Mikel Arteta looked satisfied by the time the deadline was over, having added strength to his team a strong player Thomas Partey who transferred from his team Atletico for 45 million pounds.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures from the sidelines during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 8, 2020. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures from the sidelines during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in London on November 8, 2020. (Photo by Andy Rain / POOL / AFP)

The journey was not simple, with a load of renewals and fresh signings drawn from a pool of strong football clubs worldwide. 

The main challenge that Arsenal faced was money as the COVID lockdowns had left the club to survive on a tight budget throughout the lockdown season.

Who did Arsenal sign?

Thomas Partey

Thomas Partey came in as the champion in the signing, vital to Arsenal’s midfield. Arteta envisioned bringing on board a player who was physically fit and could run fast. The clock was ticking close and Aletco Madrid had not yet released Partey. It took heightened negotiations and a deal was struck barely 2 hours before the doors closed. To Arsenal, the midfielder will fill a gap that was desperately needed.

Runar Alex Runarsson

Emi Martinez left for Aston Villa, leaving Arsenal gasping for breath as they sought a replacement. To Arsenal, a goalkeeper had to come from a major team. Runar Alex was not a favorite for many Arsenal team members but he is a motivated young man. The 25-year-old Runar was signed in despite rumors that circulated on social media about posts he had made. 

Gabriel Magalhaes

High praises were bestowed upon Gabriel as he signed in into Arsenal. The Brazilian came from Lille for 23.4 million pounds. His presence in Arsenal will restore the much needed central defense as his signing was termed as superb work. He will add value because he signed in as a young player, 22 years old, and will serve Arsenal for several years. 

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Nikolaj Moller

Moller is one of the players who had the lowest price on his head at just 500 thousand pounds. He is seen as a signing for Arsenal’s future. The player stands tall, slightly above 6.5 feet and is blessed with a physique. He brings his unique abilities to Arsenal and the team managers are hopeful that the player will use his unique talent to raise Arsenal’s glory.

Who is targeted for signing?

January 2021 is expected to be a busy month for Arsenal as they add to their team of players more seasoned members from teams around Europe. Some of the expected fresh signings are potential players who missed the deadline day. 

Apart from the few who missed the signings, Arsenal is wooing more members into their pool ahead of the next season. For some, negotiations are almost complete and all that remains is the players appending their signatures. Some of the expected signings are. 

Thomas Lemar

Thomas almost signed in before the deadline day but is likely to return with a higher figure in his bid. In the 2016/2017 season, Thomas scored 9 goals and recorded 10 assists and an average of 22 passes per game. 

The midfielder is 21 years old and holds a bright future of becoming a star in the premier league within a few years. 

Ibrahima Konate

Coming from Bundesliga, Konate is likely to raise his price as high as 54 million pounds, a price that might need a lot of negotiation by the Arsenal team. The 21-year-old is likely to become the ideal of Arsenal’s candidate. Konate has proved himself to be well experienced in the field. 

Arsenal’s recruitment of youthful players is strategic as they seek a pool of players for the future. The team is determined to work on saving money that could otherwise be used for buying players in the future.

Dominik Szoboszlai

Dominic plays for Red Bull as a midfielder and he is in demand in most European football teams. Arsenal is facing stiff competition for the player against the other teams and it’s becoming like a game of who will win first. 

That alone is enough to give him better-negotiating terms. In the last three seasons, the player from Hungary has recorded 25 goals. Despite scoring many goals for red bull, Dominic is desirous of joining bigger teams.

Paston Daka

The RB Salzburg player is a scorer, having garnered 22 goals in total for all games played by Salzburg. He is being eyed by both Arsenal and Spur, although signs point to his likelihood of signing into Arsenal. January 2021 will be a month to look forward to for the young player and his prospective teams. 


It is not uncommon to see team players shifting to other teams after the close of a season. Arsenal is coming from a stressful period that made governments impose lockdowns across the globe. With the ambitious task of signings when finances are limited, it is not clear if the team will make it to sustain its members until the club recovers financially. Mikel Arteta is hopeful that all shall work out well as he feels he now has the right team. 

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