Where Were You?

If you have been on some lovely, no gadget, tech deprived sort of vacation somewhere in the Planet in the last few weeks, then you probably missed some of the most nail-biting show of transfer businesses. So before Arsenal’s Matchday 5 fixture away to Manchester City, let’s sum up all the deals the board has managed to do in the transfer window that has just closed.

The international summer transfer window finally closed at exactly 11 pm – 05 -10-2020 on Monday night and it was quite a very interesting transfer window for major European teams across the world, with a lot of teams strengthening their squad depth for the upcoming season.

Our beloved Arsenal team was not left out as Mikel Arteta and Edu, who are now both directly in charge of overseeing transfers of players, ensured that various positions in the team that needed to be sorted out were duly attended to, at least as an upgrade from last season’s performance.

First was the Arrival of free transfer, Willian from Chelsea on a 3-year deal. After that, the center back position saw a new addition in Gabriel Magalhaes, a £20 million signing from Lille.

Next up was another season Long-loan deal for Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid for the second time. Then, it was another one-year contract extension for David Luiz, the Brazilian who was also signed last season from Chelsea. But I feel that one of the biggest deals so far for the Gunners was being able to tie the talismanic skipper and star striker, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, to a new improved 3-year deal at the club.

The striker was in the final year of his previous contract and his desire to pen a new deal with the club was never in doubt but with major teams across Europe looking to strengthen, it was a worrying situation for the Gunners’ supporters. However, Captain fantastic signed a new deal with us.

Then there was a tussle for who is to be the number One Goalie at Arsenal between Bernd Leno, who was used for the most part of last season and was very impressive prior to his injury, and Emiliano Martinez, who deputized gratefully for the injured Leno. Martinez was in goal for both the FA cup final triumph and Community Shield victory against Chelsea and Liverpool respectively at Wembley. Martinez felt he needed a more game time heading into the new season. However, Mikel Arteta’s clear choice was Leno, and as such Martinez was sold out to Aston Villa for a fee of around £20 million, which led to the replacement signing of Alex Runarsson from Dijon for a £1 million fee.

Mohammed Elneny returned from his loan spell with Besiktas and has so far proved Vital to Mikel Arteta’s plans. Then there was also contract renewal for teenagers Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka and also the full capturing of Cedric Soares from Southampton.

It is Partey Time

Thomas Partey Time Arsenal

The best deal for the Gunners came on the transfer deadline day when Thomas Partey was signed from Atletico Madrid after the Gunners paid his £45 million release clause in his contract. Thomas will wear the No 18 shirt.

The news came as a surprise to many including the manager of Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone, who felt that the transfer happened so fast, and in fact, it was a race against time to complete the deal before 11 pm on deadline day, a deal that also saw the Uruaguan, Lucas Torreira heading the opposite direction on a season-long loan deal. Also, club outcast Matteo Guendouzi was signed on a season-long loan deal by Hertha Berlin in Germany. What a busy summer of transfer activities.

Arteta on Thomas Partey...

“We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high-quality player to our squad. He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years. We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.”~ Mikel Arteta

SUMMARY

TRANSFER IN

1. Willian Borges da Silva

Chelsea – Free transfer

2. Gabriel Magalhaes          

Lille – £20 million

3. Dani Ceballos

Real Madrid – Season-long loan

4. Alex Runarsson

Dijon – £1 million

5. Thomas Partey

Atletico Madrid – £45 million

TRANSFER OUT

1. Henrikh Mkhitaryan        

AS Roma – Free transfer

2. Konstantinos Mavropanos

VfB Stuttgart – Season-long loan

3. Emiliano Martinez    

Aston Villa – £20 million

4. Matteo Guendouzi          

Hertha Berlin – Season-long loan

5. Lucas Torreira     

Atletico Madrid – Season-long loan

That’s it! COYG!!!

Transfer Wrap-up by Patrick Alexander