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Premier League summer transfer window: review part one

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ARSENAL

Another frustrating transfer window for fans of the Gunners. Once again Arsene Wenger was reluctant to spend the money and thus the north London club finished the window with just one addition. Fans can take consolation in the fact that Petr Cech is an excellent signing. Although he looked shaky on his debut he is still undoubtedly a top-class goalkeeper.

While they've strengthened at one end they've failed to at the other. Their forward options still look weak compared to their rivals. They also seem no closer to finding an adequate replacement for Patrick Vieira.

VERDICT: 4/10

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ASTON VILLA

It was a huge blow for Villa when Christian Benteke departed for Liverpool. Thankfully Tim Sherwood has not hesitated to reinvest that cash. Promising young striker Jordan Ayew arrived while they also managed to secure the signature of Rudy Gestede, who managed 20 goals for Blackburn last season.

New boy Idrissa Gueye has impressed in his first few appearances for the club. Micah Richards and deadline day signing Joleon Lescott will help to strengthen a defence that has looked fragile in recent seasons.

VERDICT: 7/10

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BOURNEMOUTH

The Premier League new boys have been very active over the summer. The highly rated Tyrone Mings was an early capture and should nail down a regular spot in the team eventually. Max Gradel's injury is a huge blow, the winger managed an impressive 17 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Glenn Murray joined the club on deadline day and will offer support for Callum Wilson. The former Crystal Palace striker has already proved he can score goals in the Premier League and is reasonably priced at £4 million.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

CHELSEA

Had Chelsea made a more characteristic start to the season, no one would've bat an eyelid at their transfer activity. Compared to last summer it’s been rather underwhelming. Pedro is their most high-profile signing and will likely prove to be a steal at just £21.4 million.

The Blues pursued John Stones all summer but missed out on the youngster, while people are being too quick to write off John Terry, the fact is he will need replacing sooner rather than later. Radamel Falcao has arrived as back up to Diego Costa. However there are concerns over whether he or Loic Remy are good enough to lead the line in Costa’s absence.

VERDICT: 5.5/10

CRYSTAL PALACE

Palace look a comfortable Premier League side these days and have done good business this summer. Yohan Cabaye is without doubt one of the signings of the summer and he’ll strengthen Palace’s already excellent midfield.

Bakary Sako tore up the Championship last season and the early signs are that he can make his park on the top tier. Glenn Murray departed on deadline day but, in Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford, they have two young strikers who’ll be desperate to make their mark this season.

VERDICT: 8/10

EVERTON

Everton operate on a very tight budget so spending wisely was once again crucial. Their greatest achievement of the summer is holding on to John Stones, fair play to them for sticking to their guns. Tom Cleverley will look to get his career back on track at Goodison, he’s got the ability, confidence is what he’s lacking.

The exciting Gerard Deulofeu returns on a permanent deal and fans will hope he enjoys the best years of his career on Merseyside. With Phil Jagielka ageing, the signing of centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori could be an important one.

VERDICT: 6.5/10

LEICESTER CITY

Leicester’s survival has enabled them to make some quality additions this summer. Robert Huth has made his loan move a permanent one, which is good news for a team who’ll want more defensive stability this season. The signing of Napoli’s Gokhan Inler is an intelligent one after the club lost Esteban Cambiasso.

The ‘Tinkerman’ will be pleased with the forward options at his disposal following the arrival of Shinji Okazaki. The Japanese striker boasts an impressive goal scoring record in Germany. The loan signing of Nathan Dyer was possibly the best signing made on deadline day and he’ll bolster their midfield.

VERDICT: 7.5/10

LIVERPOOL

Brendan Rodgers has invested heavily once again and he’ll hope he’s got it right this time. Nathaniel Clyne is arguably their signing of the summer and he looks to be the solution to the problem at right-back. Joe Gomez went under the radar but has not looked out of his depth in the Premier League so far.

James Milner’s free transfer was a shrewd bit of business because he’ll help to fill the void left by Steven Gerrard. Both Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke were a tad overpriced but they are both still young and yet to reach their peak, so should be given time to prove themselves.

VERDICT: 8/10

MANCHESTER CITY

After failing to defend their title, City have invested heavily this summer. Many will take a dim view of their spending, but you can’t deny that they’ve made quality additions. Despite one of the most prolonged sagas of the summer and a ridiculous fee, Raheem Sterling has actually made a pretty good start to life at the club.

Nicolas Otamendi was stolen from under the nose of their city rivals and will be a superb partner for Vincent Kompany, once he can displace Eliaquim Mangala. Their most expensive signing was Kevin De Bruyne. The Belgian has impressed in the Bundesliga but struggled in England previously. No one quite knows where he’ll fit in yet.

VERDICT: 9/10

MANCHESTER UNITED

A transfer window of two halves for United. Great start, disappointing end. The club's early business was conducted swiftly. Matteo Darmian could be their signing of the summer, he’s adapted seamlessly to the Premier League.

Memphis Depay arrived for a pretty price, he’s impressed in Holland but the Premier League will be a big step up. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin will help to solve their troublesome midfield problems.

Though their early business was good many are still feeling rather underwhelmed now the window has closed. The David de Gea situation was handled poorly and they could now face a season with the unconvincing Sergio Romero as number one. Failure to bring in a centre-half and a proven goal scorer mean that this transfer window can’t be classed as a success.

VERDICT: 6/10

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