So the summer transfer window closed on us for another year. Now we can all relax and stop speculating and talking about who should arrive at the Emirates…at least until January rolls by!
A lot of Arsenal fans (including myself) were calling on Arsene Wenger to sign some players this summer, especially after the departures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Na$ri, as well as a poor start to the Premier League campaign.
Well, I think it’s fair to say that the Gunners have been very busy this summer.
Between June 1st and August 31st, Arsenal managed to tie up 31 deals in total – acquiring 8 new recruits (one on loan). 12 players have left the club, while another 10 have been shipped out on season-long loans.
Here is a summary of Arsenal’s transfer activity during the summer transfer window:
Gervinho from Lille (£10.7 million)
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Southampton (£12 million + add-ons)
Park Chu-Young from Monaco (£3 million)
Andre Santos from Fenerbahce (£6.2 million)
Carl Jenkinson from Charlton (£1 million)
Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen (£8 million)
Mikel Arteta from Everton (£10 million)
Joel Campbell from Deportivo Saprissa (undisclosed fee)
Yossi Benayoun from Chelsea (season-long loan)
Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona (£34M + add-ons)
Samir Nasri to Man City (£23 million)
Gael Clichy to Man City (£7 million)
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas to Ipswich (£1 million)
Emmanuel Eboue to Galatasaray (£3 million)
Armand Traore to QPR (undisclosed fee)
Gilles Sunu to FC Lorient (undisclosed fee)
Denilson to Sao Paulo (season-long loan)
Joel Campbell to FC Lorient (season-long loan)
Henri Lansbury to West Ham (season-long loan)
Kyle Bartley to Rangers (season-long loan)
Carlos Vela to Real Sociedad (season-long loan)
Wellington to Levante (season-long loan)
Nicklas Bendtner to Sunderland (season-long loan)
Pedro Botelho to Rayo Vallecano (season-long loan)
James Shea to Dagenham & Redbridge (season-long loan)
Samuel Galindo to Gimnastic De Tarragona (season-long loan)
Mark Randall to Chesterfield (free)
Kerrea Gilbert to Yeovil (free)
Roarie Deacon to Sunderland (free)
Thomas Cruise (free)
Jamie Edge (free)
So in total, if I’m not mistaken, Arsenal spent approximately £50.9 million on their new arrivals, whilst recouping £63 million on player sales (excluding add-ons of course).
So, are you happy with Arsenal’s transfer activity this summer?
Did Wenger get it right in the end, or could he have done more/better with his resources available to him?
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