Deadline day deals good enough?

by Gary Taylor

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Well that’s that! Another transfer window is slammed shut.

And before we were treated to the chimes of Big Ben on Sky Sports News, Arsene Wenger and Arsenal finally dipped into their overflowing bank account and added to the squad.

But are the signings good enough to make the Gunners contenders for a Top 4 position?

Mikel Arteta has been on Wenger’s radar for a few years now and I am pleased to have him on board. He will be the perfect foil for Jack Wilshere in the middle of the park.

He has plenty of Premier League experience and is not a full international, which can only be good news for all Gooners because he cannot get injured whilst on International duty. Hurrah!

Per Mertesacker might not be the fleet-footed centre-back we needed but he is still a proven performer with the German national side, boasting 75 caps for them.

Arsenal have been crying out for a defender to head the ball in recent years and at 6ft 6in, the 26-year-old should be the perfect man for the job and I think alongside Thomas Vermaelen will be a solid acquisition.

Every Arsenal fan was pleading for a left-back because two-game Kieran Gibbs will not last the season without accumulating at least 10 injuries.

So with that in mind, Wenger snapped up Brazilian defender Andre Santos from Fenerbache.

Another player with experience for both club and country, he may be a somewhat unknown entity but he looks solid (from what YouTube offered me) and can bomb forward when necessary.

Chu Young Park is another I’ve not seen anything of but he has promised to ‘never give up and show heart’ which is what any football fan, including me, loves to hear.

The final player to enter the Emirates is Yossi Benayoun on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Now, I was hoping he would not be the only midfielder bought before the 11pm deadline because it would have been very underwhelming.

But as a squad player with vast experience in both the Premier League and Champions League, I think it could be a useful signing, providing he can stay fit.

All in all, it’s still been a pretty poor summer but it’s time to put everything behind us and focus at the job in hand.

The club faces an almighty task to finish in the Top 4 but with the players we have brought in, I am quietly confident we can make it.

Forget Fabregas, forget Nasri, and forget Old Trafford! It’s time to look forward and prove all the doubters wrong.

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