Arsenal’s transfer business since the appointment of Mikel Arteta has been ruthless, and there’s no better example to prove this than in the 40-year-old manager’s sales last summer.
Whilst only two senior players were offloaded for good, numerous other names were loaned out never to return to Arsenal again, with five in total leaving the Emirates Stadium last summer.
The upcoming transfer window could see a similar tactic from Arteta and technical director, with the likes of Cedric Soares and Bernd Leno set for the exit. Yet how have those who were sold last summer actually performed this season, and is leaving Arsenal really for the best for some players?
Arsenal’s biggest transfer sale in some time, Joe Willock left his boyhood club for Newcastle United for a reported £25m after impressing with the Magpies last season, where the England youth international went on a goal-scoring tear.
Willock’s incredible form raised question marks over why Arsenal would even sell the 22-year-old, yet one season on from the midfielder’s departure, Edu’s decision to sell the youngster has been proven right, with the youngster scoring just two goals in all competition.
A player who left Arsenal on loan but now looks set to join his new club on a permanent deal, Lucas Torreira has returned to his best since signing for ACF Fiorentina for the season, and the midfielder now looks set to remain in Italy.
With reports of a deal close to being agreed between Arsenal and Fiorentina, Torreira finally looks set to leave north London four years after joining the club, with every supporter no doubt hopeful that the Uruguayan international continues to impress in Tuscany.
Has there ever been a free transfer more disastrous than Willian? Signed on a three-year deal worth a reported £200,000-a-week, everybody, including the Brazilian himself, wanted him gone at Arsenal, and after ripping up his contract for free, the winger returned home to Corinthians.
Now in his first full with the club, Willian has impressed for the Brazilian giants, with the attacker playing regular football at starting in the Copa Libertadores, a competition that Corinthians will be hoping to win this season with the experience of the former Arsenal attacker.
Hector Bellerin will always be an Arsenal fan favourite, yet even the most die-hard of supporters will even have to admit that the Spanish international was ready for a new change of scenery this season, and the decision to move on the defender has been worth it.
Bellerin has played a key role for Real Betis this season in their Copa del Rey capture as well as their European finish in La Liga, and just like Torreira, the defender is set to stay with the Seville-based side on a permanent deal.
The third and final loan move Arsenal completed last summer that will turn into a permanent deal is that of Matteo Guendouzi, who this season has taken his game to a whole new level with Olympique Marseille.
A regular for the France national team and set to play UEFA Champions League football next season, Guendouzi has been outstanding for Marseille this campaign, and with the Ligue 1 side set to activate their option-to-buy clause for the youngster, Arsenal have seemingly let another talented player slip through their fingertips for cheap.