Arsenal’s deadline day swoop for Thomas Partey crowned a successful transfer window for the Gunners as they look to return to Champions League football after four seasons away.
Partey joins new arrivals Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes, while Danie Ceballos has arrived for a second loan spell and new deals for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Sako have added to the feel-good factor surrounding the club.
Mikel Arteta will hope Arsenal’s transfer business this summer provides him with greater squad depth and tactical flexibility during the 2020-21 season.
A key example of that is in defence, with Arteta preferring to play a back-three during Arsenal’s run to FA Cup glory last season.
The £25m signing of Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes will provide competition for fellow left-footed centre-back Pablo Mari, while long-term he looks like an ideal partner for the right-footed William Saliba.
Saliba has made a slow start to life in north London, though, and so instead Arsenal could line up in a back-three of Gabriel, David Luiz and Tierney – but Arteta may opt for a pair of Gabriel and Luiz going forward.
The Spaniard is believed to be keen on playing a 4-3-3 formation long-term,…