The transfer window has now shut with mixed opinions on how Arsenal dealt with their business. Was it a successful transfer window? Gooners ask me. I think it was very successful and in many ways to be fully honest.
With the likes of Bacary Sagna, Lukasz Fabianski, Thomas Vermaelen and Nicklas Bendtner leaving the club, we have brought in players including our newest recruit Danny Welbeck (still weird to name him as an Arsenal player) who are in one way or another better than the ones who left.
In other words we have upgraded.
David Opsina looks to be a talented player and is younger than Fabianski. Mathieu Debuchy has similar qualities to Bacary Sagna but is also younger and hungry to succeed at a big club. Calum Chambers definitely has more promise than Thomas Vermaelen and in my opinion looks a better player even at 19 years old and last but not least both Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez, who are a definite upgrade to the one and only Nicklas Bendtner.
With that being said we have all seen the amount of money spent by Manchester United on proven stars, a surprise to say the least considering the interviews Sir Alex Ferguson had in the past on how paying silly money and silly wages is just not what Manchester United do.
Manchester United always had young exciting players who would grow up to become really good footballers, but this year that has changed and in my opinion it is a positive for Arsenal.
The Barclays Premier League has always been a pleasure to watch, with teams like Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool fighting for the title every year. From the above, only Arsenal and Manchester United (and maybe Liverpool) had the reputation of bringing in youngsters and nurturing them to become great players.
After Manchester United’s manic spree this year, I think the force has changed and it is only at Arsenal where young talent can come in and have a chance to get first team football and show what they have.
Is that a gain for Arsenal?
It definitely is.
A great example can be Danny Welbeck.
A Manchester United player through and through, Welbeck decided to join Arsenal in order to grow and improve his scoring abilities. He talked about how excited he was to be part of a team who showcase a great brand of football week in week out.
United fans on Twitter were fuming even though they had signed one of the best strikers in world. Signing the galacticos of the world is an exciting idea, but for the long term it damages the ties you have with your youngsters and pushes you to buy more and more (Real Madrid comes to mind).
Teams like Southampton and Liverpool are also known to promote youth into their first team, but as a consistent top four team it is only Arsenal who has the upper hand on their rivals now and if a promising young player comes along, Arsenal is the place to be.
In the end, we should all be proud because we have done a great job to smoothly improve our squad, maintain our values and ethics and build on that base of improving young exciting footballers.
At the end of the day it is the enjoyment of the football that makes a football club a great one, it gets the fans going and it makes the memories worthwhile.
Let me know what you think.
Daniel is a 24 year-old Arsenal fan from Lebanon. He was born in Orlando, Florida, but grew up -and now resides – in war-torn Beirut. He has a degree in Business Marketing and is currently studying for a FIFA Sports Management Certificate.