By Tony Attwood
Of course you’ll know the major tales of comings and goings, and you’ll know that our transfer budget was supposed to be so small we could hardly afford anyone at all. But strangely that appears to have been an invention by an over eager accountant.
Gabriel Martinelli, Forward
From Ituano for £6m. He’s 18, Brazilian, and can play at number 10 or on the wings. Although on the surface he is a classic “one for the future” he already looks far more than that. And we might perhaps remember Guendouzi who the boss knew from PSG, and who came as an unknown (at least in the UK) from Lorient and turned into a terrific player last season.
Dani Ceballos, Midfield
From Real Madrid on loan. Loans can work out or not, as we have seen, and they are always a gamble. If a loan goes wrong for Arsenal everyone makes a mega fuss and claims Arsenal are the laughing stock of football – or if not Arsenal then certainly the manager. But if a loan goes bad at another club, hardly a word is said.
He’s 22, and played 35 times for Real Madrid in the past two seasons, and has been given Ramsey’s number 8 shirt.
William Saliba, Defender
From Saint-Etienne with a loan back deal.
Paying £27m for a player and then loaning him back for a year sounds unusual and a bit risky – plus rather annoying for all those people who claim that Arsenal need a new defence en masse. But if he has been identified as the player we need, plus there are guarantees in the contract (as there will be) about what happens if he gets injured, then this could be a dream signing.
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It may have been set up initially as part of the arrangements concerning Koscielny with one year left on his contract, or the arrangements may have been made because he simply needs more experience, given that he only played 16 times for Saint Etienne last season.
And the arrangements help us see how things work out with the returning players in defence such as Bellerin, Holding, Chambers and Mavrapanos.
From Lille – a winger
This is the one that will forever be known as the transfer that caused (or should have caused) huge embarrassment to the likes of Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, Arseblog, Black Scarf Movement, The Gooner, Le Grove, Redaction, You are my Arsenal, 7am kick off, and the rest, who together all suggested that Arsenal’s transfer funds were limited to £40m and the club was going down hill.
He’s come in for £72m, joining a forward line that was already the third highest scoring team in the league last season. We were 16 goals behind Liverpool last season, so that ought to be his target.
And those who have left
Danny Welbeck, released. No news where he is going. Does anyone know?
Julio Pleguezuelo– to FC Twente on a free.
Stephan Lichtsteiner – released at the end of his one year contract. No one seems to have signed him so maybe he has retired.
Cohen Bramall – released. He came from non-league football, and although he didn’t make it with Arsenal he has found a new club in Colchester United which must be better than working on an assembly line.
David Ospina – transferred to Napoli for £3.5m.
Jordi Osei-Totu – loaned to Bochum of the German League, where he joins ex Arsenal man Thomas Eisfeld.
Aaron Ramsey – well, you know about him. The contract ended and he left for Juventus on a free – probably when the manager learned he could get Ceballos at least for a year.
Bayli Spencer-Adams – released to Watford on a free.
Daniel Ballard — to Swindon Town on loan.
Vontae Daley-Campbell, sold to Leicester City. He’s 18, and the fee has not been released but is said to be around £12m.
Charlie Gilmour released to Norwich City.
Ben Sheaf loaned to Doncaster Rovers.
Xavier Amaechi, sold to Hamburg.
Krystian Bielik, sold to Derby for £7.5m.
Takuma Asano. He’s been loaned out year after year, but now has finally been sold to Partizan Belgrade for £1m.
If I have missed someone, please do write in although preferably without telling me I am a total idiot for missing whoever it is I have missed.