With the summer transfer window shut close, it is now time for a detailed assessment on the clubs business as well as our chance of winning the Premier League title this 2017/2018 season.
Arsenal only made two signings in Schalke left back Sead Kolasinac (free transfer) and striker Alexandre Lacazette (£50million).
The defender is definitely an upgrade on last season’s first choice Nacho Monreal and provides the much needed steel and pace, the Gunners rearguard have lacked in recent seasons.
Prolific forward Lacazette is the 20-goals-a-season striker Gooners have been craving for since the departure of Dutch striker Robin Van Persie to Manchester United in 2012. Failure to land key target Thomas Lemar though was definitely a blow to Wenger’s transfer plans.
Many sports betting fans would think Wenger’s inability to secure a deal for the sensational Monaco winger would greatly affect Arsenal’s Odds on winning the Premier League title this season. But pundits and sports apparel site such as Insport are backing the Gunners to go all the way to win the league title regardless.
In terms of outgoings, while it was definitely sad for the club to lose Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain especially to a direct rival Liverpool, Wenger’s main aim was to keep hold of Chilean star Alexis Sanchez, which was achieved in quite surreal circumstances towards the end of the window.
Other notable departures included Gabriel Paulista, who joined Valencia, Kieran Gibbs went off to West Bromwich Albion, Szczsny joined Juventus and a host of loan deals which included Lucas Perez to former side Deportivo La Coruna.
While Wenger’s first team on paper looks a lot better than last season considering both summer recruits have walked straight into the first team, for a side that finished fifth last season, the Gunners obviously needed signing a top class combative midfielder who would be an upgrade on the current options was needed, the right wing was also left unaddressed.
In a window where the Manchester rivals splashed out over hundreds of millions in net spend only, the Gunners ending the window posting a profit doesn’t make a case for a summer of investment. Whilst it was far from disastrous, considering Alexis remained and the first team was improved, it also better than poor, with a fair grade being fair.
Other key positions were left unaddressed, Chamberlain joined a rival club and Wenger posted a profit at the end of an inflated market shows it was definitely not a good window but it was also far from being excellent one.
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