Arsenal got Aaron Ramsdale and others through ‘failed’ transfers keeping them on course for the Premier League

Few could have predicted that Mikel Arteta and Edu would be the dream team to bring Premier League glory back to Arsenal, but it certainly looks like it.

The duo were more often than not complementary midfield stars during their playing careers with the Gunners, but now look set to achieve legendary status in management.

Arteta and Edu have mastered Arsenal's title charge

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Arteta and Edu have mastered Arsenal’s title charge

Doubters turned believers as Arteta turned painful defeats into win after win, while Edu went from struggling stars to high earners like David Luiz and Matteo Guendouzi to becoming a master of the transfer market.

Things could have been very different, however, with the sporting director apparently not always having his first choice, only to nail the replacement.

As recently as January, Arsenal were in pole position to land Mykhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk, with the Ukrainian constantly flirting with the club via social media posts.

It looked like a match made in heaven with just the transfer fee to arrange, but big-spending Chelsea owner Todd Boehly quickly took the price beyond reason.

Arsenal quickly backed away from allowing the Blues to spend £88.5million on a player who has yet to score or assist, and looks far short of the quality expected of one of the most expensive footballers of all time .

Meanwhile Leandro Trossard, who was instead signed for £27m from Brighton, has one goal and five assists, and could end up being the player to help Arsenal beat Manchester City to the title.

Mudryk hasn't started yet

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Mudryk hasn’t started yet

Trossard steals for 60 million pounds less

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Trossard steals for 60 million pounds less

It wasn’t the only crossroads in January between the two London rivals, with Arsenal exploiting Chelsea’s bloated midfield to sign Jorginho for just £12m.

The Italy international was set to become a free agent which made him very affordable, but just like Trossard he quickly proved his worth, becoming a regular starter and even having a deflected strike for a famous win over Aston Villa .

But again, this deal was only possible because Arsenal missed other targets, with Douglas Luiz and Moises Caicedo clearly higher on the list of things to improve in midfield.

Aston Villa remained firm on Luiz despite several deadline-day offers last summer, while Brighton turned down a club-record £75m offer for Caicedo in January. It wasn’t a problem for Arsenal, with Jorginho filling in impressively.

Arsenal have made several offers for Luiz and Caicedo

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Arsenal have made several offers for Luiz and Caicedo

Jorginho has proven to be a much cheaper option and plays in midfield

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Jorginho has proven to be a much cheaper option and plays in midfield

Earlier that year, Arsenal launched a chase for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, who Arteta apparently had his eye on as the forward’s long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

Despite their clear advances in January 2022, the Serbia international was uninterested, instead joining Juventus in a £66million deal, and has since struggled to replicate his form since the Tuscany.

Securing the exits for Aubameyang and Lacazette, it was clear that Arteta and Edu had something up their sleeves and were waiting to complete a £50m deal for Gabriel Jesus six months later. You could say that this firepower didn’t cost the club a place in the Champions League.

Much like Vlahovic, Man City clearly didn’t take the Gunners seriously, which has proven detrimental to Jesus for taking them out on a flyer this season.

Vlahovic did not rate Arsenal and chose Juve

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Vlahovic did not rate Arsenal and chose Juve

This paved the way for an eventual agreement with Jesus

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This paved the way for an eventual agreement with Jesus

He wasn’t City’s only key arrival last summer, however, with Oleksandr Zinchenko signed in what now looks like a £35million move.

The Gunners chased Lisandro Martinez out of Ajax but Manchester United beat them to the punch with a £60million deal – not that Arsenal care.

City had also beaten Arsenal to bring in young Spaniard Sergio Gomez from Anderlecht as an identical replacement at left-back, but the decision has so far looked confusing, with Arsenal laughing as Zinchenko is one of the best players of the Premier League.

With defence, midfield and attack all covered, there was even a story in goal where Arsenal again proved not to be bothered with in the transfer market.

Zinchenko's performance was outstanding

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Zinchenko’s performance was outstanding

Ramsdale could become a club legend

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Ramsdale could become a club legend

Ramsdale received the man of the match against Liverpool

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Ramsdale received the man of the match against Liverpool

Deciding to leave goalkeeper Bernd Leno, Arteta and Edu considered bringing in the Premier League starters straight in, and Brentford’s David Raya seemed the obvious choice.

This, after all, is a man who was included in Spain’s World Cup squad ahead of David de Gea.

The bees remained firm and Arsenal quickly moved on to newly relegated Sheffield United, securing Aaron Ramsdale in a £30m deal in 2021.

Some Gooners have groaned, but the deal now looks like money well spent as much more expensive keepers struggle to match its consistency.

And if Arsenal end the season as champions, they could show their number 1 at Anfield.

His late saves kept Liverpool at bay and even won praise from analyst Roy Keane, which is not easy to do.

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