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The summer-long Alexis Sánchez saga twisted at the very last, with Arsenal relaxing their absolute not-for-sale stance. Manchester City made their move only for Arsenal to fail to get Thomas Lemar and the status quo endured. Arsenal will now pray Sánchez can give everything for one final season. He remains, unquestionably, our best player so it has to be a good thing he is staying, right?
Alexandre Lacazette is now the club’s record signing and much will rest on him while Sead Kolasinac adds some toughness. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the eye-catching departure. David Hytner
In: Alexandre Lacazette Lyon £46m; Sead Kolasinac Schalke free
Out: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool £35m; Gabriel Valencia £10m; Wojciech Szczesny Juventus £10m; Kieran Gibbs West Bromwich Albion £7m; Jan Toral Hull City £3m; Kaylen Hinds Wolfsburg £2m; Carl Jenkinson Birmingham City loan; Joel Campbell Real Betis loan; Lucas Pérez Deportivo La Coruña loan
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