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Transfer window report: Arsenal - how good or bad?

Friday 1st September 2017
Frustrating, fiascos, failure, three words to describe the summer transfer window for Wenger's Arsenal. If this was what Ivan Gazidis meant by Wenger being a "catalyst for change", then he, the board and Wenger need to be axed. It all started well with the early signings of Lacazette and Kolasinac, but it's been exits ever since. 

The opening games have shown that plenty of areas still need addressing. Yet, somehow Arsene Wenger feels confident that this team can do well this season: even I have to ask whether or not he's deluded. It looks like a forlorn campaign lies ahead for the Gunners.

Transfers in

  • Sead Kolasinac (Schalke)

  • Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon)

The Bosnian was a steal, as he was also in the Bundesliga Team of the Year last season. A pre-contract agreement signed in January made him an astute signing for Arsenal as that left side looked weak. Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs were quite inconsistent and both players were rotated throughout the previous campaign. Kolasinac comes off the back of a season where he elevated himself into arguably one of the top 5 left backs in Europe. He completed five tackles and interceptions per game and consistent performances across the season, despite his side's 10th place finish. Additionally, at 24 he's seven years Monreal's junior, which gives him time to improve his passing and ball retention. Defensively, he is certainly superior to his new Spanish teammate.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Lacazette has been enhancing his reputation at Lyon for the past three seasons with 91 goals. At £52.7m it's looking more and more like value for money, especially with the deals that's happened this summer. He could proved to be a fan favourite, something certainly helped by scoring 94 seconds into his full debut.

Transfers out

  • Wojciech Sczesny

  • Gabriel Paulista

  • Kieran Gibbs

  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The one good thing is Alexis Sanchez is not on the list. I do have to wonder what Sanchez will return from international duty, one that wants to play, or leave? At this point in his career, Europa League was never in his plans.

The sale of Paulista was silly, as he was one of the better performers last season. In a back three he would have been more useful than Rob Holding right now. The youngster looks like he's been pushed too much soon and looks out of his depth. A number of young players have been sold and loaned out and swiped a lot of their wage bill. But the decisions to sell Ox and send Perez on loan were poor, as based on their performances last season, there were worse performers. Arguably, Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey could have been frozen out. For the Welshman, they could have cashed in last summer when he was wanted by other clubs, which could have proved fruitful.

Somehow, they still have players like Mathieu Debuchy, Chuba Akpom who have barely played over the past year. Additionally, there are still 6 players who have less than a year left on their current contracts. This summer coupled with the last two results, has turned a bad transfer window into a disastrous one.


Tyrone Chambers

I know most people either love them or hate them but I a massive fan of Manchester United. I'm not afraid to speak the truth. Writing it as it is, bold enough to say it in the way no manager or player could say in public. I write about all things football but I love music as well, both listening and playing, keen drummer.

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