Arteta and Edu’s £50m transfer window mistake highlighted amid Arsenal’s dismal Premier League start

Arsenal spent more than £150 million on new players this summer, making them the Premier League’s greatest overspenders.

IMG 20210901 103530 764Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, and Takehiro Tomiyasu all had significant fees paid to them, but according to a new study commissioned by website Ticketgum, the players with the highest fees are Ben White, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, and Takehiro Tomiyasu.
The Gunners spent more than the market price for the players.

The company evaluated the total money spent to the combined worth of the players according to Transfermarkt, using fees published by reputable sources.
Arsenal’s new signings were only worth £107.1 million in total, which is £49.7 million less than the £158.8 million invested.

Two of the transfers in particular raised some eyebrows, with Brighton’s Ben White fetching £50 million and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale fetching up to £30 million.
Arsenal’s technical director Edu, on the other hand, recently defended their summer activity, stressing that each signing is part of the club’s long-term strategy.

The Brazilian told Arsenal’s official website, “I think you have to understand the wider picture.”
“I’d like to clarify that it’s not about this summer; it’s about the project,” she says. It’s all about what we want to accomplish.” We’ve started the project and are currently in the middle of it, so it’s not just one window and then gone; it’s window, window, window, window.”
The new arrivals’ average age is just 22, and despite a poor start to the 2021-22 season, it’s simple to see why the club is delighted with their summer business.

Manchester City were also thought to be big spenders, splurging £40 million above market value on new arrivals, but Manchester United secured the finest deals.
That may come as a surprise given the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Jadon Sancho, but they arrived for £59.8 million less than their total value.

Chelsea and Tottenham both outspent transfermarkt values, albeit by a smaller margin than Arsenal, spending £7.5 million and £9.6 million more than the Gunners.