Who is, or could be, Arsenal’s best signing of the summer of 2022?

Who Was Arsenal’s Best Signing This Summer?

It has been an excellent start to the new season for Arsenal and Mikel Arteta. They may have lost their unbeaten record to start the new season against Manchester United, but positives could still be taken despite that defeat.

The hopes of fans have risen with the performances that we have seen over recent weeks, as a top-four place in the Premier League this coming season certainly looks attainable.

One of the reasons for the strong start to the season has been the quality that the club brought in over the summer months. But, who was, or still could be, Arsenal’s best signing of the summer transfer window in 2022?

Gabriel Jesus

There is little doubt that Arsenal were in the market for a quality number nine this summer, and the addition of Gabriel Jesus has certainly addressed the issue that the Gunners had towards the end of last season.

The Brazilian signed for the Gunners for a fee of £45 million after a hugely successful period with Manchester City. Despite playing on the wings for the majority of last season for Pep Guardiola’s side, there was always a feeling that the 25-year-old was best suited down the middle of the forward line.

Jesus was the key bit of business as far as Arteta was concerned, and despite being brought in for a big fee, there is still every chance that the Brazilian is still improving. Not only that, since he will likely be part of the Brazilian national team squad, that is among the favorites in the World Cup betting odds, it is likely that his transfer market value rises.

He has already shown his quality for the Gunners this term, as he has scored three goals in five league fixtures. That start to the season means that he is already on course to achieve his best scoring season in English football, which currently stands at the 14 he scored in the 2019-20 season. Keeping Jesus fit appears to be crucial for Arsenal’s chances of a top four finish this term.

Oleksandr Zinchenko

Gabriel Jesus wasn’t the only player that the Gunners brought in from the reigning English champions. Arteta was also keen to add Oleksandr Zinchenko to his Gunners side, and a deal was finally struck with the Etihad club for a fee in the region of £30 million. Despite being a fringe player for the majority of his time at City, the Ukrainian still played over 70 times during his six-year stay with the club. Zinchenko has been an important player for Guardiola’s side over the previous two seasons, as he has played 50 times across all competitions.

However, City were willing to allow the full-back to leave this summer, and he certainly makes the Gunners a more well-stocked unit. Zinchenko brings a wealth of experience to the Emirates, having played both domestically in the Premier League and in the Champions League for City.

He is also a leader, having captained the Ukraine national team throughout his career. His ability to play in a number of different positions is also a significant factor, as he is as able in the central midfield as he is at left-back, which gives Arteta more choices when it comes to injuries that are likely to come as the season progresses.

Fabio Vieira

The other big money signing that Arsenal made over the summer came in the form of Fabio Vieira, who signed for a fee of £30 million from FC Porto. He was certainly signed with one eye on the future, as he is yet to make much of an impression as a starter for the Gunners at this early stage of the campaign. In total, he has played just once for Arsenal so far, but he is likely to get extended opportunities once the Europa League and League Cup campaigns get underway.

Vieira certainly grabbed the attention for Porto last season, and he came to Arsenal with a wealth of experience from the Portuguese league, as he had played just over 70 times during his three years with the first team. The 22-year-old scored ten goals during that period, and certainly excelled as a wide man and getting the ball into the box.

Matt Turner

As well as the big money additions brought in by the club, Arsenal also made signings for the future. One of the additions was the signing of American goalkeeper Matt Turner in a £7 million deal. The 28-year-old is expected to be the main competition for Aaron Ramsdale this season, but minutes in the Premier League are likely to be dependent on the Number One’s fitness. During his time in the MLS, Turner played over 100 times for the New England Revolution.

Marquinhos

The final addition the club made over the summer was the £3 million signing of Marquinhos from Sao Paulo. The 19-year-old forward played just 33 times for the Brazilian team, scoring two goals. However, his potential was clear for all at the Gunners, and fans will have seen his blossoming skills in last night’s Europa League win over Zurich. He may yet prove to be the bargain of the summer.

What are your thoughts?

15 Comments

  1. Marquinhos has shown his capabilities in just one match, whereas Vieira and Turner seem to need more time

    If we’re still in four competitions in January, we’ll need at least one new player

    1. Imo Viera showed he was 1st team ready, Marquinhos showed he’s a top talent that needs nurturing not dissimilar to when Martinelli rocked up.

  2. I have a feeling. That Arsenal will challenge for the premier league title this season.

    From what I have seen of Liverpool, they won’t compete for the league this season.
    Losing Mane would affect them a bit.

    It is between Man city and Arsenal.

    Arsenal is in a position to win it. If we can keep our players fit.

    In January, Arteta should sign Ruben Neves and Gakpo/Mudryk.

    This is our season. I am very confident.

  3. Saliba.

    He should be considered as a new signing.

    He has eased so much tension in our defense, all of a sudden we have surplus.

  4. I have started following Just Arsenal less than a year ago and what surprises me is that we are supposed to be so precise on diction, like we are not supposed to say a ‘fatal’ mistake if we did not lose the game because of that, and we need to distinguish between correlation vs. causality (r vs r square?), all the while I thought we are just expressing an opinion, or just ‘shooting the breeze’ if you allow me.

  5. A bit hard for me to say, each player seems to have different expectations regarding their contributions.

    For example, we expect Jesus and Zinchenko to have an instant impact on the first team, while not so much for the others.

    We know Turner is strictly a backup and not competition for Ramsdale. Will he be a reliable insert in cup games and early Europa league? Otherwise don’t expect him to feature much and certainly not challenge Ramsdale.

    Vieira likely is backup to Odegaard and a fill in on the wings or midfield. Again cup games and Europa, maybe some sub appearances if he starts to shine. Certainly not playing big minutes against top clubs or fighting it out with clubs in contention for top 4 or big important matches.

    Marquinhos is a future player, no one thought he would be in the first team competing for a spot on the wings. If he gets some sub appearances that shows he must truly be progressing ahead of his projected curve.

    He went from possible loan this year, to training with the first team, to starting in a Europa group match. Maybe a few sub appearances to see how he performs.

    I would say Marquinhos for me, because he seems to be ahead of his projected curve, and is on a similar trajectory we saw with Martinelli. He could actually make an impact with the first team this year and see some good minutes.

  6. Jesus and Zinchenko are winners, a perfect age and technically excellent. They have made the difference with their enthusiasm and spirit. Hopefully Viera and Marquinhos will prove to be top players. We have some great players.

  7. For me, it’s between Saliba and G. Jesus. Zinchenko’s versatility is also something to be appreciated.
    A lot depends on what we do in the winter. Liverpool are not too solid this season (for now) and we can always go toe to toe with Chelsea, Spurs and Utd.
    A good winter window, could make all the difference.
    Hope you guys haven’t forgotten…….. We’re STILL ON TOP OF THE TABLE! 😃😃😃

  8. I do , of course, understand the all so common urge for us to pick out ONE best buy.
    But to my more discerning mind, I look at ALL the new imports and take the whole and marked improvement as being because of ALL our new and also LONGER TERM players.

    It is a team game and, though fans seem to need to pick out a single most important player, the true reason for our big improvement this season, is because we have MANY far better players then last season and far fewer players of obvious substandard playing much at all. No Bellerins, little of Holding and Elneny, etc. etc.

    And miraculously, a near miraculous improvement in Xhaka, esp as MA has chosen to play him further forward , thus lessening(or almost obliterating entirely) his former costly mistakes.

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