Arsenal’s new signings make up top of squad
Arsène Wenger has signed nine new players this summer with seven of them arriving in the last 24 hours.
Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, Mathieu Debuchy, has joined Lyon from Chelsea for £27m.
He’s joined from Lille for £12m and he joins the likes of Mathieu Flamini and Santi Cazorla from Barcelona.
Wenger has also brought in six new signings, while he signed a new striker, Olivier Giroud, for around £18m.
There are five new full-backs, as well as a couple of new strikers, including Yannick Bolasie and Emmanuel Adebayor.
Another signing has been the return of Arsenal’s technical director, Greg Dyke.
“This summer we will be bringing on new players,” Dyke told reporters in Paris.
Arsenal were able to sign several high-profile players at the end of last season, including Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Kaboul, but it was the arrival of Arsenal players such as Giroud and Cazorl, who have brought the club’s talent up to the level of their rivals.
The arrival of new signings from other Premier League clubs has also helped Arsenal improve their position in the Premier League, with the Gunners currently in sixth position.
Besiktas, who finished eighth in the Turkish league last season and have already secured the Champions League spot, are the only team above Arsenal in the table, having finished bottom of the table last season.
On top of the transfers, Wenger has also signed a number of players to strengthen the squad ahead of next season.
Arsenal also announced a number players will be loaned out.
One of them, striker Cech, is expected to be loan to Championship side Derby County.
Other players that Wenger has loaned have included Lukas Podolski, Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna.
Despite the squad changes, Arsenal’s overall position remains the same.
After winning the title in the 2014/15 season, Arsenal finished third in the league, six points behind Manchester City.
In 2015/16, Arsenal won the FA Cup with a 4-0 win over Tottenham, while in 2016/17, they beat Chelsea to win the league and Europa League with a 2-1 win over Bayern Munich.
It’s the same story in the Champions Cup this season, where Arsenal will face Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Monchengladbach and Manchester City in the group stages.
On the other hand, the Gunns return to the top of Europe with a fourth successive league title.
For Arsenal fans, this season has been a long one, but this season was a good one for the club.