Arsenal reshuffled their front office and planned to become one of the shrewdest operators in the transfer market following Arsene Wenger’s departure.
Sven Mislintat with entrusted with identifying the finest young talent around Europe which could be cheaply and developed in north London, with a high profit margin on any players who wanted to leave.
After the German left his post earlier this year, the Gunners made their way through the summer window without replacing Mislintat but former player Edu was brought in soon afterwards to give the club some direction.
Eleven players have come through the door at Arsenal post-Wenger – with nine still donning the shirt – so how have they done? Express Sport take a look…
Stephan Lichtsteiner – Miss
The Juventus full-back was drafted in to add experience and leadership to Arsenal’s backline but failed to deliver either in an error-prone one-season stay.
Denis Suarez – Miss
Perhaps the worst signing thus far, the only saving grace being it was a six-month loan. Suarez was hit with injury troubles during his stint and failed to impress in six appearances.
Matteo Guendouzi – Hit
The young Frenchman was a slow burner during his first season but has developed into a livewire in the middle of the park who is now adding goal contributions to his game. Looks a bargain for £7million and always wants the ball.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos – Miss
Promised so much after arriving for £17m from Borussia Dortmund but has failed to shore up the backline and looks increasingly uncomfortable playing out from the back.
Bernd Leno – Hit
Has not taken the world by storm between the sticks but is composed on the ball and a decent enough shot-stopper to warrant the Arsenal No 1 shirt for a few more years.
Lucas Torreira – Miss
Started so well last season with his tenacity and grittiness adding to the Arsenal midfield but he appeared homesick near the end of last season and has not been the same since.
Dani Ceballos – Hit
Not yet a regular starter but the Real Madrid loanee is a classy operator who the Emirates faithful have already taken to. Adds calmness and creativity to a midfield three often lacking in both areas.
Gabriel Martinelli – Hit
Early signs are very promising for the young Brazilian striker. Four goals in two Europa League starts and picked up for just £6m due to some smart scouting.
David Luiz – Miss
He seemed a coup at £8m with the wealth of winning experience from stints at Chelsea and PSG but Luiz has mainly showed his vices so far, which include recklessness and panicking on the ball.
Nicolas Pepe – Miss
The most expensive signing in the history of the club has not justified his price tag whatsoever as it stands. Despite wielding extreme pace there are not many other impressive facets to his game in a possession-based side.
Kieran Tierney – Hit
Only just recovering from injury but already it seems Tierney will slot seamlessly into the starting line-up. Nowadays, £25m for a high-level left-back is a bargain.