As the summer transfer window comes to an end and the twenty teams involved in the Premier League get ready to kickstart their season, it’s always fun to take a quick look back at what went down in the summer transfer window. Of course, some clubs were able to fare better than others but overall, most teams got what they wanted and the majority are heading into the season in a stronger position than they were back at the end of last season.
One club that certainly falls into that category is Arsenal, who have made a series of integral signings over the course of the last few months. Unai Emery hasn’t wasted any time in stamping his authority on this Gunners squad, and that can only be a good thing. They’ve got great options up front, the midfield is looking stronger than it has done in terms, and there have been some improvements to the defence – although there’s still work to be done in that department.
Alas, something that we noticed in the final few days of the window is that Arsenal aren’t afraid to look around to their London rivals and lend them a helping hand. They were able to offload Lucas Perez to West Ham United, with Calum Chambers heading off to Craven Cottage on loan with Fulham. These may not seem like particularly important transfers in the grand scheme of things, but in reality, they’re very shrewd business moves by the Spanish manager.
Emery clearly knows that Chambers is someone he can nurture and help to grow in this game, but that giving him a season with a club like the Cottagers will help to further his development and Premier League experience. Then, whilst the Hammers believe they’re getting a bargain for Lucas Perez, Emery will be the one laughing because he knows that Perez doesn’t really possess the kind of quality necessary to succeed in the English top flight (that could come back to bite us in a few months time).
Arsenal have shipped out players to the likes of Chelsea in the past and wound up regretting it, but it doesn’t feel like that’s the case here. Emery is a smart man and everything he does has a tactical purpose behind it, which actively excites us heading into the new campaign.
What do you think about Chambers and Perez leaving?