Ben Turner on the Transfer Window…

Now that the season is underway and the transfer window is closed I’d like to have my say on how I felt our Transfer window went and share my brief thoughts on our summer signings.

Given that this summer we have seen a complete re-structuring of Arsenal football club in the wake of Arsene Wenger’s departure and the fact this was a World Cup year I believe that Unai Emery and the recruitment team have had a successful 1st summer, each acquisition having addressed a key area.

Stephan Lichtsteiner – the 1st through the door and divided the opinions of the fan base mainly because of his age (34) however having watched Lichtsteiner during the World cup I have no doubt he will prove a shrewd bit of business. He will provide defensive cover at both RB & LB and given he has been a part of the success that Juventus have had over the last 7 years he has a winning mentality that I’m sure will translate to other members of the squad. I find it refreshing that the clubs are able to look at what a player can offer without being concerned about his age.  Listening to him speak recently, the way in which he spoke reassured me of how invaluable his maturity can be.

Sokratis – His arrival from Borrusia Dortmund is a transfer that reassured me that after years of defensive frailties we as a club were looking to sure up those problems by adding another experienced CB, Sokratis enjoyed a successful spell in Germany  and although towards the end of his time at Dortmund he wasn’t spectacular I believe we have a real leader in the centre of our defense now.

Bernd Leno – a welcome addition the squad, we have seen the GK position come under immense scrutiny down the years with Petr Cech not really showing anywhere near the type of form he once did at Chelsea & David Ospina failing to fill the fans with any confidence.  It’s an arrival that given time will really take off, Leno has made over 300+ senior appearances and for such a young goalkeeper he has real pedigree, it’s a signing I’m really excited about.

Lucas Torreira – given that it’s taken so many years to bring in a defensive midfielder of quality I am absolutely thrilled the club pulled this one off, many fans who hadn’t seen Torreira during his time at Sampdoria managed to get a glimpse of him for Uruguay during the summers WC, he tops my chart of summer acquisitions, once he has settled I firmly believe he will be the 1st name on the team sheet, he really is going to add that defensive intelligence in MF we have lacked for many years.

Then came 19 year old Matteo Guendouzi, a Central Midfielder from Lorient, Relatively unknown it was viewed that his arrival would mean a stint away from the 1st team, We couldn’t of been more wrong having seen him earn a well deserved start against Man City last Sunday.  He was arguably our best player of the pre-season, definitely a player we can look forward to seeing more of in the future.

Thanks for reading.

Ben Turner



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