Arsenal was a hive of transfer activity over the summer, with The Gunners making an array of sizeable acquisitions such as the Thomas Partey deal, as well as shrewd signings like bringing Willian and Gabriel to the club.
The jury is still out on if these signings have made our squad better and more exciting, but we’re not here to talk about them.
Instead, let’s take a look at some of the players The Gunners have sold this transfer window and determine if allowing them to leave was the right thing to do.
Emiliano Martinez – Aston Villa
Despite only being heavily featured towards the end of last season’s campaign, the Argentine endeared himself to the Emirates faithful due to some great performances as he deputised for Leno.
The truth is, Emiliano proved himself to be a goalkeeper who’s far too good not to be playing week in week out, and has gone to further prove those credentials at Villa. Him leaving was the perfect step for his career, and the money brought in from his transfer helped balance the books and allow the club to make some of the big signings that they did. Let’s just hope Leno Keeps fit.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – AS Roma
Mkhitaryan was, believe it or not, a really good player a few years ago; the only problem was that he seemed to have deteriorated swiftly since joining The Gunners. Mkhitaryan was a player who was on super high wages, and if he weren’t dispatched of quickly, we could have had another Ozil situation where another top name player will be sitting out of the team taking home millions.
In truth, this deal should have happened a long time ago, as Henrikh has not contributed to the team in a very long time and was previously on loan at the Italian club. It’s nothing personal, but it’s a good thing that he’s finally moved on.
Verdict: Should have happened ages ago.
Lucas Torreira – Atletico Madrid (Loan)
Torreria had a bright start to life at Arsenal, but like most sparklers and firecrackers, he fizzled out and became an ineffective member of the squad. Many still believe there is a decent little player in Lucas, particularly Simeone, who seemed happy to have added him to his Atletico squad.
Torreira has potential to do well, is in the prime team to do so, and gets to play champions league football this season. You can have your say on whether you think Torreira will do well this season by betting on the Champions League.
He may still come good and return to be a crucial player, but unless he changes his style of play, he just doesn’t fit the system Arteta is going for.
Verdict: Right deal.
Matteo Guendouzi – Hertha Berlin (Loan)
It’s amazing to see how quickly Guendouzi’s stock has plummeted. However, according to all accounts, that is his own doing. Matteo has fallen out of favour with the Arsenal management, with his attitude and work ethic being criticised regularly. It’s a huge shame that a player with his obvious talent might not reach the heights that were expected of him, although if they have a rotten mentality then there’s nothing you can do.
At first, a loan deal doesn’t look too bad for Arsenal, as they still hang on to what was an expensive asset, which could be great if he flourishes at Berlin and matures. Early indications suggest that that’s not likely though, and when you add the context of how the club was looking for a cash deal for him, it’s not looking like good business.
Furthermore, the club received no loan fee for him and there’s no obligation for Hertha to buy, meaning he’s going to return with just 12 months left on his contract, and could subsequently get snatched away for free.
Verdict: Should have sold him.