As transfer deadline day approaches, we’re set to be busy once again with Arsene Wenger leaving our business late on in the window.
Wenger claims that he’s “optimistic” (via The Independent) about new signings and it will, therefore, be interesting to see who may come through the door by Tuesday.
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Wenger’s signings on the final day haven’t always been a success. We analyse them below focusing on the summer window only.
2006/07 – Deadline Day
1. Julio Baptista
- Arsenal told ‘no less than £50m’ for top defensive transfer target
- Arsenal keen to sign 16th best ranked Premier League stopper
- Arsenal keeping tabs on €40m Italy star after ‘outstanding’ season
The Brazilian arrived in a loan swap deal, with Jose Antonio Reyes going the other way to Real Madrid. Baptista was far from a success in north London and Wenger decided against turning his loan into a permanent move.
2. William Gallas
In another swap deal, we snatched the Frenchman from Chelsea after the Blues made Ashley Cole a priority. At first glance, it looked like we had the better end of the deal with the west London club paying us £5m as well as giving us arguably their best defender (via BBC Sport).
However, Gallas’ temperament meant that his career with us eventually ended on a sour note.
This arrival came very much under the radar on deadline day in 2006 with all the focus on Gallas and Baptista. At the tender age of 17, Denilson produced some stunning displays early on. However, he failed to develop and later left on a free.