All Arsenal’s ins and outs in the January transfer window

Mikel Arteta did warn us that Arsenal’s main aim in the January transfer window would be to trim down our bloated first team squad, and we would have to agree that him and Edu have certainly achieved that objective.

On the arrival side, we have brought in Mat Ryan, which was an urgently needed backup to Bernd Leno, and the Real Madrid youngster Martin Odegaard, who will hopefully take some pressure off Smith-Rowe as a creative midfielder.

Our very first signing was the 19 year-old Omar Rekik from Hertha Berlin for 600,000 GBP. This was our paid-for signing in this window…

Other than that, the emphasis has been on getting unwanted players out the door or sending promising youngsters out on loan to gain experience.

So here are all the outgoings in full….

Mesut Ozil – Fenerbahce (no comment needed)

Sead Kolasinac has returned to Shalke to try and help them with their relegation battle.

He has now been joined by Shkodran Mustafi late last night…

Sokratis was also released and returned to Greece with Olympiakos.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles has gone to help Big Sam with West Brom’s relegation battle as well, and to give him a chance for regular first team football..

Joe Willock has joined Newcastle for exactly the same reasons as Ainsley..

The youngsters we have sent out on loan for their development are….

James Olayinka’s (so far successful) loan with Southend United has been extended until the end of the season.

Midfielder Matt Smith has been released from his Swindon Town loan, and has now joined Charlton Athletic for the rest of the campaign.

The young defender Joseph Olowu has joined Wealdstone on loan.

And our 20 year-old defender Zech Medley has been recalled from Gillingham and has now gone to Kilmarnock on loan.

And that, folks, is every single Arsenal transfer from January…

22 Comments

  1. Gozie says:

    Good job so far and I want to remind the club that we still need a more solid creative midfielder of our own

  2. Abubakar says:

    Then william saliba

  3. McLovin says:

    Matt Smith has done well for Swindon (basement boys) and hopefully will thrive with Charlton who are pushing for promotion.

    Excited for AMN and Willock, hopefully they’ll play as many PL matches they can.

    Mavropanos is playing well for Stuttgart (MOTM last match) and McGuinness is also doing well for Ipswich.

    Saliba has been decent for Nice too.

    Torreira hasn’t really featured unfortunately but it looks like he could finish the season as champion of La Liga.

    Guendouzi started really well but lately has been on the news as a troublemaker again for the club. Hopefully this will change.

  4. gotanidea says:

    If Lacazette keeps performing well till the end of this season, I think Arsenal would offer him a short contract extension in the summer

    1. McLovin says:

      You know, I’d say give him 1 year extension immediately and sell him regardless in the summer..

      1. gotanidea says:

        That would be perfect, since Aubameyang’s contract will also end in 2023

    2. Goonster says:

      Give Laca a one to 2 year extension if he keeps working hard. He is on about £150,000 a week. Make a deal where be keeps his £150,000 a week basic and add clauses, the more goals and good games he produces then he gets a bonus on top of his basic salary. All together £200,000 a week depending on performances, goals and games played.

      If he refuses then get rid of him as quickly as possible. Get as much money as possible from his sale. We have been so poor at transfer. We just keep giving players away for free. Not sustainable.

      Be ruthless with Laca too.

      1. gotanidea says:

        I’d prefer one year extension to lengthen his contract to 2023, if he’s still doing great till the end of this season. I also agree to sell him if he refuses the new deal, since he’s not getting any younger

        1. Goonster says:

          I am all for that.
          I am also tired of giving players coming or in their 30’s long massive contracts. For instance, with Laca and Ozil they both have / had been underwhelming but coming up to their contracts they all of a sudden find their form.

          Auba was performing wonders leading up to his contract renewal. Then suddenly fell of the moment he renewed.

          Willian came off a good Chelsea season. We signed him and he just downed tools. He relaxed after he got his massive contract here.

          No wonder we are all nervous about giving these players longer contracts. We have bad experiences.

  5. gooner4life says:

    Just a pity Eddie die not go on loan and we did not get a left back in. We needed cover for KT as he is so injury prone. Hope Balagon gets some game time.

    1. Sue says:

      Apparently we enquired about Junior Firpo…. Oh well, we have Lopez (U23) and what’s happened to Bola??

      1. Declan says:

        Lopez has been training with the first team and I’m wondering if he will be on the bench tonight.

  6. Dboy says:

    I think it was a very good Window for us. We got rid of most of the deadwood and troublemakers. Now we can have some stability in the team. I’m very excited about the summer transfer window. Now we just need all our injured players to recover.
    COYG!!

  7. Goonster says:

    What a ruthless manager Arteta is turning out to be.
    Promised to give most players the opportunity to impress him when he first got in. Gave most of them the opportunity and they did not take their chances.

    He then promised to drop some of the from our squads and he did.

    He promised to move on as many of the deadwood as possible. He has done that.

    Now let’s hope he can improve on Willian, Xhaka, Elneny, Bellerin, Ceballos etc in the summer. If he can find better replacement for that lot in the summer then I hope he can replace them too.

    A no nonsense manager that we have been crying for since the later wenger years. A manager that is not here to cuddle and over indulge with our overrated, overhyped, overpaid, over pampered and underperforming primadonnas.

    Arteta himself might not make it at Arsenal but he has earned my respect with the way he has dealt with our frustrating and irritating underperforming primadonnas. He is going to make mistakes along the way like all humans do, but I hope he leaves a better mentality / attitude than the dead stagnant one he inherited.

    Credit to you Sir.

  8. YAKS says:

    Good job by Edu & Arteta but a left back would have been gotten.

  9. Cherop chrispine says:

    Arsenal have really done magnifiscent in the last night transfer deadline. Kudoz to Arteta and Technical director Edu for commentable job.

    1. Bernard says:

      Letting such good players for free is incredible???

      1. Jax says:

        Not entirely free considering the £750 thousand per week in wages saved.

      2. Khadii says:

        Lol..
        Some fans never seize to amaze..
        Such good players as who?
        The same players who we all either wanted out or touted to go on loan cos they weren’t showing enough?
        Some of those players hadn’t even made bench in most matches.
        So?

  10. ThirdManJW says:

    This may be the best transfer window I have ever seen! We have been begging for a ruthless manager for so long, and now we have the real deal!

    The free transfers make sense, the loans make sense. Very happy!

  11. PJ-SA says:

    Would have been good to send Eddie on loan to s lower EPL team anf bring in Balogun to the bench.

    We should’ve sent Cellabos back as well, we really dont need him.

  12. Phil Robertson says:

    I have seen that Arteta is a very happy to have him in our team.but i think he should bring in some good players to improved on the game played.Isco is the good person to add to the Smith Rowe in order to improve on creativity and also chance crating.

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