Arsenal’s poor start to the season had exposed several vulnerabilities in their defense and several fans were hoping the Gunners would address these issues before the end of the window.
Arsenal have already let Gabriel Paulista go and many rumors suggested Mustafi was next on his way out.
However, Mustafi’s father, his agent, had confirmed the German national was not leaving the club on deadline day.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain had decided to call his time at the Emirates and moved to Liverpool for a deal worth £35 million plus £5 million in add-ons. The 24-year-old snubbed Chelsea as he preferred to play under Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.
Joel Campbell and Lucas Perez both completed loan moves which saw them move to Spain.
Campbell signed for Real Betis while Perez returned to Deportivo just 12 months after moving away from the Spanish side.
Leicester had made two bids for Calum Chambers worth £16m and £20m but both were rejected. We might see more of the young defender in action after he impressed during his loan spell at Middlesbrough last season.
THE ‘SANCHEZ LEMAR’ SAGA:-
Arsenal had accepted a bid worth £60 million for Alexis Sanchez despite Arsene Wenger’s constant reminders time and time again how he won’t be sold. (I guess he was right)
However, the North London club wanted to secure a replacement in time before letting the Chilean leave. A club record bid worth £92 million was made for Lemar and Monaco had agreed on the deal. Lemar is believed to have rejected a move to the Emirates Stadium and is happy to stay at Monaco for at least another season in an attempt to secure a place in the French squad for the 2018 World Cup.
Thus, the deal with City also collapsed leaving an unhappy Sanchez still at the club at least until January.
Overall, a strong start to the summer transfer business as they acquired Alexander Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac fairly early in the window but yet again Arsenal failed to strengthen their central defense and midfield. Letting the likes of Szczęsny and Oxlade Chamberlain leave were also key calls and only time will tell if they were the correct ones. If the start to the season has given us any indications, it’ll be a difficult season ahead for the Gunners.