The transfer window will officially open on July 1, but what can we learn from Arsenal’s transactions after the last World Cup in 2010?
The 2010 World Cup was held in South Africa, and Spain beat the Netherlands in the final at Soccer City in Johannesburg. That same summer Arsenal brought in three new players, sold three and released five.
Manager Arsene Wenger let go of Fran Merida, Philippe Senderos, Luke Ayling, Sol Campbell and Nacer Barazite, and sold Eduardo, Jay Simpson and Harvard Nordtveit.
The Gunners signed Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh on May 21st that summer prior to the World Cup where the striker first captained his country. He joined on a free transfer from Bordeaux, having scored 16 goals for the Ligue 1 outfit the previous season.
Another rising star of Ligue 1 was Laurent Koscielny, who was signed on July 7th for £10 million from Lorient. The centre-back, who is now a staple of the Gunners’ first team, was little known back then and had yet to play for France - he got his first international cap for Les Bleus in 2011. Like the Chamakh deal, this transfer had nothing to do with the World Cup.
Finally, another Frenchman Sebastien Squilacci was signed on August 26th and was unlikely to have been recruited due to any international performance that summer. He did go to South Africa with France, but he was peripheral figure for the team. The Gunners recruited Squilacci from Spanish club Sevilla for £4m.
Judging by the signings made by Arsenal boss Wenger in the summer of 2010, he does not seem the type to make an impulse buy on the back of a strong performance at the World Cup.
The French manager probably already has his targets in place and will sign them in July or August, regardless of whether or not they even appear at the World Cup in Brazil.