It’s done, it’s finally over. The Summer Transfer window is officially closed and Arsenal have completed their business, at least they’d be hoping that they did.
All the speculations, links to major talents and the rebuilding project under Mikel Arteta took shape during the summer transfer window. In what was an eventful window for the Gunners, Arsenal spent a massive £149m on six new signings, making them the highest spenders of the summer transfer window across Europe.
The Gunners secured a deadline day deal for Japanese defender Takehiro Tomiyasu from Bologna for a fee of £15.5m. However, there were questions raised on the signing being a panic buy. Panic buy or a clever move could only be determined by how he performs in what is seen as a very crucial season for the North London outfit.
Nevertheless, Tomiyasu might turn out to be an excellent signing for the Gunners because of his versatility. He can play as a right-back as well as a central defender, but it remains to be seen how Mikel Arteta uses his quality to bring out the best of him.
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Young talented players made their way to Emirates this summer under the Mikel Arteta project
Right before the summer transfer window began, there were positions in which Arsenal needed backing. They were on the lookout for new faces in RB, CB, AM, GK & forward positions. It all started with Arsenal getting Ben White from Brighton for a fee of £50m.
It was evident that if Arsenal are to get any better, they needed a good centre-back to solidify the backline. So, they made a move on the highly-rated young English defender from Brighton. Though the question remains whether the player will be able to perform to the demands of the team as they have had a pretty rough start to the season and the defence was the clear weak link in Arsenal’s poor display.
Arsenal also completed the signing of Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on a permanent deal. The Gunners paid £30million for the attacking midfielder, ensuring that Arsenal will have a creator in their team which was missing since the departure of Ozil and Aaron Ramsey from the club.
Martin Odegaard's return to Arsenal has been confirmed by @FabrizioRomano.
The Norwegian will join on a five year contract for a fee of just under €40m.
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) August 18, 2021
Odegaard did show signs of great potential during his short loan spell at Emirates. It was clear that Mikel Arteta was highly impressed with the Norwegian’s talent and technical abilities, making him his transfer priority for the summer. This prompted the club to make a move for the player and secure him permanently.
Besides spending heavily on these two signings, Arsenal also made clever deals for players like Nuno Tavares from Benfica for £6.8m and Sambi Lokonga in a £15m deal from Anderlecht. Another big move was the signing of a new shot-stopper in Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United, which cost them £24 million. With no proper backup goalkeeper and rumours of Bernd Leno leaving, signing the English international was more of a necessity. Moreover, it will keep the German international on his toes, or perhaps, Ramsdale could become the new No.1 at the club soon.
OFFICIAL: Emile Smith Rowe has signed a new Arsenal contract 📝
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— Goal (@goal) July 22, 2021
While Arsenal may have been spending big money in the summer transfer window, they also succeeded in tying their key players on long-term contracts. Emile Smith Rowe, the new No.10 at the club, has been in bright form and is seen as a flag bearer for the Gunners in near future. The young attacking midfielder signed a new long-term contract with the club which will keep him at Arsenal until 2025.
Another one was Granit Xhaka which came as a big surprise to the supporters. The player was heavily linked with a move to AS Roma this summer, but it looks like the manager had big plans for the Swiss international. Xhaka signed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until 2024 with an option to extend for another year.
What should we make of Arsenal’s summer transfer window
For a long time, Arsenal supporters have been demanding for the club to spend big money in the transfer market to secure new talents. Finally, they did, with the Gunners being the highest spenders in the summer window, more than any other Premier League club or any club across Europe.
Now, one would argue that Arsenal were unable to get the likes of Lukaku, Jack Grealish, or Jadon Sancho, all of whom made the switch to other Premier League clubs. With Arsenal, it’s not the same as the club don’t have any European competition to offer nor they are an established team at present in the Premier League against the likes of Man City, Chelsea, United & Liverpool.
What Arsenal are trying to do is bring in young and high potential players and develop them at Emirates. The big signings have not worked so far for them and perhaps, Mikel Arteta wants to have a different approach towards the team. Remember, Arsenal struggled to offload the players who were not wanted by the club and there has been no resale value for them.
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Only Joe Willock’s move to Newcastle saw them cash in £25m. So, even if the young players struggle to make their mark at Emirates, they are potential assets to the club which in future make things bright for Arsenal in their chase of new players.
Considering all aspects, this was a good summer transfer window for Arsenal, even if the majority of fans would not agree to it. However, the club did fail to offload the likes of Sead Kolasinac, Rob Holding and Mohamed Elneny, who are deadwood for the club.
Arsenal will now hope to bounce back from a poor start to the Premier League season. After spending such a large amount in the transfer market, Mikel Arteta will be under great pressure to yield results and failure to do so will raise questions on his credential and risk his job.