Arsenal experienced a low-key transfer deadline day, in line with their earlier proactive strategy for the summer window.
The Gunners, led by Edu, had focused on early signings, securing players like Declan Rice, Jurrien Timber, Kai Havertz, and David Raya before their pre-season tour began.
This strategic approach left the last day for offloading players.
Several departures took place, including Granit Xhaka, Matt Turner, Auston Trusty, Pablo Mari, Runar Alex Runarsson, Marquinhos, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Kieran Tierney secured a loan move to Real Sociedad just prior to the window’s close.
Anticipating deadline day, it was already known that Nuno Tavares would join Nottingham Forest on loan with a potential £12 million buy option for next summer.
Subsequently, attention turned to Rob Holding and Albert Sambi Lokonga’s potential exits.
Lokonga had interest from Monaco earlier, but on deadline day, Luton Town emerged as contenders for his signature, completing a late loan deal without obligations to buy.
The move cost around £500,000 and concluded just half an hour before the window’s end.
Rob Holding had interest from Sevilla and Crystal Palace.
While Sevilla offered a loan move, Palace aimed for a permanent transfer, with Holding ultimately joining them for about £4 million.
Following these transactions, Arsenal’s plans were almost finalized.
However, due to an ACL injury to Jurrien Timber, defensive concerns prompted the club to explore the market further.
Although Arsenal searched for potential deals until the end, the timing of the defensive departures hindered the pursuit of additional signings.
Rumors circulated regarding potential departures of Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Magalhaes, who attracted interest from Chelsea and a Saudi Arabian club, respectively.
Despite both players not starting in Arsenal’s initial Premier League games, coach Arteta was keen on retaining them, confident that their game time would increase in the upcoming busier schedule.
The conclusion of Arsenal’s summer business appeared imminent, but it might not truly be over.
Nicolas Pepe garnered interest from a Saudi Pro League team willing to pay for the 28-year-old winger.
Similarly, Cedric Soares received attention from Portugal’s top clubs, including Benfica, Porto, and Sporting CP.
While no official approaches had been made for Cedric, there was still potential activity since Portugal’s transfer window remained open until September 22.
Arsenal could reflect on a productive transfer window overall, with early signings and strategic departures.
Nevertheless, questions lingered about their defensive depth, a concern that might continue to evolve as the season progresses.