Transfer Window Review: Arsenal
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Five word review: Better late than never, Arsene.
In: Mesut Özil (Real Madrid, £42m), Mathieu Flamini (AC Milan, Free), Yaya Sanogo (Auxerre, Free), Emiliano Viviano (Palermo, Loan).
Out: Gervinho (Roma, £8m), Vito Mannone (Sunderland, £2m), Martin Angha (FC Nuremburg, Undisclosed), Marouane Chamakh (Crystal Palace, Free), Andre Santos (Flamengo, Undisclosed), Andrei Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg, Free), Denilson (Sao Paulo, Free), Craig Eastmond (Colchester, Free), Kyle Ebecilio (FC Twente, Free).
Jernade Meade (Swansea City, Free), Sead Harjovic (Grasshopper, Free), Elton Monteiro (Club Brugge, Free), Philip Roberts (Falkirk, Free), Reice Charles-Cook (Bury, Free), Sébastien Squillaci (Bastia, Free), Sanchez Watt (Colchester, Free), Jordan Wynter (Bristol City, Free), Josh Vickers (Canvey Island, Loan).
Chuks Aneke (Crewe, Loan), Joel Campbell (Olympiacos, Loan), Francis Coquelin (Frieburg, Loan), Johan Djourou (Hamburg, Loan), Ignasi Miquel (Leicester, Loan), Wellington (Real Murcia, Loan).
Released: Samir Bihmoutinel, Daniel Boateng, Zach Fagan, Conor Henderson, Nigel Neita, Josh Rees, James Shea.
– A last minute change of philosophy that suggests Arsene Wenger is now prepared to spend money on big-name players rather than just people he thinks he can turn into big-name players.
– Secured the best Premier League signing to capitalise on the momentum of beating Spurs last weekend.
– What they really needed was a centre-back and a striker to challenge Olivier Giroud, neither of which emerged.