- 2017/18 Season
Arsenal Football Club began their transfer assault for the season by the signing of Seas Kolasinac, on the 6th of June 2017. He arrived as a free agent when his contract at Schalke 04 elapsed. His transfer was further boosted by the arrival of Andre Lacazette who joined just a month after, on the 5th of July, from Lyon with a club record transfer fee of £46.5 million.
The January window opened officially for the Gunners with the signing of the Greek Defender Konstantin is Mavropanos coming from PA Giannini to join the team. Henrikh Mkhitaryan came into the first team after a player-swap with Alexis Sanchez going the other way to Manchester United. The club was later to break their club record transfer deal with the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for a fee of £56m on the last day of January.
Four players were released after their contracts ran down and these were Yaya Sanofi, Kristopher Da Graça, Kostas Pilea, and Stefan O'Connor. Other players who left the team include Chris Willcox who joined FC Benfica after the expiration of his contract.
Kaylen Hinds left for Wolfsburg on a £2.5m deal. Arsenal former first-choice goalie Wojciech Szczesny left for Juventus FC for a fee of £10m after racking up 150 appearances in an eight-year tenure.
Olivier Giroud swapped Arsenal for Chelsea leaving the Emirates for Stamford Bridge. Fan favourite Theo Walcott and Defensive Midfielder Francois Coquelin left for Everton and Valencia respectively. In all, the club recorded 22 out-bound transfers.
Arsenal amateur goalie Luke Samsosa has since retired from football after turning 35. Since quitting football, he’s admitted that he has been playing FIFA and at a live online casino, which offers him bigger and better challenges. He’s further confirmed that he has found his calling by playing online. He confided that, “Playing at a live online casino is a lot more satisfactory than playing on the field.”
The club began their transfer campaign for the season with the free transfers of Stephan Lichsteiner, coming in on a free transfer from Italian Champions Juventus on the 1st of July 2018. This was followed the same day with the signing of Bend Leno from Bayer Leverkusen on a £22.5m deal.
The next day the club got the signing of Borrusia Dortmund Defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos paying the sum of £14m. Dynamic midfielder Lucas Torreira arrived from Sampodoria after impressing at the World Cup on a £27m deal on the 10th of July same year. Another major signing was the arrival of Lorient player Matteo Guendouzi coming into the first team on the 11th of July 2018.
Santi Cazorla was released back to Villarreal, Center-back Per Mertesacker retired from the first team while Jack Wilshere and Marc Bola were released after the expiration of their contracts. The following players left for undisclosed fees:
Chuba Akpom to PAOK Thessaloniki
Lucas Perez to West Ham United
Joel Campbell to Frosinone FC
Stephy Mavididi to Juventus FC
Daniel Barden to Norwich City