Wenger had initially refused to make any purchases in the transfer market. Fans got depressed, and players started getting disillusioned. Sanchez and Ozil, in particular, had declined to sign a new contract, fearing the club was too complacent for them.
After picking up one point from the first two games, it seems like Wenger decided to appease the fans. In doing so, he has purchased to players for an accumulative fee of $60 million. The players are Mustafi from Valencia and Lucas Perez from Depotivo.
Mustafi was part of a formidable defense that saw Valencia avoid relegation after a torrid midseason. While Perez was a shining light in an otherwise dismal Deportivo season scoring 17 goals, including a stunner against Barcelona.
The two are believed to go straight to the first team, especially Mustafi with two senior center backs out injured. Perez has the versatility to play all across the front three. His pace will be a vital asset up front as Ozil and Carzola can thread, those beautiful balls they are so famous for.
Wenger finally opened up on the two players. “We have worked hard all summer long to make purchases.” He said, defending himself from claims that he made panic buys. “I believe in Mustafi and Perez we have two players of unbelievable potential.”
However, with the rise and rise of young Rob Holding at center back, many believe that Mustafi’s way into the first team may not be as easy. The young English center back has proved experienced and mature beyond his tender years.