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Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, and Arsenal’s £148 million transfer market dreams

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Arsenal finished the transfer window as England’s biggest spender club. The three most prominent newcomers are Aaron Ramsdale, Ben White, and Martin Odegaard. Several players have left the club, including Willian and Hector Bellerin, while Granit Xhaka has signed a new deal. Stan Kroenke has long been thought to be unwilling to commit financial resources to the team. The Gunners have spent more than £100 million on new signings in four of the last six seasons.

How does their spending compare to that of competitors?
Only the Manchester clubs had a higher net spend during a five-year period. The three teams with the most money committed to fees are those two and Chelsea, with the latter doing an excellent job of making money through sales. Ben White (£52.6 million; Brighton), Martin Odegaard (£31.5 million; Real Madrid), Aaron Ramsdale (£25.2 million; Sheffield United), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£16.7 million; Bologna), Albert Lokonga (£15.75 million; Anderlecht), Nuno Tavares (£7.2 million; Benfica). £149 million was spent in total.

Is there going to be more of the same in the future, or may supporters expect a shift in strategy? There is so much ambiguity surrounding the club that making any projections with clarity is impossible. Will Arteta be present for the January window? Obviously not if the form does not improve quickly. The roster still needs to be improved, but it’s difficult to see why any top-tier player would join a club in such turmoil.

Alex Lacazette is one of the players who is expected to leave as a free agent next summer, while Pierre Emerick-contract Aubameyang’s expires in less than two years and could be sold. Money will continue to be spent, but the amount and quality of players that may be brought in will be determined by their ability to qualify for Europe.

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