Arsenal transfer round-up: Emery signs five players before Perez's deadline day exit

Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during a training session at London Colney on August 7, 2018 in St Albans, England.

Arsenal completed their business early this summer with the likes of Bernd Leno and Lucas Torriera making the switch to north London.

Arsenal FC head coach Unai Emery during the Pre-season friendly between Arsenal and SS Lazio at Friends Arena on August 4, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Arsenal fans will be happy with their summer business, as new manager Unai Emery gets set for his first competitive match in charge, welcoming champions Manchester City to the Emirates on Sunday afternoon. 

The former Sevilla boss replaces Arsene Wenger, who had served the Gunners for 22 years before retiring in May, and will be eager to demonstrate his abilities week in, week out.


Untraditionally, Arsenal completed their business early this summer, which will give those signings a headstart as they look to build a rapport with their teammates.  Fans will be eager to see the new faces in action and we take a look at the ins and outs at the Emirates: 

Players In: 

DM - Lucas Torriera - signed from Sampdoria for £27 million

GK - Bernd Leno - signed from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.5 million

DF - Sokratis - signed from Borussia Dortmund for £14.4 million

CM - Matteo Guendouzi - signed from FC Lorient for £7.2 million

DF - Stephan Lichsteiner - signed from Juventus on a free transfer

Luis Alberto of SS Lazio compete for the ball with Lucas Torreira of Arsenal during the the Pre-season friendly between SS Lazio and Arsenal at Friends Arena on August 4, 2018 in Stockholm,...

Players Out: 

ST - Lucas Perez - West Ham United for £4 million

DM - Jack Wilshere - West Ham United on a free transfer

DF - Per Mertasacker - retired

DF - Callum Chambers - Fulham on season-long loan

GK - Matt Macey - Plymouth on loan

MD - Santi Cazorla - Villarreal on a free free transfer 

CF - Takuma Asano - Hannover 96 on loan

CF - Chuba Akpom - PAOK on loan

Jack Wilshere during the friendly match between West Ham United and SCO Angers on August 3, 2018 in Grodig, Austria.

Prediction 2018/19

The signings of Lucas Torriera, Sokratis and Bernd Leno will all strengthen the Arsenal starting line-up, with Matteo Guendouzi looking like a very promising player. 

With the talent that still exists at the Emirates, it is hard not to see Arsenal at least battling it out for the top four come May but Emery will know how tough it will be to cement a place. 

SEE ALSO: Some Arsenal fans react to Lucas Perez move to West Ham United

Jack Wilshere is the main departure from north London this summer and fans will wish him every success in his new venture at West Ham United. Some at Arsenal still question the club's decision to let him go but Lucas Torriera looks a ready-made replacement. 

All in all, expect Arsenal to go one better than last season and finish fifth in Emery's debut season. It is not what the fans want in an ideal world but a new revolution is brewing in north London and it will take time before coming to fruition. 

The Dennis Bergkamp statue is seen outside the stadium prior to the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Arsenal and Burnley at Emirates Stadium on January 30, 2016 in London,...

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