The Arsene Wenger era has come to an end, and the reign of Unai Emery is set to begin. To prepare his squad, the Spaniard was understandably busy in the transfer market.

See how we rated the Gunners’ summer business.


Lucas Torreira will take the headline as the most prestigious summer signing Arsenal secured. The defensive midfielder arrives from Sampdoria and could be thrust in at the deep end at the Emirates, patrolling the space in front of the defence.

Petr Cech fell out of favour with Arsenal fans last season after a series of mishaps, and the introduction of Bernd Leno from Bayer Leverkusen means we may not see much of the veteran this season.

Experienced defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis will help to sure up what was a porous defence in the 2017-18 campaign as well.

Young midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was snapped up from Ligue 2’s FC Lorient for around £7 million, and fans may want to keep an eye on the much-fancied 19-year-old.


Jack Wilshere did not have his contract renewed by the club, and signed for West Ham on a free transfer.

Striker Lucas Perez concluded an entirely uninteresting Arsenal career by following Wilshere to the London Stadium, for a fee believed to be just under £4 million.

Chuba Akpom also headed out the door, bound for PAOK Saloniki of the Greek Super League.

A number of youth prospects also received loan chances, the most high profile being Calum Chambers heading for Fulham.

What more could have been done?

In all honesty, very little. With Henrik Mkhitaryan and Alex Iwobi the two most senior wingers, the drop-off to Joel Campbell and Ainsley Maitland-Niles is quite large, suggesting a new wide-man may not have gone amiss. With one of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang sure to line up wide however, the problem may not be as serious as feared.

Final Grade: B

Arsenal look to be a more complete team for the signing of Torreira, and the arrival of Leno could make the North Londoners a force to be reckoned with this season.