So far, this has been a crazy day for Arsenal FC with many youngsters leaving on loan and some now sold, heres a round up of todays activity:
Andre Santos – Finally completes his move from Fenerbahce making 52 league appearances whilst scoring 10 times. The Brazilian international, 28, has a wealth of expeirence in the left-back position and has represented his country on 22 occasions.
Arsène Wenger said: “Santos is a quality player, with the ability to both defend well and get forward and help with attacks. He has experience in the Champions League and for Brazil and has proven he can deliver at the highest level. We welcome Santos to the Club and look forward to him having a big impact for us.”
Upon completing his move, Santos said: “I am delighted to have signed for Arsenal. It was one of my dreams to play for a major European football club and I have accomplished this. I am very happy to be part of this team. All the Brazilians who came to this club spoke wonders about it and I am delighted to be part of the Arsenal family.”
Andre Santos will wear the No 11 at Arsenal and will have A.Santos on the back of his shirt.
Per Mertesacker – Arsenal’s official website has now confirmed they have agreed terms with Werder Bremen, with the German international’s deal is now just subject to the completition of formal registration processes. He will not be able to travel to North London until after the international break, as he is tied up with the Germany national team.
The Club website wrote: “At 26, the 6ft 6in centre-back has significant experience at both club and international level.
Mertesacker has enjoyed eight seasons in the German top flight – five with Werder Bremen and three with Hannover 96 – making 221 league appearances in total and finding the net on 19 occasions. The former Werder Bremen captain also played 53 times in Europe for the Green-Whites, including the 2009 Europa League Final.
In 75 games for Germany, Mertesacker has helped his country to the Semi-Finals of the 2006 and 2010 World Cups and to the Final of the 2008 European Championship.”
“We are delighted to welcome Per Mertesacker to the Club,” said Arsène Wenger. “He is a German international with vast experience and strength and is good on the floor and in the air. I believe he will be well-suited to the Premier League and a tremendous asset to the team.”
Mertesacker said: “I had a great time at SV Werder Bremen and I’m grateful to the club. Moving to London enables me to fulfil a dream and a further step in my career. The Premier League has always represented a great challenge for me.”
Mertesacker will wear the No 4 shirt for Arsenal.
Joel Campbell – season long loan – New signing Joel Campbell is to join FC Lorient on a season long loan for 2011/12. The 19-year-old Costa Rica international Campbell has played two seasons at senior level with Deportivo Saprissa and on loan at Puntarenas, making a total of eight league appearances. He heads to Ligue 1 to gain further first-team experience this term after failing to gain special talent work visa to play in England.
Gilles Sunu – permanent – Sunu, 20, joins FC Lorient on a permanent basis, having spent the latter half of the 2010/11 campaign on loan with the French outfit. The former French youth International joined Arsenal in the summer of 2007, emerging as a key player in the 2009 FA Youth Cup-winning team. He made his first-team debut in a Carling Cup win over West Bromwich Albion in 2009/10, before coming on as a substitute in the UEFA Champions League match against Olympiacos in Athens later that term. He was also a member of the France side that won the European Under-19 Championships in July 2010.
Henri Lansbury – season long loan – According to the Daily Mail, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has signed Arsenal midfielder Henri Lansbury on an initial season-long loan deal. The Hammers have moved for Lansbury, 20, after Scott Parker completed his transfer to rivals Spurs, and after Lansbury has failed to break into the Arsenal lineup, being restricted to just substitute appearances.
Nicholas Bendtner – out – ‘The Great Dane’ has yet to finalize a move away from the club, however he has been linked heavily with Stoke and now Blackburn. The deal with Stoke seems to have collapsed, and according to goal.com Blackburn have swooped in with a £8 million offer.
Arteta – in – according to a wide array of sources, the Gunners have stepped up in their pursuit to replace Cesc Fabregas by purchasing a £10 million Mikel Arteta from Everton, who would be a wonderful addition to the Arsenal lineup. Now some reports are saying that Arsenal have failed in a cash-plus-player deal involving Nicklas Bendtner.
Benayoun – in – The Chelsea reject has been hotly tipped to head to North London, with widespread reports saying that a deal is close. Were really scrapping the bottom of the barrel now.