People’s opinions of what Arsenal have done during this transfer window will, obviously, differ.
However, there’s no question that the club have been busy, doing a significant number of deals to trim the squad and add a little here and there.
For the sake of discussion, and to have a record of it, here is the full list of what Arsenal did during the January transfer window in 2021.
Jan 1st: Sead Kolasinac joins Schalke on loan * (deal actually announced on Dec 31st).
Jan 4th: William Saliba joins Nice on loan.
Jan 8th: Matt Macey joins Hibernian.
Jan 24th: Mesut Ozil joins Fenerbahce.
Feb 1st: Matt Smith recalled from Swindon loan, joins Charlton on loan.
Feb 1st: Zech Medley joins Kilmarnock on loan.
Feb 1st: Joe Willock joins Newcastle on loan.
Feb 1st: Shkodran Mustafi joins Schalke.
Jan 7th: Omar Rekik signs from Hertha Berlin.
Jan 22nd: Mat Ryan joins on loan from Brighton.
So a busy month by any standards, and when you add the likes of Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, Dinos Mavropanos, Emi Martinez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who all departed in one way or another before the previous deadline in October, it shows just how much churn there has been in a pretty short period of time.
It’s clear that significant efforts have been made to streamline the squad, for various reasons, and while there’s still a long way to go this season, it’s hard not to look ahead to the summer to see how we’re going to try and improve things in the market.