The summer transfer window closed last night and with no transfers on deadline day, like last year, many Arsenal fans have been left possibly a little bemused of the lack of activity by Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal board this summer.
Despite signing Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla early on in the window, after losing Robin van Persie and Alex Song to Manchester United and Barcelona respectively, some of the Arsenal faithful will feel a little disgruntled and ask why the club didn’t manage to sign at least one of their reported targets, such as Rennes’ Yann M’Vila.
Between June 1st and August 31st, The Gunners managed to tie up 14 deals in total, 17 less than last year – acquiring just three new recruits.
Six players left the club, while another five have been shipped out on season-long loans.
Here is a summary of Arsenal’s transfer activity during the summer transfer window:
Santi Cazorla from Malaga for £16.5 million.
Lukas Podolski from FC Koln for £11 million
Olivier Giroud from Montpellier for £13 million
Alex Song to Barcelona for £15 million
Robin van Persie to Manchester United for £24 million
Kyle Bartley to Swansea for £1 million
Henri Lansbury to Nottingham Forest for £1 million
LOANS OUT (season-long loan)
Joel Campbell to Betis
Denilson to Sao Paulo
Ryo Miyaichi to Wigan
Park Chu-Young to Celta Vigo
Nicklas Bendtner to Juventus
Gavin Hoyte to Dagenham (Free)
Manuel Almunia to Watford (Free)
So in total, Arsenal spent approximately £40.5 million on their new arrivals, whilst recouping £41 million on player sales, thus making a profit of £500,000.
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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