As was the case for clubs across the globe, this year’s summer transfer window brought along with it many challenges for Arsenal to overcome.
That is before factoring how turbulent the club has been in that period of time. From the uncertainty over European qualification at the back end of last season, the proposal of 55 redundancies in August and the departure of Raul Sanllehi shortly after, the Gunners have had their own battles to win.
Despite this, the transfer window doesn’t wait for anybody and the club had to work to build a squad Mikel Arteta will believe he can mould to mount a serious challenge for Champions League qualification.
Here, football.london assess every incoming and outgoing transfer and how well Arsenal with each.
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Willian: As the first signing of the window, Willian arrived as a needed presence but one that won’t jump off the page too often.
Trading west London for north London at 32-years-old, the main appeal with the Brazilian is his experience. On his debut at Fulham he impressed massively as he made an instant impact with three assists on the day, but he has failed to be as spectacular since, which doesn’t necessarily need to be a problem.
His presence in the side is yes, to improve the team with his own performances, but also improve those around him. Playing off the right for the most part, this will apply to Nicolas Pepe and Reiss Nelson most and Pepe has shown that this approach from Arteta is working. Still yet to start over Willian in the Premier League, Pepe has come on in every match looking to make an impact, which making him an even bigger, more consistent threat that in his debut season.
As things stand, Willian himself may not be the man that launches Arsenal to the next stage of their development, but his presence will be…