This summer has been a painful time for Arsenal with so many players leaving. Wenger is trying hard to silence the critics against Arsenal, saying players leaving more than joining the team. Another ground on which critics have raised voice against Arsenal is that, the team is recruiting low profile players mostly, when quite a few high profile players left the team this summer. It is difficult to keep a track of who is leaving and who is joining Arsenal. It is still a question whether Nicklas Bendtner will be swapped. There is also no assurance about Clint Dempsey and Gary Cahill joining the team.
Players signed by Arsenal in the recent past
The 28 year old Andre Santos was brought by Arsenal through a transfer deal worth £6.2 million. He replaced Gael Clichy. Mikel Arteta has been reported to have signed a four year contract with the Gunners. This is described as a solid deal by Martin Keown, the previous Arsenal defender. Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun is another addition made by the team with a transfer fee of £70,000- another solid signing according to Keown.
Inspite of the recent intakes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho this summer, Wenger didn’t hesitate to add another striker to his team. The 26 year old captain of South Korea, Chu-Young Park was recruited by Wenger through a deal worth £3-5 million.
With a £8 million worth transfer, Per Mertesacker also joins Arsenal. Here is an answer to the critics pointing to Arsenal’s present lack of experienced players. The German goes on to say that it has been a delightful experience for him to join the team. Being an Arsenal supporter from childhood, he couldn’t have asked for more. Inspite of his new team losing miserably against Manchester recently, the player is not shaken up.
Players lost by Arsenal
A host of players were lost by Arsenal in the recent past. To top the list is Samir Nasri. Cesc Fabregas, Emmanuel Eboue, Clichy, Gilles Sunu, Joel Campbell and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are some of other players to leave the team.