Arsenal chief Richard Garlick makes positive transfer claim ahead of January window

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Arsenal chief Richard Garlick has had a promising start to life in his new role at the club. Garlick was appointed director of football operations at Arsenal earlier this year. His job involves getting transfer dealings, in and out of the club, over the line.

Arsenal made six major signings in the summer transfer window.

The club spent more money than any other team in Europe.

All six players have had a positive impact on Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Aaron Ramsdale has become the club’s first-choice goalkeeper, whereas Takehiro Tomiyasu and Ben White are already firm fixtures in defence.

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Albert Sambi Lokonga and Nuno Tavares are exciting prospects for the future, and Martin Odegaard has shown glimpses of his quality following his permanent move from Real Madrid.

Garlick has spoken out on the club’s summer business and said that almost all of the deals they wanted to complete were done.

That is a major plus for Arsenal who have seen a regular turnover of recruitment staff in recent years, which has made a consistent plan hard to stick by,

Speaking to the Arsenal programme, Garlick said: “From a personal point of view, I was pleased with how the window went.

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“I think there were 57 transactions in total, including renewals, academy registrations and the transfers in and out.

“The first-team plan was executed very well, I’d say 90 to 95 per cent of what we wanted to do got done. It was a difficult market, but we had a plan and we stuck to it.

“We have got a lot of good people behind the scenes at the club.

“They are very diligent, very professional, very hard-working so it all came together well in the end.”

Garlick also went into further detail about his role of helping get signings completed.

He works closely alongside technical director Edu and first-team manager Mikel Arteta.

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Garlick added: “While the transfer window was open, my job was virtually 100 per cent supporting Edu, Mikel and Per [Mertesacker] around player acquisitions and sales – whether that was men’s first team or academy, renewing contracts and finding solutions for players that we were selling, or sending players out on loan.

“Typically, as the transfer deals progress further, that’s when my involvement grows.

“We get to the point where we have contracts ready to sign, that have been agreed by the board, the finance department and the legal department.

“Then they are presented to the player and his agent to complete the signing.”

Arsenal are already linked with a host of players ahead of the January transfer window as Arteta aims to bring European football back to the Emirates.

And Garlick seems to be a good foil to help the Spaniard implement his plans.

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