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.
Petr Cech (Chelsea, undisclosed).
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.
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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