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Arsenal sign Arteta, Benayoun, Mertesacker & Santos on Deadline Day


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Arsenal have completed the signings of Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos on Transfer Deadline Day.

After a frenetic day filled with high expectations and tensions, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger managed to secure the services of two new defenders and two midfielders – with Arteta joining minutes before the 11pm (BST) deadline.

Wenger, criticised by the fans for not investing in the team after the departures of defender Gael Clichy and midfielders Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, acquired South Korea captain Park Ju-Young from Monaco earlier in the week.

“It is a big opportunity for me and my family and I think it is the right time for me to take it,” new-boy Arteta told Everton’s official website.

“It is a big challenge, a different challenge, fresh for me and I want to see myself on the biggest stage, the Champions League.

Arteta, 29, has the ability to play centrally or on either flank which will provide Wenger with some useful versatility, although it would be a surprise if, after the sale of Fabregas, the Frenchman sees Arteta as anything other than a central midfielder.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have agreed to play Werder Bremen in a pre-season friendly next summer, in a move which was agreed as part of the deal that brought Per Mertesacker to north London.

With thanks to Gunnerblog for the above image.


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Kay
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Chris, you’ve been doing a nice job. I too just confirmed the Arteta done deal on bbc. What a signing.

frank
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Mertesacker trade No.1 !!!!!!!!good job

Charles
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Now we have a midfield that will scare opponents. I’m so happy.

thundertinygooner
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You guys did an awesome job today.Take a bow!

Gabhan
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It’s still not Hazard, M’vila but overall it’s good business. Not much money spent and loads of quality coming in. Our season starts now!!! 🙂

kanyinsola
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thank God arsenal will now have a team
benayoun, arteta, mertesacker, santos, walcott, vp, rosicky, chu yung park,etc

Savage
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5 mature experienced signings, 4 internationals, 3 captains.

Tajudeen
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Arsene should work on with dis beautiful signings thank u jesus

John
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great news now lets see what Arsenal can do. I think we are at a bit of a disadvantage to win the league but a domestic cup is not out of the question.

Linus paul
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Wenger what a good and great signing is that it remain cahill

ef
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great singings, well done wenger

BennyGooner
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I’m WELL happy with that ! Arteta will fill cesc’s boots perfectly … watch Benayoun go now he’s in a team that play creative football … AT LAST … SOMETHING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT 🙂 C’MON THE GUNNERS !!!!!!!!!!!!

Briggs songo
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Aw as made me proud,nw we can start wit FAcup n carling 4 nw.dis are d type of signing we need not upcoming stars dat we cnt keep wen they come of age.

aadsd
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Anyone know what the total summer spend was & also net spend as well?

Marty Price
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Thanks guys you all did good today. We have alwasy maintaine the board has limited Wenger, adn still does, but these are all good signings, not go and shutup Masri….I always would have taken Gallas over him, but water under the bridge.I agree that we still got a shoot.

Gema
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Well done.
Hope will be better to face the next 35 league games.

Djourpoo
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Still not happy, spent a small amount of the cash we got in for 2 world class players. Replaced them with poor imitations in midfield who always get injured. Too little to late, no English signings panic buys……

Kay
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Savage, maybe I can help further with ur countdown:
5 mature experienced signings,
4 Internationals,
3 captains,
2 midfielders& defenders,
1 Striker,
0 kid.

ollube o. ngechu
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Wat a signing,d best sign in five yrs.we can now say there is a team.pls sign more come january

ollube o. ngechu
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Tanks d prof.but u allowed us to shed blood first.

Prads
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Just waiting for JW to get fit and join the party…good day at the office…finally!!!

ak47
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good job arsenal, well happy wit that. cant help but think about injuries tho, especially ben. talk about competition for places. yay

obama
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what a happy day.fantastic job

Yandi
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Make no mistake, we deserve a day like this!

troy
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Yes, cause Cesc was never injured. Nice to see your backing your team up:P

The Arsenal man
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Good signings…! Cheers Gunners!!

