Arsenal may still be able to deal with EFL clubs but for the most part their transfer business has been complete, with the additional of Thomas Partey on deadline day appearing to be the final piece of the puzzle.
The Gunners began proceedings in the transfer window with the free transfer of Willian after the expiration of his Chelsea contract. Gabriel Magalhaes and Dani Ceballos joined soon after before Runar Alex Runarsson was brought in to replace Emi Martinez.
While the goalkeeper stands as the club’s only permanent sale of the window, first team players Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira secured loan moves to Hertha Berlin and Atletico Madrid respectively.
Considering Mikle Arteta is very close to having his squad finalised for the first half of the 2020/21 campaign, football.london assess who should be prioritised in each position.
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The may have been some debate around this position during the restart but that was squashed when Martinez left for Aston Villa. Bernd Leno remains as the first choice goalkeeper, as Runarsson is expected to get most of his minutes in the Europa League and domestic cup competitions.
Matt Macey will remain as the third choice.
Depth chart: Bernd Leno, Runar Alex Runarsson, Matt Macey
After a tough road back to the first team, which included more injury setbacks than expected, Hector Bellerin is emerging as Arteta’s first choice at right back/right wing-back once again.
The Spaniard’s performances are becoming much more consistent as he looks to impact the game not just in the final third, but with his tactical awareness. The demands Arteta placed on Ainsley Maitland-Niles in the ‘inverted’ role early in his time in charge were the same for Bellerin and this is an area he has developed especially well.
Cedric will play…