As the January transfer window came to a close, some media outlets rehashed their usual Edinson Cavani to Arsenal stories.
In reality, Arsenal were fairly busy, getting three deals done, but none were exciting enough to induce hysteria.
Mathieu Debuchy was first in line, begging for a move away from the Emirates in order to reignite his career and book a place in the France team for the Euros. We saw signs of why Newcastle fans were fed up of his constant whining and media outbursts, but his wish finally came true.
Bordeaux came in to save the Frenchman, signing him on a six-month loan until the end of the season, the club confirmed on Monday, despite the £1 million loan fees that put off the likes of Aston Villa, Sunderland and Bayer Leverkusen. Much to social media’s delight, it was reliably reported that Manchester United were interested in Debuchy but were rejected by Arsenal.
— Matt Spiro (@mattspiro) February 1, 2016
Debuchy signs on loan for Bordeaux and it’s being reported a potential move to Manchester United was blocked… pic.twitter.com/vV8h305ox9
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Forgotten Frenchman Yaya Sanogo also sealed another loan move, this time to Charlton Athletic. After failing to impress at Ajax, Charlton are ready to give him a chance in the Championship, despite the Arsenal man’s lack of a competitive goal in five years.
Speaking of the Championship, Serge Gnabry will also be loaned out to a second tier side, with Arsene Wenger telling ESPNFC that “it’s between two clubs”. The Championship’s deadline leaves Arsenal with a little more time in deciding Gnabry’s future.
Elsewhere, Arsenal signed up 18-year-old Aaron Eyoma on his first professional contract with the club. He is mainly a right-back, who can also operate as a right sided midfielder, according the Arsenal’s official website.
It makes sense since Debuchy has left, but Arsenal are loaded with raw youth talent in that position, with the excellent Hector Bellerin as first-choice, Chambers as second-choice and now Eyoma (let’s not forget Carl Jenkinson is back at the club too, albeit injured for the rest of the season).
All in all, it was a fairly busy deadline day for Arsenal but nothing significant has changed at the club. Apart from the addition of Mohamed Elneny and Nigerian starlets Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze, Arsenal’s squad has largely remained stable and static.
The most exciting part of the transfer window was the much awaited return of Francis Coquelin, Alexis Sanchez, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky (albeit just for half-a-game).