In the end it turned out to be a relatively quiet transfer deadline day for Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger seemingly confident that the work that needed to be done during the window had been completed in due time.
Gabriel Paulista and young Krystian Bielik were the two arrivals, whilst Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell and Yaya Sanogo all left on loan. Yet there was no business done by the Gunners in the last 24 hours of the January market, implying that Wenger is very happy with his squad.
Of course, like it or not, life moves on, and here at GiveMeSport we’re firm believers that the next piece of juicy news is just around the corner. Here we compile the best news from the Emirates Stadium post-deadline day.
There may not have been any exciting Spaniards or Italians pledging their futures to Wenger’s cause yesterday, but it would appear that the Frenchman was busy working on a deal for one of his own players.
Youngster Chuba Akpom has reportedly signed a four-and-a-half-year contract with the club, ending speculation that he was set to move to either Liverpool or Borussia Dortmund.
The 19-year-old’s deal was up this summer, prompting hot speculation that he could turn down Arsenal in order to move elsewhere and perhaps get more game-time. However it’s said that Wenger offered Akpom the biggest deal he’s ever given to someone of his age and experience, and in turn the forward duly signed on.
Meanwhile Per Mertesacker has shed light on a series of crisis meetings the Gunners held after their calamitous New Year’s Day defeat to Southampton.
The World Cup winner revealed that Arsenal had been left reeling by the 2-0 defeat at the St. Mary’s Stadium and insisted that much work had been done on trying to rectify the problems found in their defence. The weekend’s victory over Aston Villa was the fifth consecutive match they’ve won since that defeat.
Lastly this morning it emerged that Arsenal received a late offer from Napoli for midfielder Francis Coquelin, only for Wenger to flatly refuse. The midfielder has become an integral part of the Gunners first-team since the turn of the year, and so Benitez’s proposal was rebuffed.