It's been a quiet month in this transfer window, with clubs including Arsenal, restricted to minimal movement by Financial Fair Play. Usually there is at least a tenuous link to get our teeth stuck into, but with Mikel Arteta stating that the club would not be entering the market, the traditional transfer deadline day hope has been all but extinguished.
Arsenal have previously made a number of signings in the Winter transfer window, with several coming on deadline day itself. So while we can't look forward to an exciting new signing to bolster the squad, we can reminisce about some of the hits and indeed misses that deadline day has brought us over the years.
Completed for a then club-record fee of £15million, the deal was under threat following a snow storm that had grounded the country to a halt. With this in mind, the FA offered an element of leeway for the formal documentation to be submitted, resulting in the late announcement.
Arshavin went on to score 31 goals across 143 appearances, with most remembering him for his four goals at Anfield and his winner over Barcelona in the Champions League.
The deal itself formed a transfer triangle between Arsenal, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. The German side had refused to sanction the deal unless they signed a replacement, and had highlighted Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi as their primary target. Chelsea meanwhile would not let him leave the club unless they themselves brought in a replacement, with Olivier Giroud of Arsenal being their preferred option. This prompted a transfer merry-go-round that took the deal right to the wire.
Aubamayang continued his prolific goal-scoring throughout much of his Arsenal career, scoring 92 times and captaining them to the FA Cup in 2020. In 2022, he left the club under a cloud following a falling out with manager Mikel Arteta and a free transfer to Barcelona was eventually sanctioned. He would later return to the Premier League with Chelsea.
Suarez returned to Barcelona and signed for Celta Vigo, where he spent four years before leaving on loan to join Espanyol following a public feud with Celta Vigo president, Carlos Mourino. Espanyol had agreed to sign Suarez permanently should they avoid relegation, but after they failed to do so, he re-signed for Villarreal at the start of the 2023 season on a three year deal.
Following his medical, the issue was revealed and Arsenal were left with two options; sign an injured player, or sign no one at all. Arsenal opted for the former, and Kallstrom continued his rehabilitation at the club. He went on to make his debut in March, and famously came on in the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan Athletic, where he scored a crucial penalty in the deciding shoot-out. He went on to make his only start for the club three days later in a 3-1 win over West Ham United.
Although Arsenal went on to win the FA Cup against Hull City that season, Kallstrom was not included in the match-day squad, and it was shortly revealed that Arsenal would not be signing him permanently and he would be returning to his parent club.
Deputising for the injured Thomas Partey, his undoubted highlight came in the 4-2 victory at Villa Park over Aston Villa, where his stoppage time shot forced an own goal by Emi Martinez. His first official goal for the club came in the 6-0 win over RC Lens in the Champions League this season, when he notched a late penalty.
The Italian has endeared himself to the Emirates faithful, and despite an uncharacteristic error in the North London Derby, has proven himself to be a reliable deputy in Arsenal's midfield.