Fans who have been crying for a new centre-back, a tenacious holding midfielder and competition up front for Olivier Giroud were finally sated as each of those positions were filled – and in lavish fashion.
Wenger forked out just under £100m in total as he tries to build a squad capable of sustaining a challenge for the Premier League title, having painfully fallen away all too often in the past.
Lets take a quick look at the new additions before you pick your favourite from among them.
Our summer started out with a bang. And in Xhaka we had another signing Gunners fans have been calling for forever. The Swiss international is a holding midfielder with plenty of aggression and bite, but also with intelligence and artistry on the ball. Wenger clearly feels Xhaka has filled a hole, with Jack Wilshere loaned out to Bournemouth. There is plenty of expectation on the 23-year-old.
Another signing, another box ticked – at least in theory. Perez joins the Gunners off the back of 17 goals in La Liga for Deportivo la Coruna. It is undoubtedly a major step in his career, but as a foil to Olivier Giroud, or even as a secondary option, the Spaniard, who set Wenger back £17m should get game time and have an influence.
Mustafi’s transfer saga dragged on, but the German international eventually arrived from Valencia for a reported £35m. The centre-back should provide everything that Gunners fans have yearned for: an experienced, solid defender who is also comfortable on the ball. With Per Mertesacker out injured, Mustafi should step straight into the side.
Holding represents more of a classic Wenger signing. The former Bolton youngster impressed with his maturity and ball-playing ability enough for Wenger to shell out £2m. The injury crisis at Arsenal was so bad when he arrived that the England under-21 was thrown straight into the deep end. He came out of it well – a bright future awaits.