The Transfer Window is done and dusted; how did your side do?
IN: Santi Cazorla (Malaga, £16.5m), Olivier Giroud (Montpellier, £13m), Lukas Podoloski (Cologne, £11m)
OUT: Alex Song (Barcelona, £15m), Robin van Persie (Manchester United, £24m), Manuel Almunia (Watford, free), Joel Campbell (Real Betis, loan), Denilson (Sao Paulo, loan), Ryo Miyaichi (Wigan, loan), Kyle Bartley (Swansea, £1m), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest, £1m), Park Chu-young (Celta Vigo, loan), Nicklas Bendtner (Juventus, loan)
If you’d told an Arsenal fan in May that both van Persie and Song would be sold over the summer, he or she would have promptly asked for directions to the nearest suicide hot-spot. But while the loss of last season’s two star players is undoubtedly a major blow to the Gunners, there’s a refreshing sense of optimism around the Emirates.
Cazorla is a fabulous player, who Arsene Wenger can build his team around, while Abou Diaby looks capable of stepping up to fill Song’s boots.
Let’s be clear: RVP and his goals were irreplaceable but in Podolski, Arsenal have signed a talented and experienced star, while Giroud is untested at Premier League level but stood out in Ligue 1. Another summer marred by losses perhaps, but Arsenal’s new-boys could yet prove great pieces of business.