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The summer transfer window has been as busy as ever across all the league. Gareth Bale finally completed his dream move to Real Madrid for £85million on Sunday and was unveiled at the Bernabeu on Monday.

Bale isn't the only marquee signing this summer however with Neymar, Thiago Alcantara, Edinson Cavani, Radamel Falcao and Mario Gotze are just some of the players to leave for pastures new.

It isn't just limited to the foreign leagues however, the Premier League surpassed it's all time spending record in one window with Premier League sides spending over £600m collectively.

Joe Glanville assesses the five best signings of the summer across all the new arrivals in the Premier League.

5) Samuel Eto'o: Eto'o has enjoyed an illustrious career that has included Champions League triumphs with Barcelona and Inter Milan, but at the ripe old age of 32 has seen his career regress after joining Anzhi Mackachkala.

Chelsea have secured his services on a free transfer however, after being linked with Wayne Rooney for much of the summer. With no fee being paid, the one negative of this deal is his wages but Abramovich won't care.

However, Chelsea might be the perfect stage for Eto'o to prove he's still capable of performing at the highest level. With a perceived lack of motivation, playing for a team competing for the title in the best league in the world might mean Eto'o will flourish. The Cameroonian could be the decisive factor in Chelsea winning the title.

4) Jesus Navas: The inclusion of Navas in the top five might divide opinion given his age and his perceived 'home sickness'. But I think his inclusion will be justified at the end of the season.

The flying winger joins for £17m from Spanish side Sevilla and will be looking to perform well this season ahead of the World Cup next summer. Navas will add another dimension to City's game with his pace and dynamic wingplay.

Arguably City's biggest flaw in recent seasons has been their lack of width which has proven costly in a lot of games. Navas rectifies that and will be the decisive factor in a lot of games for City this season.

3) Wilfried Bony: Swansea City's new number ten joined for what might be considered a paltry £12M given the inflation in the transfer market.

The Ivory Coast forward arrives following a very impressive season for Vitesse Arnhem which saw him become the Eredivisie top goalscorer with a spectacular 31 goals in 30 games.

Of course the Premier League is a different playing field and it remains to be seen if the 24 year-old an replicate last seasons form or surpass it, but the prospect of Bony and Michu working in tandem is very exciting and next year his £12m price tag could be considered a snip.

2) Romelu Lukaku: To place Lukaku in second is an easy decision considering his highly impressive showing at West Brom last season.

The powerful 20-year-old looked set to stay at Chelsea with Jose Mourinho a big fan, while question marks have been held over Fernando Torres and Demba Ba.

The young sensation has secured a loan deal to Everton, meaning he will be playing for a stronger side than last season and the experience gained will be invaluable and help him surpass last seasons performances.

Lukaku is a striking resemblance to former Chelsea fan favourite Didier Drogba, possessing the same pace, power and technique. Expect him to be a revelation at Everton.

1) Mesut Ozil: The multi-talented Germany international joins Arsenal with a very high price tag at £42.5m, but his ability isn't in question.

The playmaker isn't exactly essential with Arsenal possessing plenty of creativity in Santi Cazorla and Jack Wilshere and it's widely believed Arsenal had more pressing matters to address in their side, but Ozil's quality cannot be overlooked.

It's quite similar to United signing Robin van Persie ironically. It wasn't a signing that was a necessity for United, but it a statement of intent for United and a morale boost for the rest of the squad. Likewise, Ozil will have a similar influence at Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger was beaming after the signing of Ozil, saying: "We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil.

"He is a great player, with proven quality at both club and international level. We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player.

“I have said throughout the summer that we have been working hard to bring in top quality players to this football club. This has involved many many people across the Club and I have always had the full support of the Club in making decisions on the football side."

Wenger will be confident of Arsenal's chances this season if Ozil can perform to the level expect of him.

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