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Alright, alright. We're sorry. We were rather premature and a little harsh in our writing off of Arsene Wenger as a deadline day loser. And to be fair, it was looking like he would be for a while, but after bagging Mikel Arteta and pulling Yossi Benayoun out from under Liverpool's reach, he may be able to get the Gunners right back on track.
Wenger was a hard man to pin down on deadline day (hence our skepticism and snark), with moves swinging between good-but-uninspiring picks (Park Chu-Young) to wildly ambitious last-minute grabs (Wesley Sneijder). With all eyes on Wenger yesterday, he was in a bit of a catch-22: but if he made a drastic move for a Sneijder type, he'd be accused of being desperate.
But when all was said and done, Wenger did walk the line pretty well, all things considered. Arteta will bring raw talent and excitement and Benayoun the forward-thinking and leadership the Gunners need in the midfield. In addition, Per Mertesacker will bring strength and experience to a defense in need of some big repairs and André Santos (although perhaps still maybe a bit steep) is no stranger to globetrotting as a veteran of the Brazilian national team and could prove especially useful in Arsenal's Champions League campaign (that's still a thing, everyone!).
If you'll forgive the mixing of children's sports movie metaphors, Wenger has turned Arsenal's narrative from Bad News Bears to D2: The Mighty Ducks, where a ragtag group of highly-talented misfits from all over join with some beloved regulars, learn to work together and ultimately win matches and hearts.
Deadline day is a weird, weird thing and it's a gamble for any club in any league. Some days, you're Wigan with Al-Habsi and other days you're Liverpool with Joe Cole. Wenger and the rest of the Premiership's transfer-happy managers still have a ways to go, and we'll have to wait until next weekend to see if the moves paid off. It may be a very, very different league come September 10th.
Now go forth you Gooners, pack the Emirates and start coming up with words that rhyme with "Mertesacker."