Arsenal’s New Era


The ‘New Era’

After a hectic summer transfer window and a record outlay on players we will look at the course of events that led to this moment dubbed the ‘new era’.

Rewind all the way back to the start of the transfer window; unusually for Arsenal it seemed like their transfer business would be done early and decisively. Central midfielder Granit Xhaka was the first man through the door for a considerable fee and it appeared that Jamie Vardy would be the next player to arrive after his release clause was met.

It looked promising, two problem positions appeared to have been solved early with only the central defensive position left to be filled by an experienced professional. However, this is where the issues that Arsenal fans are so accustomed to started. The Jamie Vardy deal stalled and eventually fell through. Indecisiveness by the Arsenal board resulted in more and more time passing with no notable signings in the positions that many Arsenal fans have been calling for, whilst close rivals strengthened significantly.

Going into the new season Arsenal fans were worried and this was justified following the disappointing result in the opening game of the season against Liverpool. It was clear more bodies were needed. What made this more agonising for Arsenal fans was the constant promises of significant transfer funds in the bank that was ready to be spent on players, however, again Arsenal fans were in a position all too familiar approaching the final weeks of the transfer window often said to be the time panic buying occurs.

Significant fan protest eventually led to swift action and the signings of Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi for more the £50m developed quickly.

Finally, the financial muscle talked about all summer was flexed and took the summer outlay to a new record close to £100m.

All the positions that the Arsenal fans have been wanting to be filled for a number of years has finally materialised and now Arsenal have a new spine which is often talked about as being crucial to any success.

So was the summer window a success? On one hand, with the record outlay, Arsenal fans will be happy that all the problem positions were filled by notable players; however, the indecisiveness this summer was very unconvincing and until this stops are Arsenal really in a ‘new era’.

Written by Milan Farhan