Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares both saw their loan stints at the club made permanent, with Willian then arriving on a free transfer from Chelsea.
The first major outlay of the summer was the capture of Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille, who has quickly established himself in the squad, before Alex Runarsson arrived after Emiliano Martinez’s departure to Aston Villa.
It’s fair to say that Arsenal, and indeed Mikel Arteta, wanted more though and central midfield was an area of focus throughout the transfer window.
Thomas Partey’s name consistently cropped up but, with Atletico Madrid insisting his £45.4m release clause must be paid in full, it seemed a transfer would not occur.
The chase for Houssem Aouar then developed, before Lyon pulled the plug on any negotiations on the eve of Deadline Day, while links with Chelsea’s Jorginho were also present.
Then Deadline Day came and with it the news that Arsenal fans dare not dream would happen – Partey was on his way to the Emirates Stadium.
Fans were forced to wait patiently for the announcement, which came 15 minutes after the transfer window came to a close, and with it came celebrations aplenty.
Arsenal fans quickly got ‘Partey Time’ trending in the UK, as they celebrated a deal which stood out as the most significant in the Premier League on Deadline Day.