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September 3, 2011 / benwolfson08

Deadline Day

Arsenal made a big splash before the 5 pm transfer deadline on Wednesday. The Gunners agreed to terms with five total players to hopefully inject some life into an injury depleted squad. AFC now added a total of nine new players in the summer transfer window.

Let’s look at the five newest additions though.

Benayoun will give depth to the Arsenal midfield

Yossi Benayoun

The Israeli captain will be joining Arsenal on a season-long loan from London rival, Chelsea.

At 31 years old, Benayoun still has some life left in his legs and will hopefully be healthy enough to contribute to the Arsenal midfield. He brings a wealth of experience with 83 international caps for Israel.

Mikel Arteta

Arteta is an underrated playmaker in the midfield

The 29 year old playmaker joins Arsenal from Everton on a four-year contract for around £10 million.

On Wednesday, there were rumors going back and forth whether Arteta would leave the Toffees to join Arsenal.

However, paperwork was submitted before the transfer deadline.

Arteta according to the BBC, the Spanish midfielder finally decided on joining the Gunners due to the prospect of playing Champions League football. Arteta is a creative midfielder and an underrated player who should immediately contribute to what has been a lackluster midfield.

Arteta will hopefully fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas.

Per Mertesacker

One move that was huge for Arsenal fans was acquiring German centre-back Mertesacker from club, Werder Bremen. The 6-6 defender will fill a depleted backline for the Gunners.

Mertesacker was somewhat of a surprise signing, considering Arsenal was linked to defenders Gary Cahill of Bolton and Phil Jagielka of Everton.

However, the 26-year old is a stud. Mertesacker is a former captain of the German international squad with 75 caps.

Mertesacker was ‘delighted’ to join Arsenal and will wear No. 4.

The 26-year old Mertesacker already has 75 caps for the German national team




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