A quick review of our summer additions

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A quick review of our summer additions

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.

Granit Xhaka

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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.

 

Lucas Perez

artwork by AKSC's own Saad

artwork by AKSC’s own Saad

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.

 

Shkodran Mustafi

Artwork by AKSC's Gremin

Artwork by AKSC’s Gremin

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.

Rob Holding

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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.

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