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Arsenal’s record £142m spree but clear-out comes up short


They specifically targeted young players and they have stuck to that model, signing no one over the age of 23. Some of the fees look a tad high — namely for Aaron Ramsdale and Ben White — but the Gunners will hope over time they pay off after spending a club record amount for a transfer window of £142milllion.

Arsenal struggled, however, to get players out the door and that was a problem for them throughout the transfer window. The transfer market has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, hurting clubs’ finances, and that has not helped.

The club will still, however, have expected to shift more players or commanded greater fees for those that did leave. They are due money next summer, at least, when Konstantinos Mavropanos and Matteo Guendouzi will make their loans permanent. The club will hope that Lucas Torreira also impresses enough to seal a permanent switch to Fiorentina.

Ins and outs

Aaron Ramsdale (Sheffield United, £24m)

Albert Sambi Lokonga (Anderlecht, £15m)

Ben White (Brighton, £50m)

Martin Odegaard (Real Madrid, £30m)

Nuno Tavares (Benfica, £7m)

Takehiro Tomiyasu (Bologna, £16m)

Alex Runarsson (Loan, OH Leuven)

Ben Sheaf (Coventry, undisclosed)

Daniel Ballard (Millwall, loan)

Harry Clarke (Ross County, loan)

Hector Bellerin (Loan, Real Betis)

Joe Willock (Newcastle, £25m)

Mark McGuinness (Cardiff, undisclosed)

Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille, loan)

Matt Smith (Doncaster, loan)

Miguel Azeez (Portsmouth, loan)

Lucas Torreira (Fiorentina, loan)

Reiss Nelson (Loan, Feyernoord)

Shkodran Mustafi (Released)

Trae Coyle (FC Lausanne-Sport, undisclosed)

Tyreece John-Jules (Blackpool, loan)

William Saliba (Marseille, loan)

Willian (Free, Corinthians)

Zech Medkley (KV Oostende, undisclosed)


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