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Arsenal's 2013 summer transfer business rated

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Yet another riveting Premier League season has come to its conclusion with Manchester City emerging as champions. This article looks at how Arsenal's transfers from last summer have fared and whether they have been worthwhile signings. We will also be looking at the youngsters who have spent time on loan to see if they might have the quality to break into the first team next season…

Transfers In - £42.5 million

Yaya Sanogo (Free) - Yet another French youngster, Sanogo arrived from Auxerre as a replacement for the Gunners’ main striker, Olivier Giroud. As is always the case with Arsenal players, Sanogo was ruled out for several weeks after sustaining a back injury whilst on international duty. However the starlet managed to make 8 appearances for the club in all competition but failed to find the net despite strong performances off the bench and an especially competent display on his debut in the FA Cup against Liverpool. Signing Rating: 6/10


Mathieu Flamini (Free) – The tough tackling midfielder re-joined the Gunners following his release from AC Milan. The Frenchman provided the combative attitude and decent range of passing as Arsenal started the season strongly. In 27 appearances, Flamini protected the back four aptly and chipped in with 2 goals as well. A strong season perhaps overshadowed by a lack of discipline, collecting 8 yellow cards and 1 red. Signing Rating: 7/10

Mesut Ozil (£42.5 million) – The marquee signing that Arsenal fans had been craving for years arrived in the form of Real Madrid’s attacking midfielder, Mesut Ozil. The most expensive German of all time made an instant impact on a demoralised Arsenal side as his wide range of passing and expert vision lifted Arsenal into first place. However into the New Year, Ozil’s form began to drop and so too did Arsenal’s, as they dropped out of the title race. There is no doubting that the playmaker is a top quality player (he provided 14 goals scoring 5 of them) and will continue to be a key player for Arsenal once he finds his feet in the English game. Signing Rating: 9/10

Loaned In - 2 Players

Emiliano Viviano – The Italian, drafted in from Palermo for the season, failed to make an appearance for the Gunners as Lukasz Fabianski was preferred as cover for Wojciech Szczesny. Signing Rating: 1/10

Kim Kallstrom – Brought in from Spartak Moscow in January to cover injury, Kallstrom was immediately ruled out with injury sustained in his first training session. However the Swede has managed 4 appearances for the Gunners. It is unlikely that he will stay past the end of the season. Signing Rating: 4/10

Loans Out – 11 Players
Damian Martinez (Sheffield Wednesday) – Signed on an emergency loan, the Argentine had a decent run between the sticks for Wednesday making his debut against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield. Martinez kept 2 clean sheets in his 11 games but impressed as Sheffield Wednesday extended his loan. However his appearances were very sporadic and it is unlikely he will take the Number 1 shirt from Wojciech Szczesny any time soon. First Team Chances: 2/10

Johan Djourou (Hamburg) – Following loan spells at Birmingham and Hannover, the Swiss international joined Hamburg last summer for another loan. The 27-year-old put in a string of fine performances in his 22 appearances in the Bundesliga prompting the German outfit to sign him permanently this summer. First Team Chances: 0/10

Daniel Boateng (Hibernian) – The 21-year-old Ghanaian defender failed to make much of an impact in the SPL making only one start and 2 substitute appearances. First Team Chances: 1/10

Ignasi Miquel (Leicester) – The Spaniard was used predominantly during Leicester’s League Cup run in which he scored the goal that knocked out Premier League side, Fulham. Miquel also played 6 games at centre-back for the Foxes as they comfortably won the Championship. Perhaps the imminent departure of Thomas Vermaelen could open the door for Miquel. First Team Chances: 4/10

Francis Coquelin (Freiburg) – The combative midfielder made quite and impact at Freiburg making 22 appearances as Freiburg finished 14th in the Bundesliga. The loan move gave the Frenchman some important European experience as Freiburg were knocked out of their Europa League Group. The 23-year-old also scored his 2nd career goal with the winner at Slovan Liberec. With Flamini and Arteta aging maybe there’ll be a chance for Coquelin to add to his 43 Arsenal appearances. First Team Chances: 7/10

Chuks Aneke (Crewe) – The English striker became a key player at Gresty Road as Crewe Alexandra narrowly escaped relegation to League 2 thanks to 14 goals in 36 games from the youngster. Arsenal lack depth up front and the creative forward could provide decent cover for Oliver Giroud. First Team Chances: 7/10

Joel Campbell (Olympiakos) – The Costa Rican gained vital Champions League experience as Olympiakos nearly shocked a bedraggled Manchester United in the Last 16. He popped up with his 1st European goal against the defending English champions. Campbell was a key player as Erythrolefkoi claimed their 9th consecutive Superleague title, scoring 8 goals in 32 appearances. He could provide key cover for Arsenal’s main strikers. First Team Chances: 9/10

Chuba Akpom (Coventry) – Akpom made his First Team debut as a substitute during Arsenal’s early win over Sunderland. However first team chances became limited and he moved to Brentford on loan. He lasted 4 games before returning and then set off for Coventry in February. The English striker failed to make an impact for The Sky Blues, failing to score in 5 appearances. It is unlikely that he’ll make it next season, despite the 18 year olds first taste of Premier League football earlier in the season. First Team Chances: 3/10

Wellington (Murcia) – The Brazilian winger spent his season at Segunda Division side, Real Murcia. Wellington was an important member of the squad, scoring twice in his 33 appearances as Murcia finished 5th. With the likes of Serge Gnabry and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain in the squad, it is unlikely he will be lining up for the Firsts soon. First Team Chances: 5/10

Benik Afobe (Sheffield Wednesday) – The second of Arsenal’s youngsters to arrive at Hillsborough, Benik Afobe proved a very useful asset for Wednesday, scoring twice from 12 appearances (8 of which as a substitute). A possible alternative as cover for the Gunners front men, but it is likely that he will be loaned out again. First Team Chances: 3/10

So overall a 27/50 for Arsenal. Not bad but perhaps wiser spending could have kept them in the title race longer. However these players did help Arsenal to their first trophy in a long time and it is no doubt that this will provide extra spending money for Arsene Wenger. With players like Mario Mandzukic, Serge Aurier and even Andres Iniesta being linked, Arsenal will certainly come back stronger next year.

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