DEADLINE EXCLUSIVE : Arsenal Sign FIVE Players in Three Days. Get To Know Them
Transfer deadline days generally see a number of deals struck but yesterday’s was particularly edge of seat stuff with the club finally springing to life and completing four signings before the 11 o’clock deadline; the last beating that time by mere minutes.
With a squad of names linked to the club over the last 48 hours of the transfer window, below is a quick load down of the quartet that arrived on deadline day; as well as a ‘steal’ a day before, with their squad number against their name where available.
CHU YOUNG PARK (9) – On the very brink of becoming a Lille player, Chu Young Park signed from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco for £2.6m on Tuesday much to the Lille management’s anger… pretty much dashing any chance of a certain Hazard coming our way.
Anyway, the 26 year old South Korea captain has played at two World Cups (2006 and 2010) and featured in 91 matches for the Principality club over three seasons, scoring 25 goals along the way. He is known to be a dead ball specialist and his crucial free kick in the 2-2 draw against Nigeria at the last World Cup qualified his country from the group stage.
PER MERTESACKER (4) – The imposing 26 year old arrives for £8.8m from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen where he made 142 appearances in five seasons, scoring a dozen goals and contesting a Europa League final in 2007.
The 6ft 6in German international comes highly rated with a record of just one yellow card and one red card in his last four seasons at the Bundesliga and has appeared at two successive World Cup semi-finals with the German national team where he has 75 caps so far.
ANDRÉ CLARINDO DOS SANTOS (11) – A bit of a surprise arrival as he only came up on the rumour mill monitoring Arsenal’s transfer movement on Tuesday evening, Santos’ arrival is a very welcome one in light of how weak our left back position is at the moment with Armand Traore now (thankfully) gone and Kieran Gibbs still unproven.
For a fee in the region of £6m, the former Fernabahce left back has 22 caps for the Selacao of Brazil to his name and 10 goals in 52 league appearances for Fernabahce. He has won two Brazilian Cups, a Turkish league title, the 2009 Confederations Cup and also played all four of Brazil’s matches at the last Copa America.
YOSSI BENAYOUN – The 31 year old Israeli’s arrival on a season long loan from Chelsea stirs mixed reactions among Gooners based on him making just a handful of appearances in his time so far at west London coupled with the half year injury lay off soon after arriving there from a successful spell at Liverpool where he scored 18 goals in 92 appearances.
Hopefully he is over his injury troubles and can impart his intelligent play across the attacking midfield end of the pitch, perhaps wake the dulling football spirit of Andrey Arshavin while at it.
MIKEL ARTETA – At 29, he may be five years older than he-who-has-finally-returned-home and may also not have a single cap with the Spanish national team but he is no doubt a quality signing from Everton at a fee believed to be £10m.
He will certainly fill in as the creative feet in midfield and hopefully, Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott will no more be short of the much needed assists from the middle of the park with the Spaniard now around.
Arteta has played in the Premier League since 2005 and made 174 appearances with the Toffees, scoring 28 goals during his spell at Goodison Park. He, by the way, was a Barcelona trainee but I don’t reckon we’ll be having such episode with him.
All that said, it was a busy day on the outgoing section of the transfer window for Arsenal with out of favour striker Nicklas Bendtner off to Sunderland on loan for the season after being reportedly rejected by Stoke City.
Armand Traore has also left the Emirates though is still around in London after sealing a three year deal with newly promoted Queens Park Rangers. Henri Lansbury also remains in the capital after going on loan to Championship side West Ham United.
New signing Joel Campbell will be at Ligue 1 side Lorient on loan for the season and Gilles Sunu will be at the French club with him though the U-21 French international joins Lorient on a three year deal.
Not the marquee signings everyone craved but very good signings in the most important areas.It certainly will be a refreshed atmosphere in the dressing room when first team players return from national team duties and Gooners certainly are glad of the steps taken to correct a dearth in depth brought to skeletal bare in that gruesome defeat at Old Trafford.
Thank you Sir Alex for bucking le Professeur back to life (at least I hope it has) and I hope never to have to be a position to do so again.
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Posted on September 1, 2011, in News and tagged Andre Santos, Arsenal, Chu Young Park, Mikel Arteta, Nicklas Bendtner, Per Mertesacker, Premier League, Yossi Benayoun. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.