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Arsenal snags Arteta, Chelsea lands Meireles in final deadline minutes

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Arsenal has filled the void left behind by one Spanish playmaker with another.

At the end of a wild transfer deadline day in Europe, Arsenal agreed to a £10 million transfer with Everton and signed central midfielder Mikel Arteta to a four-year deal to play the role vacated by Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal also secured the services of Yossi Benayoun on loan from Chelsea for the remainder of the season.

In the last two days, Arsenal added Arteta, Benayoun, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos and Park Chu-young to help compensate for a slow start to the season all while losing Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Nicklas Bendtner and Gael Clichy.

Here are a few more items from the conclusion of the transfer window:


With half an hour remaining until the transfer deadline, Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles submitted a transfer request, and Chelsea happily pounced on the opportunity to sign its transfer target.

After Liverpool had rebuffed Chelsea's initial approach for the Portuguese midfielder, the Reds had no choice but to cooperate after Meierles' late request put the club in a no-win situation.

Meireles signed a four-year deal with Chelsea after the £12 million transfer had been agreed upon.


Despite a late surge from Newcastle United, Costa Rican attacker Bryan Ruiz has joined Clint Dempsey at Fulham.

The Cottagers paid £10 million for the services of the goalscorer, who will boost Fulham's attack immensely, especially considering Dempsey did not get transfered elsewhere.


Everton won't be feeling good about losing its playmaker, but it managed to acquire the services of Royston Drenthe on loan for the remainder of the season from Real Madrid.

Everton also made up for losing striker Yakubu Ayegbeni by adding Argentine forward Denis Stracqualursi on loan from Tigres.


Queens Park Rangers left its stamp on the transfer window by bringing in former Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips on a permanent transfer.

Wright-Phillips signed a three-year deal after the transfer was completed.


What do you think about Arsenal's transfer haul? What do you make of Meireles' late transfer request? Think Fulham will thrive with Ruiz? Do you think Everton is in relegation trouble? Think QPR can stay up?

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