Arsenal were extremely active in the recent summer transfer window but the large majority of their business revolved around outgoing deals, with only two players signed to the senior squad.
Alexandre Lacazette arrived for a club-record fee and the free transfer of Sead Kolasinac pushed England international Kieran Gibbs out of the Emirates Stadium, with the academy graduate joining West Brom for a deal worth around £7m.
Many believe that Arsenal could have got a higher fee for Gibbs, despite the fact he had entered the final 12 months of his contract in North London, and it’s a view that Baggies boss Tony Pulis shares as he discussed the cut-price deal he landed.
“The £12 million that Arsenal were talking about at the beginning of the season was too expensive. To get him for £5 million over a period of time now is a good deal for us.”
Arsenal have the depth within their squad to cope with Gibbs’ departure due to the capture of Kolasinac and the experience of Spaniard Nacho Monreal, who’s largely played at centre-back this season, so a decision to sell is understandable.