Arsenal and Man United: The transfer window winners and losers

Premier League winners and losers: Man City and Liverpool spent well, but could Arsenal and Man United be left to rue business?

Arsenal

When Arsenal announced the signing of Petr Cech in an £11m deal from Chelsea in July, the Gunners were quickly touted as serious title contenders. But, as has often been the case since Arsenal won their last Premier League crown in 2004, the Gunners refused to dig deeper into their pockets to tackle some areas of concern. One Arsenal shareholder gave Arsene Wenger a headache after he revealed the FA Cup holders had £200m in the bank for new players. Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain and Edinson Cavani are perennially linked with a move to The Emirates, but Arsenal finished the summer transfer window as the only European club not to sign an outfield player. After a positive start to the summer business, Arsenal have once again underwhelmed. Losers: 4/10

Signings: Petr Cech (Chelsea)

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho didn’t get his way this summer. Everton adopted a refreshing stubbornness when it came to defender John Stones. The 21-year-old centre-half handed in a transfer request after Chelsea had a bid rejectd but Everton refused to budge. Mourinho was forced to revert to an unknown quantity in the shape of Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji. Pedro Rodriguez represents their marquee summer signing and the Spain international will offer much more than flop Juan Cuadrado. But have Chelsea really taken steps forward following last season’s title success? A hallmark of the great Liverpool and Manchester United sides was their ability to avoid inertia and to improve their squad on a yearly basis. This is something Chelsea have failed to do this summer. Losers: 6/10

Signings: Pedro (Barcelona), Baba Rahman (FC Augsburg), Asmir Begovic (Stoke), Kenedy (Fluminense), Nathan (Atletico Paranaense), Danilo Pantic (Partizan Belgrade), Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco, Loan) Papy Djilobodji (Nantes), Michael Hector (Reading)

Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers adopted a sensible approach in the summer transfer window after a number of poor acquisitions over the past two years. While disappointing signings such as Fabio Borini, Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic all left Anfield, Rodgers placed his faith in proven Premier League talent. Christian Benteke offers a different dimension up front, Nathaniel Clyne provides consistency at right-back which Glen Johnson struggled to do and James Milner has experience in abundance. Even 18-year-old Joe Gomez looks like an astute signing after an impressive start to his Premier League career. Roberto Firmino may represent the only gamble at £29. Rodgers has put together a squad capable of a top-four challenge, but still lack that sprinkling of world-class ability. It means Philippe Coutinho will be a man under pressure to mastermind a return to the Champions League. Winners: 7/10

Signings: Christian Benteke (Aston Villa), Roberto Firmino (Hoffenheim), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Joe Gomez (Charlton), Allan (Internacional), James Milner (Manchester City), Danny Ings (Burnley), Adam Bogdan (Bolton), Taiwo Awoniyi (Imperial Academy)

Manchester United

The summer started so well for Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils moved swiftly to sign Memphis Depay ahead of Paris Saint-Germain. United appeared to have rediscovered their swagger after securing Germany legend Bastian Schweinsteiger, one of the Premier League’s most highly-rated midfielders – Morgan Schneiderlin and exciting Italy defender Matteo Darmian. Had the transfer deadline ended on 13 July, United would have received 8/10. However, Angel di Maria, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Rafael da Silva and Adnan Januzaj have all left via the Old Trafford exit door. The departure of five first-team players has significantly weakened the United squad. The David De Gea saga ended with the goalkeeper staying at Old Trafford after Real Madrid and United failed to submit the relevant documents to the Spanish Football Federation before La Liga’s deadline on Monday night. It left both clubs looking sheepish and eager to pass the blame. The Red Devils did complete a deadline day signing after Anthony Martial joined in a £36m deal. A panic buy? The reaction of Gary Neville appeared to suggest he felt it was rash purchase, but his brother, Phil, was quick to talk up the former Monaco striker’s qualities. Like Memphis, expect Martial to take time to settle which could leave United short up front. Losers: 5/10

Signings: Memphis Depay (PSV Eindhoven), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Sergio Romero (Sampdoria), Anthony Martial (Monaco), Regan Poole (Newport County)

Manchester City

Take note Monsieurs Van Gaal and Wenger. Unlike their top-four rivals, Manuel Pellegrini successfully strengthened the weak links in his Manchester City squad. £49m signing Raheem Sterling has already had a positive impact on the Citizens with his pace on the left wing and flourishing partnership with Aleksandar Kolarov. City beat United to the signing of Argentina centre-half Nicolas Otamendi but managed to keep Eliaquim Mangala, which provides some real depth in that department. Kevin De Bruyne was the Bundesliga’s top assist-maker last season, and the Belgium international will provide a more cultured option on the right with Jesus Navas providing the pace. Fabian Delph will be a welcome option from the bench if Yaya Toure and Fernandinho get leggy in the second half of the season. City are comfortable favourites for the title after their excellent summer business, which mirrored Chelsea’s in 2014. Winners: 9/10

Signings: Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Nicolas Otamendi (Valencia), Patrick Roberts (Fulham), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Enes Unal (Bursaspor), David Faupala (Lens)

Tottenham Hotspur

Even Saido Berahino’s late outburst on Twitter wasn’t enough to force a move to Tottenham Hotspur. Former Spurs midfielder Jamie Redknapp was quick to slam Daniel Levy for failing to dig deep into the White Hart Lane coffers. Heung-Min Son arrived from Bayer Leverkusen, but the South Korean isn’t an out-and-out striker capable of helping Harry Kane with the workload. Expect Spurs to struggle for goals if Kane requires more time to rekindle his prolific form. However, Toby Alderweireld bring an assuredness and familiarity to the Spurs defence alongside his compatriot Jan Vertonghen. Dele Alli looks a promising purchase and is one for the future along with Kieran Trippier and Kevin Wimmer. Losers: 5/10

Signings: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Heung-Min Son (Bayer Leverkusen), Clinton N’Jie (Lyon), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Kevin Wimmer (Cologne)

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