Arsenal vs Europe by Seetsuma
Summer. The Women’s World Cup is over, the Copa America is over, and the only matches to watch right now are the Gold Cup, Wimbledon, Baseball, NBA Summer League basketball and reruns of Game of Thrones. Now that it is July 11th and the EPL transfer market has officially been open for 10 days, we’ve got a bit more than just rumours to go on for a change. We’ve actually got confirmed transfers, which is exactly what I’m here to discuss!
I’ve noticed that many people have been upset about Arsenal’s seeming lack of involvement in the transfer window thus far. To be honest, I feel as though we’ve started off better than most. That is not to say that I feel as though Arsene is done, nor do I feel as though we should be done, so do not take it that way. Here is a quick look around Europe to see what the other big names have done so far. This list is up-to-date based on www.transfermarkt.com (as of today) and only includes CONFIRMED transfers in and out. I have also done a minor bit of screening in order to include only transfers of note.
Arsenal — Lost Podolski, Miyaichi, Diaby and Flamini, signed Cech.
Chelsea — Lost Cech and Drogba, signed Falcao (loan).
Liverpool — Lost Coates, Gerrard and Johnson, signed Clyne, Firmino, Ings and Milner, .
Man City — Lost Negredo, Nastasic, Boyata and Milner (free), no signings of note.
Man United — Lost Nani, signed Schweinsteiger and Depay.
Tottenham — Lost Paulinho, Capoue, Assou-Ekotto (free) and have signed Alderweireld.
Bayern — Lost Schweinsteiger and Shaqiri, signed Ulreich, Douglas Costa and Kimmich.
Dortmund — Lost Castro (and Jurgen Klopp), no signings of note.
AC Milan — Lost Destro, signed Bacca, Adriano and Bertolacci.
Inter Milan — Lost Alvarez, signed Kondogbia, Miranda (loan) and Shaqiri.
Juventus — Lost Tevez, Pirlo and Ogbonna, signed Dybala, Khedira, Pereyra and Mandzukic.
Napoli — Lost Michu, signed Reina.
Athletico Madrid — Lost Alderweireld, Miranda, Mandzukic and Arda Turan, signed Martinez, Carrasco and Vietto.
Barcelona — Lost Xavi and Deulofeu, signed Turan and Aleix Vidal.
Real Madrid — Lost Khedira (free), signed Danilo Da Silva.
Monaco — Lost Carrasco, Falcao (loan) and Kondogbia, signed Cavaleiro.
PSG — Lost Cabaye, no signings of note.
It looks like, outside of Italy, most of the big clubs have been selling (or replacing) and not necessarily upgrading their squads at all. As a caveat, Barcelona cannot play any of their new signings until the January transfer window, as well as they are replacing their president, so that could have a lot to do with their stagnant transfer window. Again, while I am very pleased with the first 10 days of our transfer window, I’m looking forward to three more signings before the season begins!