Arsène Wenger spent almost £100m on transfers last summer and with the campaign finally over, it’s time to rate his acquisitions.
Granit Xhaka, Shkodran Mustafi, Rob Holding and Lucas Perez are all rated…
Granit Xhaka – 8/10
Perhaps you may feel this rating is too high, but hear me out.
The 24-year-old Switzerland international came into England’s top flight with a reputation for poor discipline and concentration but has helped improve Arsenal’s fluidity in midfield.
A fee in the region of £30m was agreed and although he’s still got room to develop, you cannot deny that his presence has added more steel and a dynamic edge to Arsenal’s midfield.
Xhaka’s impressive performances have naturally gone unnoticed and he finished the Premier League season with only 5 yellows in 32 games – far fewer than people would have you believe. Plus, his passing….
Shkodran Mustafi – 8/10
Although he reportedly wasn’t the club’s top defensive target at one point, Mustafi’s arrival has helped boost the club’s defence.
There was a period in the campaign that, just like many others within the side, Mustafi’s form dipped and performances were being heavily scrutinised. He came out of a tough period stronger and finished the season well, despite missing this weekend’s FA Cup Final through illness caused by concussion.
It hasn’t been a perfect debut campaign but the 25-year-old has shown enough potential to justify his inclusion as part of Arsenal’s backline for years to come.
Rob Holding – 10/10
Given his age, current ability and potential to develop further in future, Rob Holding’s £2m move from Bolton continues to be heralded as a steal.
The 21-year-old hasn’t looked fazed alongside more experienced defenders and it’s refreshing to see a young Englishman thriving when given the opportunity at Arsenal.
The centre-back has quickly become a fan favourite whilst his performances have assured all that he will play more minutes next term.
Lucas Pérez – 6/10
£17m is a hefty price-tag for someone with limited European pedigree, but Lucas has shown flashes of why Arsene opted to sign him last summer.
Niggling injuries have meant the Spaniard’s chances for constant first-team action were limited and although he made his thoughts on the matter clear, it’d be a shame to lose a genuine attacking outlet just twelve months after signing him.