Overall Arsenal have had quite a disappointing summer in terms of transfers. For most of the window we had seen a lot of players go out the door one way or another, whilst we were left eagerly anticipating when the real business would begin. That business never did come, until yesterday when Arsenal fans and I think most of the world stood back in shock to see that Arsenal had pulled off signing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
The deal that has brought the Germany international midfielder to Arsenal from Real Madrid is suggested to be the second biggest British transfer record, costing around £42.5m! Ozil Is rumoured to be on around £130/140k a week after the likes of BBC and Sky Sports stated that his contract is 7 million euros per year.
Of course all Arsenal fans alike are going to be excited for days and so it’s difficult to evaluate our transfer window in a balanced opinion but remaining realistic for a moment and recognising all the deals that have happened I would suggest this window has still been slightly disappointing for the Gunners. My reason being, at the beginning of the transfer window or even back in May, Gazidis and Wenger promised that this was Arsenal’s revolutionary summer to change the club, and although you could now argue and say that we have spent big with Mesut Ozil, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who was expecting perhaps a little bit more.
We had tried all summer to get big name players in the likes of Higuain, Rooney and Fabregas and we unfortunately failed to get them all, but had we signed one of them would we have secured a deal for Ozil? Would the club still have gone out there to get more world class players or would it have been a simple job of sitting back and saying that they had delivered what they promised. Like I said we should be happy with signing Ozil and most of us are over the moon, however being reflective over the whole summer aside from Ozil, it’s been a bit of a disappointment.
The full transfer activity is listed below:
Arsenal ins: Yaya Sanogo, Mathieu Flamini, Emiliano Viviano (loan) and Mesut Ozil
Arsenal outs: Angha, Eastmond, Wynter, Monteiro, Ebecilio, Denilson, Arshavin, Watt, Bihmoutine, Henderson, Neita, Rees, Shea, Mannone, Charles-Cook,Meade, Squillaci, Santos, Roberts, Hajrovic, Gervinho and Chamakh.
Loaned out: Djourou, Coquelin, Campbell, Aneke, Miquel, Vickers and Silva.
The fact that three of the transfers cost nothing, while our final day attempts to get Demba Ba from Chelsea was going to be a loan deal with a minimal price tag, suggests to me that Wenger did not have £70 million to spend after all. It seems that the club are still being, let’s say, careful with money. Hopefully, though, there will be some significant transfer funds in January.
I suppose we will have to wait and see whether Sanogo and Viviano will turn out to be good signings, but Flamini and Ozil have definitely added strength and quality to the squad. So are we happy Gooners?