While Danny Welbeck underwent a medical examination and concluded the paperwork for his transfer from Manchester United, Arsene Wenger was in Rome…
Arsenal's deadline day dealing will be defined by the contrast between their morning target, AS Monaco hotshot Radamel Falcao, and their evening capture; former Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck.
Throughout the course of the summer, the upper brass at Arsenal appeared to have the opportunity to enter the running for a number of transfer-listed strikers, including Mario Mandzukic, Loic Remy and Mario Balotelli.
However, the club left it late to re-enter the transfer market - perhaps prompted by the late August injury to Olivier Giroud - and required a two-hour deadline extension in order to finalise their Welbeck deal.
While club executives like Dick Law worked on the paperwork for the successful recruitment of England international Welbeck, manager Arsene Wenger sparked a flurry of social media activity as he was seen at an airport leaving the country yesterday afternoon, Monday.
Within hours he was in Rome, attending a charity football game where he would manage the dugout on behalf of a team in an inter-religious match for peace at the Olimpico Stadium.
Wenger's side lost 6-3 to a team coached by Gerardo Martino.
The teams consisted of athletes representing Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist faiths. Carlos Valderrama, Diego Simeone, Alessandro del Piero, Gianluigi Buffon, Diego Maradona and Roberto Baggio featured in the line-ups.