5th place Richarlison; Ranking of Tottenham and Arsenal’s 11 signings

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Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have made 11 signings so far this summer. And some very exciting ones at that.

But who is the proverbial crème de la crème? North London’s best newcomers? A £45m Brazilian international or one of Europe’s most complete midfielders? A Barcelona loanee or a man with four Premier League champions medals on his resume?

Let’s get some backup goalies out of the way first…

11) Matt Turner – Arsenal, 7 million pounds

Was there a second goalkeeper better than Brand Leno in the Premier League last season? With all due respect to Turner, the American international feels easily relegated to Fulham’s resident German.

He certainly wasn’t as impressive in Arsenal’s 5-3 pre-season win over Nuremberg in July.

10) Fraser Forrester – Tottenham Hotspur, free transfer

Like Turner, Forster is unlikely to play top-flight football in the 2022-2023 season. But his proven track record in the Premier League makes the 34-year-old a solid and sensible addition to a team that has been without a reliable replacement for Hugo Lloris for too long.

Forster was arguably Southampton’s most consistent player in the final months of last season.

9) Marquinius – Arsenal, 3 million pounds

Arsenal have beaten Wolves and Atletico Madrid to sign the latest hot-heeled winger to emerge from Brazilian football. But at just 19, Marquinhos may have to wait for his chance at the Emirates. Mirror I think he can be loaned out while he gets experience on this side of the Atlantic.

But then again, nobody expected his samba star, Gabriel Martinelli, to take the Emirates by storm. Can Marquinhos emulate his compatriot’s immediate impact in the English capital?

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8) Clemens Lenglet – Tottenham, loan

You can expect a French international belonging to Barcelona to rank higher on this list. But Lenglet arrives in north London after a difficult couple of seasons at Camp Nou. To some Barca fans, he has become a symbol of the club’s weakness, a series of glaring mistakes meaning he joins Tottenham with something to prove.

7) Djed Spence – Tottenham Hotspur, £20 million

Critics will argue that £20 million is too much to risk for a footballer who has never played in the Premier League. But if Spence’s furious performances against Arsenal, Leicester City and Liverpool in Nottingham Forest’s FA Cup run are anything to go by, the England Under-21 international should be an immediate improvement over the unconvincing Emerson Royal and Matt Doherty.

It fits perfectly with Antonio Conte’s defensive system.

6) Fabio Vieira – Arsenal, 34 million pounds

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Last year, Fabio Vieira followed in the footsteps of Juan Mata, Thiago Alcantara, Andrea Pirlo, Fabio Cannavaro and Luis Figo to take home the European Under-21 Championship Player of the Year award.

And the £34m playmaker looks like a classic Arsenal player. All cunning and coolness, skill and style. The only question is, with Martin Odegaard and Emil Smith Rowe competing, can Vieira make his way into Mikel Arteta’s starting line-up?

5) Richardson – Tottenham Hotspur, £60 million

The most expensive player on this list, Tottenham’s £60million number nine, was last season’s worst draw at Everton. In fact, without him, the Toffees will probably be playing league football this weekend.

But it speaks volumes for the strength of Spurs’ attack that the Brazil international can struggle to establish himself in his new surroundings. With Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and Dejan Kulusevski, Tottenham currently have the strongest front line in the division.

4) Alexander Zinchenko – Arsenal, 32 million pounds

One of Europe’s most underrated footballers, Zinchenko feels an immediate upgrade over the similarly left-footed Granit Xhaka. Whether in central midfield or at left-back, the classy Ukrainian will bring reliability and versatility to Arsenal’s squad, not to mention winning four Premier League medals.

3) Ivan Perisic – Tottenham Hotspur, free transfer

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Normally, the 33-year-old’s free agent arrival would raise an eyebrow or two. But Ivan Perisic is not an ordinary 33-year-old. The evergreen winger, who is aging like the best bottle of red, was undoubtedly the most influential striker in all of Serie A last season.

Did we mention that Perisic was one of the stars of the show as Conte’s Inter stormed to Scudetto glory in 2021?

2) Eve Bisuma – Tottenham Hotspur, £25 million

Is there anything master finance can’t do? Whether he’s breaking down attacks with a crisp challenge or smashing a third with one of his trademark audacious runs, Bissuma feels like one of the best signings of the summer, even at £25m.

Tottenham can finally have the Moussa Dembele replacement they have been longing for.

1) Gabriel Jesus – Arsenal, 45 million pounds

Judging by the Brazilian’s brilliant pre-season performances, Arsenal could be a scary proposition for defense in the Premier League this season. Combining the work-rate of Alexandre Lacazette with the ruthlessness of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jesus already seems to have come to terms with Arsenal’s set of players who break apart in defence.

Maybe a foreign bet for the golden shoe?

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In other ‘very soon’ news: Wolves and Man City target England trip after big bid

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