DEADLINE DAY DEALS:
Our columnist analyses the transfer market performance of the Super Six
Deadline day signings: Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid)
At bloody long last!
And boy, did Arsene Wenger leave it late.
The Frenchman had hinted at a big move or two in the transfer market on deadline day but given Arsenal's inactivity in recent years, no one was really banking on that to happen.
On top of that, the Emirates Stadium is no longer perceived as the destination of choice among players, with Wenger missing out on Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye before this.
But the capture of Germany international playmaker Mesut Oezil from Real Madrid, believed to be for a fee in the region of £42.2 million ($83.5m), may turn out to be the signing of the season.
He is the playmaker the Gunners have been crying out for since the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona two years ago.
The earlier signing of old boy Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer also seems to be a shrewd one, as he adds not just steel into the side, but some badly-needed leadership. Late yesterday, Palermo also confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is set to join Arsenal on a year-long loan deal with an option to buy.
Perhaps the squad need strengthening still, especially in attack and defence where they lack quality depth. But Arsenal fans, I suspect, are learning to be a contented lot.
Transfer market performance: 4/5