Deadline day is over, The English transfer window is closed for the summer and clubs will have to make do with their current squad till winter. All they can do between now and January is evaluate the summer’s deals and prepare for winter.
One of such clubs who will be making such evaluations will be Arsenal.
The Gunners were said to have a meagre £45million available for business but their transfer business tells us otherwise. The North London club brought in six new signings to bolster their first-team squad while also letting off some regulars in other to reduce their wage bill. One player who belongs to the latter group is Alex Iwobi.
The Super Eagles winger made a shock move to Everton on Thursday signing a five-year deal, with the Toffees paying the Gunners £40million for all their troubles. The transfer attracted a lot of reactions from fans on social media with some criticising the move and condemning Arsenal manager Unai Emery.
In this article, Zamfootball takes a look at the possible reasons why Emery and Arsenal made the call;
LACK OF FIRST-TEAM OPPORTUNITY.
This is obviously one of the primary reasons why Iwobi was sold. It sounds rather ironical that a player who made over 50 appearances last season has become surplus to requirements. But the fact remains that the signing of Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli combined with the emergence of Reiss Nelson will reduce his playing chances if he was to remain at the club this season.
It will be almost criminal to undermine the abilities of the youngster as his technical ability speaks in enormous volume. That being said, the Nigeria international is less of a winger compared to the other three ahead of him in the pecking order. Even in his preferred AM position he still has the trio of Mesut Ozil, Dani Ceballos and Henrikh Mhkitaryan ahead of him as they are more creative than he is.
LACK OF FUNDS
The Gunners seem to have worked well beyong their transfer limit as they bought players worth over £100million. Although a major part of the total amount will be paid in installments, Arsenal still needed to recoup as much as they could and when the opportunity presented itself they couldn’t just let it pass by.
LACK OF PLAYER SALES
Still on the topic of funds. There was a lot of departures at the Emirates this summer, most of them were released or left for free while the others were sold for meagre sums. The likes of Mhkitaryan, Shkodran Mustafi and Mohammed Elneny are up for sale but are yet to atrract any suitors leaving the club in a tight financial spot. The sale of Iwobi reduces the pressure.
Alex Iwobi signed five-year contract with Everton and becomes the most expensive Nigerian ever.