The 2016-17 football season is almost upon us. The teams and managers are gearing up. Most teams have or are in the process of wrapping up their transfer business. Here we analyse the transfer window performance of the top 5 English teams. The teams are ranked in alphabetical order.
Signings: Granit Xhaka, Takuma Asano, Rob Holding
In the last three seasons, Arsene Wenger has been able to make at least one marquee signing. It was Ozil in 2013, Sanchez in 2014 and Petr Cech in 2015.
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As of now, the best that Arsenal have managed this season is Granit Xhaka. The tough tackling Swedish medio should prove to be a hit. With the exodus of Arteta and Flamini, the Gunners were in the market for a defensive midfielder. They seem to have hit their mark.
However, it is the lack of activity in the forward and back lines that will worry their supporters. As far as Rob Holding is considered, he is not the finished product. In spite of his impressive efforts at Bolton, he is not a guaranteed starter.
There has been talk of a move for Shkodran Mustafi. The German international would be exactly what Arsenal need. That would leave them only lacking a forward to support/complement Giroud.
Transfer Activity rating: 3/5