Transfer deadline day: Premier League round-up
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Arsenal overpaid to land their six summer signings by around £50million in total, according to a recent study. Technical director Edu managed to bring Nuno Tavares, Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Takehiro Tomiyasu and Aaron Ramsdale to the Emirates Stadium during the summer months in order to supplement Mikel Arteta’s ranks for the campaign ahead.
The Gunners have splashed more than £150m on new players since the end of last season, but their lavish spending spree has done little to help their cause.
Arsenal currently sit rock bottom of the Premier League table after failing to take a single point from their opening three matches of the new campaign.
The club’s poor form has seen Arteta put under significant pressure to deliver results quickly in order to keep his job.
Edu has also received plenty of criticism from supporters after failing to sign a new striker and leaving his pursuit of a creative midfielder to drag on into the final month of the window.
To make matters worse, it seems as though Arsenal paid way over the odds to bring their summer arrivals to north London.
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According to a study from TicketGum.com, their six new players are collectively valued at £107.1m.
However, the Gunners parted ways with a total of £156.8m, suggesting that around £49.7m was spent needlessly.
Arsenal reportedly paid £50m to sign White from Brighton and Hove Albion, a figure that represents a 235 per cent increase on his valuation, according to the study.
Meanwhile, the £30m fee exchanged for Ramsdale is said to be almost three times the amount he is truly worth.
Edu issued a staunch defence of Arsenal’s summer business earlier this week, insisting that a long-term plan is being followed for the greater benefit of the club.
“I think we have to see the wider context than just to see the money around it,” the Gunners chief told Sky Sports.
“We signed six players who are under 23, which means a lot in terms of our planning. Normally, people like to see just one window.
“So I have to say it is the bigger picture because we started planning this squad a year ago in terms of consolidating the team and to try to get a better foundation.
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“If you remember, in that period we renewed Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli a year ago with the intention to get that kind of base in the team. In a one-year period, we signed 10 players and seven of the 10 are under 23.
“We renewed seven players in this period as well, just in the first team. Five of the seven are under 23 as well.
“Why did we do that? Because we have a reason to try again to create a good foundation and then, one day, maybe we are going to sign one or two players only.
“But after that, it’s impossible to sign one or two players only because we have a lot to do.”
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