League-Bottom Arsenal Emerge as Highest Spenders Despite Cristiano Ronaldo Move to Manchester United

Published 09/01/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 05: Arsenal players look dejected following a draw in the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Brighton & Hove Albion at Emirates Stadium on May 05, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Arsenal Football Club has never been in a worse position than this. The former Premier League champions currently sit at the bottom of the Premier League table after losing their first three games. However, that’s not the only area of concern for the North London club.

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The club were the biggest spenders in the summer transfer window as no other club topped the 149 million euros they spent. Manchester United were second after spending 128 million euros. However, there’s a huge gap in the quality of players both clubs signed.

Manchester United signed serial UEFA Champions League winner Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. Moreover, they also finally signed Jadon Sancho, a player they were looking at for over a year. However, their biggest signing has undoubtedly been Cristiano Ronaldo.

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On the other hand, Arsenal’s incoming transfers don’t look too promising. The North London club signed six players in this transfer window, but none of them were established Premier League players other than Ben White.

Nuno Tavares, Sambi Lokonga, Martin Odegaard, Aaron Ramsdale, and Takehiro Tomiyasu were the other five players. The club has focused on signing young players as all these players are aged 25 or younger. However, it could be argued that for a club with problems as dire as Arsenal’s, signing some sure-starters would’ve been wiser.

Understanding Arsenal and their transfer window

Odegaard and Ramsdale have some Premier League experience, and the Norwegian was exceptional during his time with Real Sociedad. However, his career hasn’t yet lived up to its billing as Real Madrid signed him at the age of 16.

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On the other hand, Aaron Ramsdale has been relegated in his past four seasons, the last of these coming in the 2020-21 season with Sheffield United. It does look like a bad omen for the club, but Ramsdale is still a good backup keeper.

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Surely, Arsenal aren’t going to be relegated but with the outlay this summer, Arteta needs to start showing some significant achievements to safeguard his position.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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