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Why Arsenal Didn't Have Big Name Deadline Signing

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 6, 2016

Two summers, two very different stories for Arsenal.

Arsenal remained curiously quiet on transfer deadline day this summer, refusing to make a big-name signing while their Premier League rivals spent heavily.

Last summer followed a different script as the Gunners and manager Arsene Wenger splashed the money on several players—including defender Per Mertesacker and midfielder Mikel Arteta—on the final day of the transfer window.

So why did Arsenal—and Arsene—change things up this summer? There are several possible explanations.

Did Wenger feel that Arsenal already had enough quality in the squad? Or is he relying on players to return from long-term injuries and serve as just-like-new signings?

Or was Wenger simply satisfied with the signings he had already made? After all, Arsenal signed Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla well in advance of the deadline.

In this clip, B/R Lead Writer Michael Cummings discusses Arsenal’s inactivity at the summer transfer deadline.

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