With Arsenal wrapping up three important deals with more than a month to go of the summer transfer window, has manager Arsene Wenger impressed with his movements in the market?
After the departure of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the Gunners recently signed former Nice goalkeeper David Ospina to provide competition for current first-choice Wojciech Szczesny, after the Colombian greatly impressed in this summer’s World Cup. For £3.2M, Arsenal could hardly have brought in any better shot-stopper whose wages won’t break the bank.
In defence, long-serving right-back Bacary Sagna left at the end of his contract to join Manchester city, which left the Londoners with a big gap to fill. They quickly signed Sagna’s international successor Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle for around £10M this summer.
And in attack, Arsenal shocked the Premier League by signing Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez, another player who was outstanding in the World Cup, while bagging 19 goals and making 10 assists in La Liga last season.
With Arsenal boasting a strong team for the new campaign, they are 5/1 to win the Premier League title in 2014/15. Wenger has played his part by ensuring the crucial deals were done with plenty of time for pre-season games and training.
Considering last summer’s signing of Mesut Ozil was in the last days of the window, Wenger has greatly impressed with the speed of this season’s acquisitions.