Taye odetola
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Nw give me barcelona to take….nw goin 2bed wt laughter…chu young park,par martescker,santos andre,yossi benayoun nd mikel arteta ,all in a day..
Would luv 2hav manu game replayed.

trigger
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Am so happy to be an arsenal fan. Thank you wanger

sosa
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Wow this is really great signing for us. Let the game begin now and we see who’s gonna fuck with us . Gunners 4 life

Adeoba philip
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Wow good signings so far.0 kid,1 striker,2 midfielder and defenders,3 captain in each department.4 international with many caps,5 matured experienced signings.increadible.

Ilesanmi martins
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This is wat all arsenal has been waiting for, thanks to arsene wenger for the understanding.

Ilesanmi martins
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Let nasri alone let him start blabing as if he was’nt an arsenal player before a tranfer.

Ganiyu adewale
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Whao amazing am 1 of d happyness person on earth becos no more hypetension bt joy wt d singing of arteta,per,santos,yossi and chu park kudos 2 wenger and arsenal board.

Kole
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Hey! Hurray gunners. Who say there can’t be light at the end of the tunnel. Arsenal is back to live. Up gunners

Dayo
Guest

Good signings 4 arsenal but…………………………

Joegbo
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At last we have a full team to compete with. But why after the biggest disgrace. Still thank you Wenger for the signings.

ss1
Guest

Sorry to have a little moan, but I’m not happy this Summer,
Its been pretty shit.

We should have flogged fabs early, along with the below par arshavin,
Chamakh, bendnter and co.

Spent the money fine tuning the squad, getting mata cheep,
Stumping up for hazard, annd thus convincing nasri
To stay.

Instead, we waited till we’re out oF the race to buy players
I wouldn’t pay 10 quid to go see let alone 1000 pound
Season ticket.

Not ambitioous enough…no forsight.

Its a shamem

John udoh
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I tank u manu 4 making 2 look good today God we bless u sir alex ferguson 4 making our team arsenal 2 b part of d team dat wil collect d trophy dis season and bless wenger 2 4 is furstration job stingin

BETGURU.
Guest

Now Arsenal fans can have a say in the public.At least we have a matured team 4 once.Pls try and bring M’ Y,HAZARD,SAMBA,HONDA,CAHILL.They all belong here…EMIRATES is their home.Gunner!?! 4life.

marc wallace
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it was more than 50 million, but obviously money for the lansbury and bendter loan might reduce that, and with 35 mil for cesc and 24 mil for nasri cover both of them alone so we are still in a good position! great day for th gooners

ieuan
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arteta and wiltshire how awesome of a creative midfield and vermaelen and mertersacker in cd name me a better defence in the world

Gum
Guest

Happy Birthday to me, signings=great presents. can’t wait to see Arteta – Wilshere midfield.

Ife Ade
Guest

This is d arsenal i know from my early day of my life.since 1986-2002.

mojo gooner
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great signings!!! i am really excited to see them play this season!!! what will the formation squad look like, here’s my formation: Szcesny Sagna Vermaelen Mertesacker Santos Song Walcott wilshere Arteta RVP Gervinho subs: Arshavin, chamakh, park, Kos, Jenkinson, frimpong, rosiscky, ramsey, gibbs
samtos
Guest

wow…….. Gunners r back on track again, lets make it hap’n, at least wt dis sign’ns we can lift a trophy dis season, it’s bin long since we took one.

ajayi adebola
Guest

Thanks you arsene, u’ve done a very good job. Let’s see what happens next

Ekeh4gunners
Guest

Now i can stand firm as an arsenal fan, this should have been done long before now atleast they would have integrated into the team and know each other very well. Anyway Gunners4life.

k.boa
Guest

i can’t imagine what just happened am honestly very happy i do believe these new bois can really help God bless us gunners n lets go out there n show who we really are

John
Guest

Starting line up : Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Santos, Song, Arteta, Wilshere, Gervinho, Walcott, Van Persie.. Others to chose from: Park Chu Young, Chamakh, Rosicky, Arshavin, Chamberlain, Ramsey, Diaby, Frimpong, Gibbs, Djourou, Koscienly, Squllacci, Jeinkinson, Fabianski… Pretty strong team if you ask me!!!

Majek
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Wow,victory @ last,am the happiest man in the world i bet u,what a wonderful day ahead,cant wait 2 see Per,santo,Arteta,Benayou wit the lyk of gervinho on the picth,great job Wenger,Up gooner, cheers,tanks u Man U

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