So, it looks like we’ve done our business for this summer, and it’s not been a bad window’s work.
The early signing of Xhaka, plus the revelation which is/was Rob Holding, a couple of promising youngsters in Nwakali and Asano, then the major signings of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez.
Rob Holding impressed in our pre-season games and played really well for the first team, in at the deep end, so a great buy for the future.
Nwakali won the World Cup for Nigeria U17s, winning player of the tournament, Asano dazzled in the Olympics over the summer. Asano is off to Stuttgart, Nwakali to our pre-season friendly opponents FK Viking, also on on loan.
Mustafi and Perez were both finally announced yesterday, the medicals and necessary paperwork all done, in a £50m double pre-deadline deal combo. Both are expected, along with Xhaka to become regular first team selections, so despite the departures of Arteta, Flamini and Rosicky, we find ourselves much stronger now for the rest of the season.
Only negative slant on the window, is that it could be seen as disappointing we didn’t hit the ground running on day one with new signings. We were woefully short against Liverpool, forced to cope without our Euro 2016 participants, especially at the back, and we find ourselves already making up ground.
Anyway, with that aside, a great window for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal, plugging all the holes we needed to plug and still with key players to return from injury. Ramsey and iWobi, short term, Gabriel mid-term, Per Mertesacker long-term, and Danny Welbeck back around next-summer-end-of-term.
As for the TDD outs, there’s the shock move by the club, putting Jack Wilshere out there, available to loan, with an incredible 22 clubs interested in signing him. Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Watford look favourites at the moment, family reasons cited as his reasons for staying in London/the South, to help his England career.
Serge Gnabry looks like he’s off to Germany, for a paltry £7m to Werder Bremen to be announced this afternoon, and there could be other departures today for some of our younger, fringier players, such as Akpom, Sanogo and er.. some others, most probably.
Who knows, there could yet be a shock buy from Wenger later on, but sadly, unless he’s wrong for the first time, David Ornstein has said there are to be no more incomings.
Article Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 12:47 PM
|Author: Ian H.
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