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.

Follow us on Twitter @goonermemoirsand stay the cause, there’s a whole season ahead of us still.


Posted on September 1, 2011, in News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. 1st…. 😀 😀

    Moving on.. This is what we’ve always wanted.. Experience.. The Last 3days saw us bring in players above 25 Wiv loads of experience.. Just the right mix wiv the youthful talent we gt in the Upcoming youngsters.I aint gon put my mind on we winning a trophy buh ill be glad if that happens..
    Wish em good luck tho.. Happy Lazy arshavin can go back to smiling from the bench.

  2. There’s always room for more experienced and matured footballing side. Hopefully believing that we’re covered in some key areas we have been lacking though I still don’t see that striker that can do it alongside RVp. Let’s hope Per is up to the task.

  3. I said I’ll reserve my comments till the 1st.. Arsenal have done the unthinkable. I’m ecstatic!!!. We can now compete. Let’s see how we do against Swansea.

  4. I said that i am looking at the positive side of our humiliation by man u last week , at list sir Ferguson has awaken prof. wenger from his deep slumber. if not for that humiliation the arsenal fan all over the world who was complaining of wenger not been active when the window started was not taken seriously , when i call then OBI IS A BOY players wenger reacted negatively that . i always say that history will always vindicate the just , wenger first fool is not a fool but a second fool is foolish,be prepare to add quality to what you have now in January and see arsenal challenging for the title. it may sound funny but it is realisable.O2 for life.

  5. I think Wenger was ready to spend more – with a 35 m pounds failed bid on Mario Gotze. He therefore has 35m plus more for January transfer window. Then Hazard and Lille; Yann Mvilla and Rennees; Benzeme/Kaka and Real Madrid will have thought seriously about joining Arsenal. Anybody with an idea of what transfer window may be relatively cheap?

  6. Shane Ivan Kuvare

    Im very happy, you make my day Mr Wenger.

  7. .nobody is looking at the bigger picture here.we didn’t strengthen at the back.if Per picks up a knock we’re back to Kosc n Djorou.we should have got Cahill/Samba IMO.
    also Arteta and Benayoun are injury prone players y’all but hopefully we’ll make the best of blending our young boys with these lads.Wenger left it waaaaay too late again to get reinforcements.sadly, the only reason they spent is cuz our CL spot is under threat from Liverpool and Man City and not for trophies.but on the whole half bread is better than none.sorry gooners this is gonna be a long season for us.

    • Yeah if per gets a knock we have koscienly to come in and he has been immense alongside TV5. He was far from brilliant against Manure but it is JD that is the worry not Kozzer. JD was pathetic against manure and against Ude. TV5 and Per should make a great combo and Kozzer is an excellent player as 1st choice and playing alongside either of those two will enhance his game, he is a quality defender! We are much much stronger at the back with Per coming in, he is one of the best defenders in the world…bar none! 75 german caps at 26yrs speaks for itself, he’ll have 150 by the time he retires…cahill (2? right) and samba (20) have a total of around 22 between them, per was a far better option and incredible value…well done Arsene.

      Yossi is a quality player to bring in and adds much needed depth, techincal skills, flair, goals and intelligence. One injury plagued year doesn’t mean he is always going to be injured.

      Arteta is a great signing…perfect for this midfield, creativity, brilliant crosser and passer, free-kicks, pens and goals, all-round midfielder! perfect foil for jack and alex song and exactly the player ramsey needs to be under, he’ll learn more from Arteta than cesc i think.

      The brazilian is a bit unknown for me but he looks brilliant in attack…lets hope is is a tidy defender…22 selecao caps is nothing to sneeze at!!

      and Park is an absolute steal…this guy has loads of technique, HUGE work rate, can hit a ball and make a header, being from Australia we have seen him a bit in the international scene and he is one of the best in Asia!! Great all-round striker for 3million…QUE GANGA!!

      well done arsene…pity we didn’t get Goetze because he will be amazing, i hope arsene stays interested because IMHO i think he is the best young AM in world football, to reject a 35million bid is f-ing huge from Dortmund!! maybe next summer…
      i think this team is definitely in the top four best in England now and can challenge for the title and cups…exp came in, creativity came in, leadership came in, height came in, goals came in!! this is what people asked so lets have some positivity and believe gooners!! with Jackie boy to come back we have the best midfield in the prem in song, jack and Arteta

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