The 12 signings of Arsenal and where they are now by Unai Emery say a lot about Mikel Arteta

Less than three years have passed since then Unai Emery was relieved of his duties as Arsenal manager, and Mikel Arteta wasted little time unloading the players who arrived in North London under his compatriot.

Arteta has brought in a lot of his own players since taking the reins in December 2019. Starting center-backs Gabriel and Benjamin White have been recruited from the former. Manchester City coach, for example, as was goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Of course, new signatures need to be accommodated with sales and endings. With a few notable exceptions, such as Willian and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, a large number of those downloaded were signed by Emery.

Even more of the 12 signatures of the Spanish could find themselves in motion this summer as well, showing the scope of the revision. Here, Mirror Soccer take a closer look at the dozen to see what they are doing now.

Dani Ceballos

Ceballos was just a loan under Emery, but Arteta decided to take a closer look at renewing the interim deal for a second season. The Spanish international continued to feature in his last term, but the Gunners decided against signing him permanently.

Since returning to the Bernabeu, the former Real Betis man has been used sparingly by Carlo Ancelotti. However, he played a role in the Champions Leaguecoming off the bench in both legs of the semi-final against Manchester City and the final against Liverpool.

Matteo Guendouzi

Guendouzi had a role to play in the early days under Arteta. That ended in the summer of 2020, however, as events in a league meeting with Brighton led to the young midfielder being frozen.

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Guendouzi makes a constant move to Marseille



After a weak loan at Hertha Berlin in 2020-21, he spent the 2021-22 campaign with Marseille with much more success. At the end of a campaign that saw him make a senior debut for France, L’OM decided to make his move permanent.

Bernd Leno

Lane remained Arsenal’s first-choice goalkeeper in Arteta’s first full season, but that changed after Ramsdale’s arrival. The former Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper has played 35 league games in 2020-21 but only four this season, prompting speculation about his future.

Backing up Manuel Neuer at Euro 2020, Leno risks missing out on a place in the World Cup squad if he doesn’t play regularly. A summer move wouldn’t be a big surprise, especially as the German confessed that it was a “bitter” moment when he lost his starting place.

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Lichtsteiner left Arsenal before Arteta arrived



Lichtsteiner never looked like a long-term solution, even in the immediate aftermath of joining under Emery. Indeed, the Swiss veteran was gone even before Arteta arrived in North London.

After leaving in 2019, the right-back spent a season in Germany with Augsburg. At the end of that campaign, he announced his retirement from professional football.

David Luiz

David Luiz arrived from Chelsea in 2019 with a role to play, and he did just that, The Brazilian helped the Gunners win the FA Cup in 2020, beating his former club in the final, and continued to play under Arteta the following season.

His agreement was not renewed, however, and he left the Premier League club in 2021. The veteran is now back in Brazil with Flamengo, whom he helped reach the Copa Libertadores final last season.

Gabriel Martinelli

Martinelli kicked under Arteta


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There aren’t many Emery success stories, but Martinelli is one of them. The Brazilian joined Ituano in the final window of the manager, and scored his first Arsenal goals with the now-Villarreal boss at the helm.

However, the 20-year-old must have stepped under Arteta. After a challenging 2020-21 season, he came to his own this term and helped his team return to European competition.

Nicolas Pepe

At the other end of the scale, we have Pepe. The Ivory Coast have joined Arsenal in a club record deal in 2019, but appear ready to leave with a huge loss.

Pepe has only won once in the Premier League this season and has been mostly used off the bench or not at all. He was advised to leave this summer and Arsenal will be lucky to make a lot of return on the £ 72m he cost them from Lille.

Guillermo Saliba

Saliba has a great summer ahead of him


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It seems wrong to think of Saliba as an Emery signing since he still plays a first-team minute for Arsenal. However, this may explain why Arteta has so far been lukewarm about the defender.

After a few loans – including a successful one in Marseille this period – the central defender is at a crossroads. Many Arsenal fans want him back, but is it Arteta?


A £ 17.7m buyout from Borussia Dortmund, Socrates was a regular customer under Emery but anything other than that under Arteta. He did win in a win over Manchester United only days in the reign of the current manager, but disappeared from view not long after.

With Arsenal adding Gabriel and Pablo Mari to their ranks, there was no real need for the Greek international. However, they could not immediately download him and he spent time with the reservations before later moving to the Olympics in January 2021.

Socrates is now back in Greece with Olympics



Denis Suarez

If you’ve ever blinked in the 2018-19 season, you may have missed Denis Suarez’s Arsenal stint. Only six games, four of them in the Premier League, during a wound-hit loan spell.

He’s doing pretty well at Celta Vigo, at least. A one-cap marvel for Spain, he has been a regular for the La Liga side and has scored four times this season, including a winner in their last win of the campaign.

Kieran Tierney

As we mentioned earlier with Martinelli, not every Emery signing was a failure. Tierney has been a key man for Arsenal since joining the Celtics in 2019, playing in the 2020 Cup final victory and remaining a regular customer when appropriate.

Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s recent success stories


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Of course, “when appropriate” remains a warning. The left back has been much missed at the end of the 2021-22 season after being injured again, but is still one of the most vital members of Arteta’s squad.

Lucas Torreira

Injuries were also a problem for Torreira at Arsenal, with an inappropriate absence in the 2019-20 season limiting his chances of impressing Arteta early on. The £ 26 million Uruguayan was allowed to leave on loan to Atletico Madrid when Arsenal picked a second season from Ceballos, and he was loaned out again after Martin Odegaard completed a permanent move to North London.

Torreira’s stint with Fiorentina was generally more successful. However, with the Serie A club seemingly unwilling to meet the Gunners ’demanding price, the former Sampdoria man looks ready for a not entirely happy return to the Emirates Stadium – at least until a buyer can be found.

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