Posts Tagged ‘Mikel Arteta’

New signings all round.Looks like Arsene Wenger’s bullheadedness of creating a youth team has lost substance and the man was on a holiday season shoping spree to purchase a few players and strengthen his squad. This is without a doubt the aftermath of humiliating defeat at the hands of Manchester United (2-8). If that wasn’t a wakeup call then nothing is!

Here’s a look at what came out of the shopping bag ;the big name is Mikel Arteta,the Spanish midfielder from Everton. Good signing of all of them as he will provide offense &chances for the strikers. Along with Youssi Benayoun,Arteta will serve to bridge some of that huge gap in creativity that the team has with the exit of Samir Nasri &Cesc Fabregas. But in terms of quality do not think for a second that the newcomers are of the same calibre as those who left. Benayoun joins on loan from Chelsea. Meanwhile disgruntled striker Niklas Bendtner joins Sunderland on loan, good for Gunners.

German defender Per Mertersacker who joins from Werder Bremen is certainly a handful in the air at 6.6 feet tall and he’s been added to try and rid the side of their clumsiness at defending corners and set pieces effectively. However,the side may have to play a deeper line to indemnify for his almost chronic lack of pace. Nonetheless,the Bundesliga’s almost break-neck speed of play is extremely similar to that of the Premier League and he should adjust fairly quickly. From AC Monaco comes South Korean forward Park Chu-Young (Utd’s park cousin) comes for a fee around the £2m mark and with a one in three goals to game record throughout his career and significant international experience behind him,he should prove a solid squad player.

Brazilian left-back Andre-Santos also joins Arsenal,even though Wenger had claimed that the club was well stocked at left back because they had Vermaelen,Traore and injury-plagued Kieran Gibbs to call upon. He’ll add pace and width down the flanks,even if his defensive attributes are under question. Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has joined Premier League new-boys QPR for an undisclosed fee, a bad choice may be.

The Losers

Everton

Even before all the final day drama the transfer window had been a dismal failure for the Merseysiders who hadn’t spent a single pound.So for the Toffees to lose Mikel Arteta in the closing moments of deadline day and not have time to find a worthwhile replacement was a disaster.

The only major signings were loan deals for Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi – both unproven in the Premier League with the former a major flop at Real Madrid. Yakubu and Jermaine Beckford have moved on, leaving an injury prone Louis Saha and a raw Victor Anichebe as the club’s only recognised strikers.

For Moyes to now even consolidate on last season’s 7th spot would be an incredible achievement. But knowing David Moyes I am sure he will make something happen.

Arsenal

Yes I know the deadline day was a success but over the whole window Arsenal have lost out in a big way.In fact, Manchester United’s 8-2 hammering or mauling or thumping call it what you may like to, of the Gunners could be a blessing in disguise as it finally forced Arsene Wenger to add to his depleted squad.

Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri have been replaced by Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun but while they may not be of the same calibre, they are much needed if they are a little desperate signings. Gervinho also arrived to strengthen the attack .

Defensively Wenger has brought in Per Mertesacker, which is a positive move, but question marks remain over fellow arrivals Andre Santos and forward Chu Young Park and their ability to mix it in the Premier League. Before deadline day, Arsenal’s summer business looked a dismal failure but deadline day deals have improved the squad .

Aston villa

Despite finishing in the top half, Villa spent most of last season battling against relegation.It could have been worse had they not had Stewart Downing and Ashley Young in their ranks. But so impressive were the two wingers they were snapped up early in the transfer window by Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

Alex McLeish responded by signing Charles N’Zogbia and Spurs duo Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas, but that has only stopped Villa falling further behind rather than improved the squad that ended the last campaign.Shay Given’s arrival to replace Brad Friedel is good business but their transfer window is headlined by the relative ease in which they allowed their star players to leave.

Wigan athletic

There was plenty of times last term where Latics looked doomed for relegation and on each occasion they battled back, it all came through winger Charles N’Zogbia and Tom Cleverley.While the former has now joined Villa the latter has gone back to his parent club.

Roberto Martinez tried to find  replacements but only succeeded in bringing in Shaun Maloney  and pint sized  Albert Crusat from Almeria in La Liga.The only other major additions to a side that struggled to beat the drop last season are Wolves’ David Jones and Chelsea’s Patrick van Aanholt on loan.

On paper at least it points to another season of toiling at the wrong end of the table.

Newcastle united

The exodus that started in January with the departure of Andy Carroll, went into full swing during the summer.The situation at the club was so bad for skipper Kevin Nolan that de dropped a division to join West Ham, while crucial players Joey Barton and Jose Enrique also showed their displeasure in the north east prior to their departures.

Alan Pardew has worked on finding replacements and has done well to bring in Davide Santon from Inter Milan and Yohan Cabaye from French champions Lille both of whom are talented blokes.The search for Andy Carroll’s replacement goes on but another test will be how the new signings replace the old spine in the team.