Arsene Wenger’s new Gunners

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Arsenal, the most consistent top four finishers in the premier league made major signings during the summer before the commencement of the 2016/2017 season. Arsene Wenger’s men finished the season in the top 2 as runners-up to Leicester City and moved into the European transfer market to add quality to the squad.

The shrewd French manager who had shown in the last two consecutive seasons that he wasn’t afraid to spend big on deserved quality like Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez went for Skhodran Mustafi the German center back, Granit Xhaka the Swiss Midfielder, Lucas Perez the Spanish striker and Bolton Wanderer’s utility defensive prospect, Rob Holding.

These new signings have made an impact on their new club. Some more than others. Let’s take a look at their numbers so far.
SKHODRAN MUSTAFI

NATIONALITY: GERMANY

PREVIOUS CLUB: VALENCIA

POSITION: DEFENDER – CENTER BACK

The German international with his Viking look has unarguably been the best buy for Arsenal this season. He has carved a niche for himself and established himself as a mainstay with decent performances in Arsenal’s defense line to secure a place alongside Laurent Koscielny. Arsenal’s defense was decent after his introduction this season as was evident by the ‘ARSENAL HAS NOT LOST ANY GAME MUSTAFI STARTED’ chants amongst Arsenal fans. Though, the myth has been quashed recently. A decent tackler, interceptor of the ball and has a decent aerial presence in defense for his height. Below are his numbers:

20 games in the PL. All starts
1735 minutes played in the PL
7 starts in the UCL with 630 minutes played
4 starts in the FA cup
1 goal and 1 assist in the PL
6 yellows to his name in the PL and 1 in the UCL
2 man of the match awards won in the PL
GRANIT XHAKA

NATIONALITY: SWITZERLAND

PREVIOUS CLUB: BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH

POSITION: MIDFIELDER – CENTRAL MIDFIELDER

The Swiss midfielder has also put in significant efforts to ensure he is being counted as a major part of the team. His aggression is one of his traits that Arsenal has needed for a while although he goes over the top at times in terms of his discipline in tackles. A hard tackler of the ball and very capable of releasing pile drivers as shots. Has scored a couple of screamers this season to the amazement of fans and rival fans alike. Possesses an excellent passing range and spreads play effectively. Round up of his numbers so far:

21 games in the PL, with 17 starts 4 substitute appearances
7 games in the UCL with 5 starts and 2 sub appearances
1563 minutes played in the PL and 479 minutes played in the UCL
3 starts in the FA cup
2 games in the league cup. 1 start and 1 sub appearance
1 goal each in the PL, UCL and league cup
2 assists in the PL
3 yellows in the PL, 3 yellows in the UCL and 2 yellows in the FA cup
2 red cards received in the PL
LUCAS PEREZ

NATIONALITY: SPAIN

PREVIOUS CLUB:

POSITION: ATTACKER – CENTER FORWARD, ATTACKING MIDFIELD

Deportivo’s hitman at the Riazor and outside was signed by Arsenal to complement the attack. He was impressive in his last season in the Laliga, netting 17 goals in 36 appearances, his career best. He hasn’t really featured much in the Arsenal side and is yet to carve a niche for himself in Arsenal’s forward line. However, he has relatively impressive numbers going by the number of appearances and duration of time he has spent on the pitch. Has an eye for that final pass. His number are mentioned below:

11 appearance in the PL, 2 starts, and 9 sub appearances
265 minutes played in the PL
3 appearances in the UCL. 1 start and 2 sub apps
4 appearances in the FA cup. 3 starts and 1 sub appearance
1 yellow card in the league cup
3 starts in the league cup
1 goal in the PL
3 goals and 2 assists in the UCL. A hat-trick to his name against Basel
1 goal in the FA cup and 2 in the league cup
1 man of the match award in the UCL
ROB HOLDING

NATIONALITY: ENGLAND

PREVIOUS CLUB: BOLTON WANDERERS

POSITION: DEFENDER – CENTER BACK, RIGHT BACK

The English man was the low-key signing of the season for Arsenal. A prospect snapped up by Wenger from Bolton Wanderers. He’s obviously one for the future but has still managed to contribute his little quota to the success of the club this season. A promising defender who is relatively good in tackling and interceptions. These are his numbers:

1 start in the UCL with 90 minutes played
3 starts in the PL with 270 minutes played
3 appearances in the FA cup. 2 starts and 1 sub appearance
3 appearances in the league cup. All starts
1 yellow card to his name in the PL
These are Wenger’s new buys and we hope they have a significant and positive say in where Arsenal finishes up this season.

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