Arsenal Transfers: Rating the Effectiveness of Last Year's Late-Summer Signings

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Arsenal Transfers: Rating the Effectiveness of Last Year's Late-Summer Signings
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After the catastrophic 8-2 defeat to rivals Manchester United, Arsenal was in a perilous position at the start of last season.

The Old Trafford massacre prompted Arsene Wenger to return to the transfer market, which resulted in a flurry of panic buys in a bid to fortify the squad for the upcoming campaign.

With the 2012 window almost closed, it is almost exactly a year since the five last-gasp signings were sanctioned; but what impact have the players had at the club so far?

Were the transfers really just knee-jerk reactions, or were they a wise and justified move on Wenger's part?

This article analyzes how effective the new faces were in their debut season.

Note: the list does not include Gervinho, Carl Jenkinson or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they were all signed by the club before the defeat to Manchester United, thus they were not a part of the five late summer signings that Wenger made.

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