Arsenal have confirmed their first signing of the summer, have already agreed a deal for a second transfer and are expected to be busy for the remainder of the window.
Marquinhos is Arsenal’s first signing of the 2022 summer transfer window. But could the club be about to turn back the clocks to 2019 and repeat a £138m spending spree in addition to the deal for the 19-year-old?
Well, there are some similarities. Three years ago, the Gunners were coming off a Premier League season where they finished fifth after narrowly missing out on Champions League qualification and kickstarted their transfer business back by signing a not too well known Brazilian youngster.
Of course, Gabriel Martinelli – signed from the lower leagues in Brazil – went on to surprise many by enjoying an impressive debut campaign by scoring 10 goals across all competitions – which included finding the back of the net away from home against both Liverpool and Chelsea.
Fast forward to the present day and Arsenal are looking to repeat the trick as Marquinhos is the club’s first signing, after once again missing out on Champions League qualification to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on the final day of last season and subsequently finishing fifth.
Three years ago the Gunners followed up the £6m deal for Martinelli by spending a further £132m to sign Nicolas Pepe – for a club-record £72m fee – Kieran Tierney (£25m), William Saliba (£27m) and David Luiz (£8m) which took their total outlay to £138m, whilst Dani Ceballos joined on a season-long loan from Real Madrid.
In many ways Arsenal have already begun the process to mirror the 2019 summer spending spree. Not only is a young Brazilian the first one in, but goalkeeper Matt Turner’s move from New England Revolution should be announced shortly and he will cost in the region of £7m.
Amid interest in Gabriel Jesus and Youri Tielemans, it’s likely that Arsenal will have to spend upwards of £65m to sign both players and whilst it’s unlikely that the club will break their transfer record this summer, The Athletic claim it would cost at least £60m-£70m to bring in Leeds United winger Raphinha whom they’ve been linked with in recent days.
Furthermore, with technical director Edu hopeful of securing an £18million deal for the 19-year-old Bologna defender Aaron Hickey, there’s every chance that the Gunners will spend big before the deadline. And the good news for those fans who are already showing signs of frustration is that as previously reported by football.london, the club are planning a significant transfer outlay this summer.
Looking at the 15 permanent signings since Stan Kroenke became the club’s sole shareholder in September 2018 and it points towards Arsenal being very busy this summer. 12 months after spending £138m, Gabriel Magalhaes (£27m), Pablo Mari (£6.8m) and Runar Alex Runarsson (£1m) were recruited and Kroenke stepped in to help fund Thomas Partey’s £45m move from Atletico Madrid.
Then when factoring in last summer’s well-documented £150million spend on six new signings – Aaron Ramsdale, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Benjamin White, Nuno Tavares, Albert Sambi Lokonga and Martin Odegaard – that’s over £350million spent across the three summer transfer windows under KSE’s ownership.
Like with Martinelli in 2019, Arsenal’s deal for Marquinhos could kickstart another big spending spree. Recent history shows that Kroenkes are willing to spend at least £100million in a summer window and if this trend continues then moves for Gabriel Jesus, Tielemans and others may not be too far away from being completed.