Former Hammer joins fellow signings Kai Havertz and Jurrien Timber in a timely revamp – a bold statement of intent

It is a far cry from the inefficient, uncertain Arsenal people had come to know. When Mikel Arteta takes his squad to the Adidas training facilities in Bavaria this week he can reflect that, a few further tweaks aside, he is working with the group he believes can win the Premier League.

Pre-season has hardly begun in earnest but their coffers are £200m lighter and the next phase of Arteta’s plan to restore the Gunners’ supremacy can begin without recourse to a deadline-day trolley dash.

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