Some left it late, others did their business early but among some eye-catching arrivals which clubs have been the smartest?

Few clubs can have spent nearly £150m in one transfer window yet left its fanbase feeling utterly demoralised. Arsenal have strengthened in the areas they felt they needed but just how much the incoming players will raise the overall standard of the first XI remains to be seen. Why spend £24m on Aaron Ramsdale when you already have Bernd Leno? The farcical situation with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who took to Instagram to try to force a move away from the club before deciding to stay, did not help either. Marcus Christenson

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