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Arsenal's two deadline day shockers!

Arsenal transfer window was quite a strange few months because the lack of activity in the months of June, July and August were somehow trumped with a deadline day signing of Mesut Ozil.

Although the Özil transfer ran throughout the day it was still a shock to see such a quality player arrive at the Emirates for such a high price.

The argument that he doesn’t fill a need at Arsenal is quite a ridiculous one to make because if there is a play of Özil’s quality available you have to go out and get him.

We saw last year that Manchester United needed a midfielder but instead went out a bought Robin van Persie, his goals propelled them to their 20th League title.

Yesterday was quite a busy day for the Arsenal executives as they also brought in some goalkeeping cover in the shape of Emiliano Viviano from Palermo. I think this will turn out a good move; it is always handy to have an experienced goalkeeper as cover.

He was not bought with the idea of taking the number one shirt at the Emirates but he gives them an experienced backup in case anything happens to Szczesny.

In terms of departures from the Emirates there was one story that ruled the rest, Nicklas Bendtner was rumoured to have been in talks with a number of clubs throughout the final day.

But the big shock, Arsenal could not shift him!

Crystal Palace owner Steve Parish announced that they were hopeful of signing the Danish forward but it was dependent on Arsenal bringing in a striker.

They couldn’t get any type of deal done so Bendtner will stay at Arsenal for the season; Arsene Wenger said on Friday that if he could get himself fit he would use him in the squad.

Wenger has always put his faith in the young players in his squad and you can expect to see the likes of Sanogo and Chuba Akpom make contributions this season.

Overall it was a window that could have been incredible with one or two more signings but the capture of Mesut Özil has set envious eyes towards Arsenal, a landmark signing on a par with Dennis Bergkamp arriving at Highbury in 1995.

Arsene Wenger has a chance to build something special over the next few transfer windows, a chance to establish Arsenal as a force once again.

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