season-long loan from the Gunners.

The club has not lost players who were significant last season and Wenger will be wary of the fact that he needs to get the best out of his team this season if he wants to compete for the top spot. However, the start to the season has not been something to be proud of. They lost a game drew twice and were only able to win one game in the first four of the season and will need to comeback strongly after the break so they will not have to play catch-up for the rest of the season.

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Arsenal recorded a brilliant 0-2 victory against Manchester City during the weekend, reviving their top four ambitions. Although the Gunners did manage a clean sheet, keeping Sergio Agüero and co. at bay, they have face a struggle on the defensive front. Arsenal have already secured the services of Polish teenager Krystian Bielik, and are linked to two defensive recruits in today’s round-up

1. Winston Reid stalls over new contract amidst Arsenal talks

West Ham centre-half Winston Reid has made his intentions clear to join Arsenal, if the Gunners come knocking for his services, reports Mirror. The 26-year-old, whose current contract with the Hammers expires in the summer, is adamant moving to The Emirates, and does not want his current club to deny a ‘dream move’. The New Zealander was excluded from the starting line-up in Sunday’s 3-0 win over Hull after refusing to sign a new contract-extension. The Hammers are fetching at around £8million for Reid, while Gunners insist on paying no more than £4-5million. West Ham have lined-up Nigeria international Azubuike Egwuekwe, in case Reid opts to switch across London.

2. Villareal defender Gabriel reveals Arsenal talks

Villareal defender Gabriel Paulista’s agent is in talks with Arsenal over a possible move, according to The Guardian. The Brazilian, along with Mateo Musacchio have formed a formidable pairing at the heart of the defence, which has seen the Yellow Submarine go unbeaten in the league since early November. Performances like these have alerted Arsenal, who are in for a defender, and Gabriel has revealed that the Gunners are interested. “Whether I go to Arsenal or stay at Villarreal, I won’t lose my head. I’m very calm. My head is at Villarreal and I’m very focused. My agent is working on making sure I continue being calm.” He said. Villareal are also interested in loaning Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell from Arsenal, which might work as a possible sweetener in any deal to bring the Brazilian to London.

3. Coquelin to be offered new deal

The Guardian also suggests that Arsenal are in talks with young Frenchman Francis Coquelin. The 23-year-old was loaned out to Charlton Athletic in November, but injuries to midfielders Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey saw his loan-spell cut short, and has become an indispensable unit in Arsene Wenger’s midfield since. The former Freiburg loanee was particularly impressive in Arsenal’s 0-2 win over Manchester City, prompting the Gunners to tie down the midfielder to a long-term deal which expires in the summer.

4. Wenger rules out signing Khedira

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out making a January move for Real Madrid outcast Sami Khedira. The German International, who was a vital cog in Los Blancos’ Champions League winning campaign last season, has become a bit part player since recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in November 2013. The Gunners were linked with a possible move for the 27-year-old, but Wenger has now claimed he doesn’t intend to sign a defensive midfielder, claiming he has ‘internal solutions’, referring to the rejuvenated Coquelin. The Frenchman, talking to Daily Star said,“Having to find solutions internally is a blessing.

“And at the moment it works well.”

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