One key transfer to watch for every Premier League team in 2016-17
With the Premier League awash in television contract money, the transfer market has not been quiet this summer. Plenty of new recruits have landed in advance of the new season, and there is no doubt that much more trading will take place before the transfer window shuts on Sept. 1. For now, in advance of the big kickoff on Aug.13, let's look at a key signing for each club and speculate how he will fit into his new environment:
Arsenal | Granit Xhaka | Midfield
Signed from: Borussia Monchengladbach
The amount of time Mathieu Flamini spent playing in Arsenal's midfield last season (1089 minutes) was a stark indication that reinforcements were needed. With Mikel Arteta also departing, this time into retirement, the signing of Xhaka brings relative youth and added energy into the centre of the team. He's a high-volume passer, having averaged around 70 passes per game for the last two seasons, but he also has a bit of bite: his tackle and interception rate has been over five per game. To be critical, his four fouls conceded per game is a touch high and he may have to learn to rein that in, but otherwise the Switzerland international, who turns 24 in September, looks a solid recruit.