The summer transfer window slammed shut on Thursday night with Arsenal failing to land another midfielder. However, much of their good work in the market was conducted earlier on. So, how do we assess the Gunners’ window?
Depending on which side of the fence you sit, Arsenal’s window was sensational, or it was terrible as they didn’t acquire the midfielder or winger they desperately needed.
I am a glass-half-full kind of person looking at the players that Arsenal brought in and the ones that left, and there can only be one consensus: It was a superb window for the Gunners.
How do we assess Arsenal’s summer transfer window?
Is it enough to challenge for the Premier League title? Even the most battle-hardened supporter will say not quite, but our qualitative improvement is distinct and that’s been on full display at the start of the 2022/23 season with the Gunners sitting at the top of the table with a 100% record.
So, let’s dive into Arsenal’s summer transfer window.
At the beginning of the summer, everyone knew that significant investment was needed—a new striker and another left-back to cover for Kieran Tierney, who has had his injury problems.
Gabriel Jesus and Oleksander Zinchenko have hit the ground running. Both have transformed how the team plays with a significant emphasis on the high press that we have seen them execute to perfection this season.
William Saliba has easily been the best defender in the squad, and it’s not even close. While not a new signing per se, he feels like a new arrival and has rapidly established himself in the team.
We are yet to see Fabio Vieira in action as he had some injury troubles in the summer, while Marquinhos has impressed for the Under-21s and was on the bench for Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa on Wednesday. The same can be said for Matt Turner, who will likely be seen in cup competitions and the Europa League.
Looking at the incomings, they have been nothing short of sensational.
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