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    Aneesh Chandoke: Arsenal have enjoyed a successful January transfer window

    Another entertainment-filled transfer window slams shut and now football is back to disturb us.

    Sounds wrong right? I know but this is what it actually felt like. Never before I have seen such a busy winter transfer window in Premier League.

    Arsenal fans have seen lots of unexpected stuff over the years but one thing that has still surprised most fans is the flurry of transfer activity in January.

    Much of the transfer period was consumed by the Alexis Sanchez saga, will he go or will he stay, will he join Man City or Man Utd, etc.

    Arsenal maintained their stance of wanting a player in exchange just what they tried to do in the summer when they were asking for Raheem Sterling in exchange from Manchester City.

    A player swap deal between Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan suits all parties. Arsenal come out from a very tough situation of losing a great player for free with a class player on their books.

    Newly appointed transfer scout Sven Mislintat identified the young Greek centre back Konstantinos Mavropanos and judging by the comments of Arsene Wenger, the young defender is impressive in training and hence has not been loaned out.

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a player who will be perfect for Arsenal. He works hard, he scores goals, he can match the wavelengths of creative midfielders like Mesut Ozil and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

    The Gabonese forward has scored 141 goals in his 3 and a half years at Borussia Dortmund and scored a hat-trick in his Bundesliga debut. More of the same please.

    Theo Walcott has served Arsenal for a long time and it was essential for him to go out and find his form once again. Everton will be a perfect team for him and who knows may get a call for the England's World Cup squad.

    For the very same reason Olivier Giroud opted to leave the club to search regular gametime in order to make France's World Cup squad - although one may think how will he get those games at Chelsea.

    Francis Coquelin also was on his way out to Valencia and joins former Gunner Gabriel Paulista at the Spanish club.

    Arsenal have failed to find defensive reinforcements in this transfer window but it's clear that in this whole season trimming down the squad was a necessity which has been done successfully. Finally I can feel that there is a sense of planning been done for the future.

    Overall this has been a successful window but the summer window will be huge. I expect Arsenal to focus on buying more than selling in the summer and for that to happen, trimming down the squad was essential. Had it been done in the summer, the season would have gone much better. But better late than never.

    Arsenal fans were desperate for something positive and the signings of Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and appointments of scout Sven Mislintat and head of football relations Raul Sanllehi have given us a good start.


    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

    Konstantinos Mavropanos (PAS Giannina)

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United)


    Theo Walcott (Everton)

    Francis Coquelin (Valencia)

    Mathieu Debuchy (Saint Etienne)

    Olivier Giroud (Chelsea)

    Loaned out (selected players)

    Jeff-Reine Adelaide, Chuba Akpom, Krystian Bielik

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