It was a busy transfer deadline day at the Emirates Stadium, with Arsenal pulling off the signing of long-term target Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid and sending Lucas Torreira in the opposite direction on loan.
Matteo Guendouzi was also loaned out to Hertha Berlin having fallen down the pecking order in north London.
The window might have closed, but the transfer chat continues to swirl around Arsenal.
The dust is still settling on the moves made by the Gunners on deadline day, with various figures within the game having their say.
Here are four of today’s most noteworthy Arsenal transfer stories.
Saint-Etienne blame Arsenal for collapse of loan agreement
Saint-Etienne have pointed the finger at Arsenal after a loan deal for defender William Saliba fell through on transfer deadline day.
Saliba had been on the brink of securing a return to the Ligue 1 club having only arrived at the Emirates Stadium this summer after spending last season at Saint-Etienne, but a deal collapsed as the deadline passed.
“Long before the transfer window closed, AS Saint-Etienne had reached an agreement with William Saliba and accepted Arsenal’s offer for a one-season loan,” a statement from the club read.
“Unfortunately, all the administrative conditions could not be met in time, in England, for the completion of the deal. The disappointment is great for ASSE and William Saliba, who was particularly determined to return to a club where he has flourished.”
The central defender might still be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, though, with PA News Agency (via Football365) reporting that Saliba could join a Championship club to gain first-team experience.
Former Spurs striker voices ‘bizarre’ belief about new ‘Vieira-type’ midfielder
Darren Bent believes Arsenal have finally found a midfielder in the mould of Patrick Vieira in Thomas Partey, but finds it bizarre the Gunners were able to sign the Ghanaian so cheaply.
Arsenal activated the £45 illion release clause in Thomas’ Atletico Madrid contract to get him in the door just hours before the summer window closed and former Tottenham Hotspur striker Bent sees this as a bargain.
“Finally they have got someone in there who has that Vieira type stature in the middle of the park,” Bent told Sky Sports. “When you look at the players are costing more than that, and haven’t got half of what he’s got. It’s bizarre.
“But the fact that Arsenal have got him, what a signing. He’s big, strong, has power, he’ll sit in front of that back four and protect them.”
Arsenal confirm signing of 17-year-old winger from Ajax
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Arsenal have confirmed the capture of Ajax winger Joel Ideho, with the 17-year-old joining Per Mertesacker’s academy squad at the Emirates Stadium.
According to Goal, the teenager has put pen to paper on a four-year professional contract with the Gunners, with the north London club paying a fee of £450,000 for the talented youth prospect.
In a statement released by the club to confirm the move, Arsenal welcomed the player “best known for his pace and accuracy” just one day after Swedish striker Nikolaj Moller was also added to the Gunners’ youth development ranks.
PSG made late deadline day push for unwanted Arsenal defender
Paris Saint-Germain made a late attempt to sign Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, but failed to strike a deal with the Gunners for the Greece international.
Sokratis has fallen down the defensive pecking order at the Emirates Stadium following the appointment of Mikel Arteta, with Arsenal open to the idea of letting the 32-year-old leave the club this summer.
According to Telefoot journalist Saber Desfarges, Thomas Tuchel requested PSG look into the possibility of signing Sokratis after the German coach worked with the player during his time at Borussia Dortmund.
PSG proposed a free transfer of the player, whose contract at Arsenal will expire next summer, but that proposal was turned down.