An in depth look into who went where during the very active transfer window and who did the best and worst business this summer.
The losses of, arguably, their two most influential performers (Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri) coupled with the realisation of just how threadbare their squad was, sparked Arsenal into a late flurry of transfer activity. No fewer than five players arrived in North London before the 11pm deadline, in a last ditch attempt by Arsene Wenger to bulk out squad, and get the increasingly angry fans off of his back. The defensive issues have been addressed with the arrivals of 6ft 6” centre-half Per Mertesaker who will add real physical presence to the Gunners back-line, and Brazilian left-back Andre Santos will address the full back issues. Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta, from Chelsea and Everton respectively, have been brought in to add creativity to the midfield, while South Korean captain Park Chu-Young undoubtedly adds experience to the front-line. Away from the deadline deals Gervinho could prove to be Arsenal’s best piece of business, and the £12 million addition of 18 year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proves that Wenger still has a soft spot for young talent. However, despite the additions and another good financial window for the North Londoners they have undoubtedly lost a lot of quality.
Best Business – Gervinho – Ivory Coast attacker arrived from Lille and looks to be the real deal, Wenger cannot get him back from his suspension quick enough.