Mikel Arteta’s seven transfer deadline day deals may hint at Arsenal decision on Houssem Aouar

The 2021 summer transfer window will shut on Tuesday night and Arsenal have been busy.

A total of £131million has been spent on five new players with Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Ben White, Martin Odegaard and Aaron Ramsdale arriving to bolster a squad that finished eighth in the Premier League last season.

Now the question is will the Gunners be making any more signings before the window closes on the 31st?

Rumours suggest manager Mikel Arteta still is looking to improve his first-team squad and has been linked with moves for a new right-back in Kieran Trippier as well as another creative player in Houssem Aouar.

Since being appointed in December 2019, the Spaniard has signed 13 new players in north London whether it be a loan or permanent deal, although moves for the likes of Willian and Alex Runarsson haven’t quite worked out.

With that said, a couple more signings could be what the Gunners need to turn around their dismal start to the new season and lift the increasing pressure on Arteta.

Transfer deadline day is always a busy one as the Spaniard can confirm after experiencing as many as three of them during his time in charge of Arsenal.

As a result, we’ve taken a look at the business Arteta has done on previous deadline days to see what it can tell us about what’s in store for Arsenal on August 31.

January 31, 2020

In: Cedric (loan)

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Out: None

Very quiet first deadline day for Arteta as most of the business was done earlier in the window leaving him to complete a loan deal for Cedric Soares.

October 5, 2020

In: Thomas Partey (£45m)

Out: Matteo Guendouzi (loan to Hertha Berlin), Lucas Torreira (loan to Atletico Madrid)

(L) Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with summer signing Thomas Partey and (R) Technical Director Edu at London Colney
(L) Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with summer signing Thomas Partey and (R) Technical Director Edu at London Colney

The impact Covid-19 had on the 2019/20 season meant last summer’s transfer window opened whilst the campaign was still in play and remained open for the first month of the following season, thus giving clubs extra time to get deals done.

Arsenal left it very late to conclude their business by activating Thomas Partey’s £45m release clause at Atletico Madrid in the final hours whilst allowing Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira to leave on loan.

Furthermore, there was activity regarding the U23’s with Nikolaj Moller and Joel Ideho joining, whilst Daniel Ballard left on loan.

February 1, 2021

In: None

Out: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (loan to West Brom), Joe Willock (loan to Newcastle United), Shkodran Mustafi (Free to Schalke)

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Ainsley Maitland-Niles in action for West Brom against Man United (Image: Nick Potts – Pool/Getty Images)

Having signed Mat Ryan and Odegaard on loan ahead of deadline day, it meant Arteta and Edu could focus on trimming the first-team squad even further after mutually terminating the contracts of Sokratis and Mesut Ozil.

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Shkodran Mustafi was allowed to join Schalke on a free after agreeing to the same terms as Sokratis and Ozil, whilst Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock joined West Brom and Newcastle United on loan respectively.

U23’s trio Josep Olowu, Zech Medley and Matt Smith completed the outgoings on what was a busy deadline day.

What it tells us?

The fact that Arsenal have already spent more than £100m may suggest that a repeat of six months ago could be on the cards where the focus is on outgoings rather than incomings.

After all, Arteta has admitted that, despite the large amount of work this summer, he and Edu are still expecting to be busy in the final few days of the market.

“We don’t know. We [have] already done a lot of things,” the Spaniard said in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game against Manchester City. “Ins and outs it’s a lot.

Arteta has come under increasing pressure in recent days
Arteta has come under increasing pressure in recent days

“I think it’s 16, 17 deals in total, with some renewals, and there are still some things to do in the last few days because there are still some question marks and deals that can happen. We’ll see.”

In conclusion, history tells us that on deadline day, Arteta has completed seven deals for first-team players, five of which have been for those in need of minutes, so there could be a few announcements regarding outgoings on Tuesday – most likely loan moves.

However, given Arteta has signed a player on two of the three deadline days he has experienced, maybe Arsenal supporters can expect at least one more signing. Perhaps Aouar will finally join?

Source by Football London

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