“8 new signings” would be crazy turnover for a single summer. Nearly 1 third of the squad. But having been sensible in January, this is the situation Arsenal could be in this summer.
If all goes well, Arsenal could add Gabriel, Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos & Amadou Diawara to the confirmed summer signings of Willian, Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.
Add in William Saliba and that will be 7 new signings this summer, and an 8th player signed last season but was left parked at his old club for a season.
Usually this amount of turnover would take 6 months for players to settle and gel. But Arsenal’s forward planning means it is a doable transfer window.
Joining in January on loan, Arsenal quickly snapped Portuguese right back on a free transfer once his contract at Southampton had expired.
He has already been at the club for nearly 7 months, training with team mates. With 5 appearances in the bag for Arsenal and 120 Premier League appearances under his belt for Southampton, he will not take any settling down what so ever.
Like Cedric Soares, Pablo Mari joined Arsenal on loan in January before a deal was completed in June.
Due to injury, he has played just 3 games for Arsenal in the 7 months he has been at the club.
But that 7 months takes out the usual half year a player takes to settle.
When he returns to full training, he will not require any integrating into the squad.
339 games for Chelsea, 234 in the Premier League. The only thing Willian will need is how much further London Colney is round the M25 from Cobham. About 45 miles.
He might not have played for Arsenal previously, but there will not be too many players who have played more Premier League games than him next season.
Hopefully we get a deal over the line for Dani Ceballos – whether it is a permanent deal or another loan deal.
Having now played 36 games for Arsenal, the axis of Ceballos and Granit Xhaka was a key reason Arsenal won the FA Cup.
He might be a “new signing” this summer, but he will not be a new face at the training ground.
Opposite to Dani Ceballos is William Saliba.
He signed permanently last summer, but then spent the season on loan at St Etienne
Saliba will take some time to settle, which is why it is important that club kept David Luiz.
Not yet done but Arsenal are hopefully of getting the deal over the line.
Gabriel will be in the same boat as William Saliba. A new face in the training ground.
David Luiz will be key helping Gabriel and Saliba settle.
Atletico Madrid midfielder would be a big coup for Arsenal. He will be another new face.
Likewise Diawara will be a new face.
So Arsenal could make 7 new signings this summer, with William Saliba being an 8th new player. Yet of the 8, only 5 would have not yet played for Arsenal and be a new face in the training ground, and of those 5, 4 come with no Premier League experience.
I would usually worry about so many new signings. But with half of them now being new faces, Arsenal would have improved the squad without too much disruption.
We just then need to lose half dozen players (Sokratis, Rob Holding, Ainsley Maitland Niles, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torerria, Alex Lacazette) to make space for them.
Onwards and upwards.
I don’t think we will sign Thomas Partey, Dani Ceballos and Amadou Diawara. It will be one or two of the three. We are just keeping our options open. There is also the matter of whether Matteo Guendouzi leaves to consider.