Transfer window – Premier League winners and losers: Arsenal to Crystal Palace

Arsenal

He took his time but eventually Arsene Wenger delivered – with a big name if not quite the player the Gunners needed. Mesut Ozil comes for a club record fee but questions remain over the make-up of the midfield – is Mathieu Flamini, brought back on a free transfer, the answer?

Verdict: Winners (just)

Aston Villa

Paul Lambert kept to his policy of signing young, physical players and in that regard, the manager should be commended for having a clear game plan. But are Villa too one-dimensional – could they have benefitted from a bit of craft to go with the graft? They at least look a better proposition today than a year ago.

Verdict: Winners

Cardiff

The Welsh side repeatedly broke their club transfer record and in Steven Caulker have an England international centre-back to marshal the defence. Gary Medel is another intriguing signing, the Pitbull there to add bite to midfield. But goals are what Malky Mackay needs most – is Andreas Cornelius going to provide them?

Verdict: Jury’s out

Chelsea

Jose Mourinho didn’t get Wayne Rooney in the end – but did snap up Samuel Eto’o and how much the Cameroonian has left will be crucial. But it’s been more a case of adding here or there than a complete overhaul; Mourinho’s chances of success rest on getting the best from the players already at the club.

Verdict: Jury’s out

Crystal Palace

Quantity, quality or both? That’s the question facing Ian Holloway and his many, many summer signings. The Eagles undoubtedly needed new faces, a dash of Premier League experience and a sprinkling of more options for the manager but it still looks like being a struggle in south London. You can’t fault Holloway for trying, though.

Verdict: Winners

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