With the incoming transfer window now closed in England, let’s look at what Arsenal have done.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal during the Arsenal Training Session at London Colney on July 26, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND – JULY 26: Dani Ceballos of Arsenal during the Arsenal Training Session at London Colney on July 26, 2019 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

I think it’s safe to say that the entire summer transfer window was ‘unexpected’.

When Josh Kroenke said we should ‘be excited’ we declined and carried on moaning only for the club to deliver Nicolas Pepe for £72m.

The maths involved to spread £40m around and come back with six top players is quite impressive and it hits home once again how the only decent thing Ivan Gazidis did was to hire Raul Sanllehi and then sod off.

So, having said all that, let’s look in our goodie bag…

It should be noted that, in terms of sales, the transfer window in Germany, France and Spain don’t close until 2 September. It closes in Italy on 23 August.

Signed

William Saliba after signing for Arsenal from St. Etienne (Photo via Arsenal.com)
William Saliba after signing for Arsenal from St. Etienne (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Sold/released

DORTMUND, GERMANY - JANUARY 26: Takuma Asano of Hannover seen from the back during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 at the Signal Iduna Park on January 26, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)
DORTMUND, GERMANY – JANUARY 26: Takuma Asano of Hannover seen from the back during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Hannover 96 at the Signal Iduna Park on January 26, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Loaned

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via Swindon Town

Still for sale

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - JULY 17: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal London looks on during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Arsenal London and FC Bayern Muenchen at Dignity Health Sports Park on July 17, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – JULY 17: Shkodran Mustafi of Arsenal London looks on during the 2019 International Champions Cup match between Arsenal London and FC Bayern Muenchen at Dignity Health Sports Park on July 17, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

For loan

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© Dirk Knofe

It is likely we will see some others leave on loan as well before the window closes around Europe.

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