Why the transfer window was a winning one for Arsenal

Mikel Arteta oversaw his first transfer window as Arsenal’s manager last month.

The Spaniard didn’t have the time or resources to do much manoeuvring in the market but I believe that the transfer window was a winning one for Arsenal for two reasons.

Firstly, Arsenal signed players for the position that they needed to reinforce. They signed Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to help make the leaky defence stronger.

Both signings have now completed Arteta’s squad and I’m glad that we didn’t enter the second half of the season without new defenders coming on board.

Secondly, this window was successful because Arsenal didn’t make panic buys.

Most teams would have jumped at the chance of grabbing anyone available to them, but Arsenal with Arteta in charge stuck to what they needed and they even avoided making long term signings just in case the players don’t fit into their system.

Most fans would have expected the likes of Edison Cavani and Dries Mertens to be brought in, I would have loved to see any of them in the Arsenal shirt too, but I reckon that it was a better move for us to sign only players that we needed because the summer is the best time to make long term signings.

We will not know for some time how successful Mari and Soares are but the principle behind their signings is a valid one and that alone tells me we are definitely under a different regime, well, up to a point.

An article from Ime


  1. gotanidea says:

    Yes. Arsenal have won, because they managed to keep Ozil at the Emirates

    Luckily he doesn’t go to Fenerbahce, after we begged him to stay

    1. Impenia says:

      I don’t think it’s really necessary to drag Ozil into every discussion, even when the articles have nothing to do with him.

  2. SueP says:

    This January window didn’t really have any stellar signings for any PL team.
    Not only did Arteta inherit an underperforming team but then injuries added to the problem in particular, Tierney and Chambers
    He has tweaked the team but back up was essential and loan signings relieve the situation until summer
    Arteta said he would only sign someone able to improve the squad so my fingers are crossed that he is right and in the financial scheme of things the cost isn’t much

  3. ken1945 says:

    SueP and the article are both spot on in my opinion.

    We now have two recognised RB’s and, come the summer, two new CD’s, plus two recognised LB’s…allowing MA to start looking at our excellent younger players in the roles that they were originally intended for.

    That is the area of our weakest problems, hopefully, solved, once injuries have been overcome.

    On top of that, MA stated that he didn’t want lose anyone and he hasn’t – so everything in order to challenge for cup success and, hope upon hope, a top four finish.

    1. SueP says:

      Chelsea drew so a win against Burnley tomorrow 🤞all helps the cause. There are some juicy ties this weekend so by Sunday night the table could look very interesting

  4. Sean Williams says:

    I don’t think it can be discussed as a winning one. We are 10th. Will it keep us in the Premier League, will it improve us? I think Arteta has improved us. I am really impressed by his strength of character, and he’s only recently come away from playing, so he is right there in the present moment. He needs clear financial backing from the management, board and Kroenke’s as we need it. That’s the reality. If he gets that we may challenge in the nearish future. That is a precondition though, otherwise it just won’t happen. Praise to Arteta for getting the ball rolling. In the summer it will be down to the Kroenke’s supporting him.

    1. GB says:

      We’re are now 12th

  5. Reggie says:

    Nothing will be proved a winning or losing window until we actually see if the loanees actually play at all. Then we can judge, just like last summers “winning” window, which is turning out to be nothing of the sort.

    1. David Braithwaite says:

      There is no doubt that you only judge a window properly in retrospect. I’m not too sure how people ended up declaring Arsenal’s summer window “winning”. Arsenal were buying and selling or loaning senior players right up to the end. With so many changes particularly involving senior players there were always going to be risks.

  6. John says:

    Even keeping your good players is part of a Succeful transfer window.What if Auba could have gone to barca? Or Ozil to Turkey? I wish we could have snap that brazilian midfielder who went to Lyon instead.

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