Let’s assess just how good Arsenal’s summer signings have been so far

Have Arsenal made the best signings this season?

Arsenal is looking in great form this season and especially since the winter break, we’ve looked like a completely new, regenerated team that’s absolutely full of confidence.  I think a lot of that is because of the manager and the way he manages the team, but I also think we must give a lot of credit to our recruitment team and the smart signings we made in the summer.

Havertz has always been a great talent, but being in a Chelsea squad that seems to have some serious problems, looked to have been draining the life and talent out of him. A lot of that is due to the environment and the stuff going on behind the scenes that we as fans aren’t privy to, but also it’s lack of confidence, something he doesn’t seem to lack in this Arsenal side. He continues to prove people wrong and has become a massive part of Arteta’s set up and a great player for us. He not only can score a few goals but his link up play is unreal, he looks to have settled in perfectly and without him I don’t think we click in the attack as well as we have.

David Raya, even though he’s not technically our player just yet as he sees out his loan from Brentford, he’s been a great pick up for the club. Dropping Ramsdale wouldn’t have been an easy choice for Arteta, and I know a lot of fans still aren’t happy about it, but Raya has shown his quality in the short time he’s played for Arsenal between the sticks. He seems to fit the type of system Arteta wants to play and right now has the most clean sheets in League and has grown more and more in confidence each game. He seems like the perfect fit and with more experience, I think he will continue to get better and better.

Jurrien Timber, although he’s been out injured for almost the entire season, he showed glimpses of what he could do in preseason and for someone like myself, who watched a lot of him at Ajax, I know we’ve got a true gem on our hands. He’s a very versatile player who can play in multiple positions, he’s strong and although he’s pretty short, he’s very good in the air. We will hopefully get to see him play before the season ends, but I do think when he does get back, he’s going to show a lot of people just how good he is very quickly.

And how could I not mention Declan Rice, for a player who had a HUGE price tag on his head and all the pressure of that price tag on his shoulders, you won’t even think he cost us £105 Million because nobody talks about it. Why? Because he’s lived up to the expectations of that type of money. His work on the ball is amazing and the way he can calm down play is a great trait for a footballer like him. He never looks worried, always seems to have more time than anybody else and has made our midfield more fluid. He’s a workhorse and I know it’s a lot of money but I understand why West Ham put such a big price tag on his head, he’s worth it.

What’s your thoughts Gooners? Did we have the best summer possible?

Daisy Mae

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  1. The Englishman has been nothing but amazing siince joining, to the point of a super fan declaring he could have his own statue at the Emirates by Christmas.

    The much maligned Big German is showing class is permanent as he quietly silence his critics, and vindicate the gaffer.

    Timber has hardly had a sniff since joining us, but have seen enough to believe we have a huge player on our hands

    1. When you see how raya, rice and havertz have integrated in our team and are now all playing good makes u wonder how well timber would be.

  2. Impossible to judge Timber, but the rest have been excellent, especially Rice. Havertz has surprised me the most though with his work rate.

  3. I’m absolutely going to say ‘I told you so’ to all Gooners about Havertz. He’s a fantastic player and does so much that goes unnoticed. Many times he is the one who assists the assist, or is at least involved somewhere in the build up to a goal and works very hard for the team.

    He may never achieve the RvP-esque goal contributions I predict but he gives the team so much, he is basically undroppable and will always play either up front or just off who ever is up front.

    I always stated that Raya was coming in to play, not to be backup. As for Rice, I think we got a bargain. Only Rodri is better and more influential for his team and I fully expect Rice to be our vice captain and maybe even captain one day.

  4. All 4 of our purchases had been brilliant and the form of those 3 at the moment justifies that. Credit also should go to the previous 3 winter purchases of Jorginho, Trossard and Kiwior. Brilliant. Absolute team brilliance.

  5. In retrospect Mesut Ozil and Alex Sanchez’s legacy at Arsenal has perhaps been tainted by his latter days here, but his arrival and early impact was just as big as our recent summer signing.
    Believe it or not, the Germany international from Real Madrid in 2013 was a true game changer, A genuine statement signing, fans still sport the jerseys with the German name still printed on their back.

    On like Ozil, Rice will mostly be a six with authority over the midfield, with the license to surge. Havertz adds ingenuity, with Rice bringing influence, this mix has improved Arsenal significantly amplifying us more as a team.

    This is really the gaffer team now in his mould, shape by the latest addition.

  6. For me at the moment, the bench mark is the Man City squad.
    Rice is the only player we signed who would demand a place in their starting 11.
    Raya or Havertz I doubt would even make the bench.
    Timber we have yet to see.

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