Garcia and Nastastic Join Arsenal
Javi Garcia has joined in exchange for Per Mertesacker
Manchester City duo Javi Garcia and Matija Nastasic have both joined Arsenal FC, with German defender Per Mertesacker going the other way.
has joined from The Citizens
for an exchange of centre-back Per Mertesacker
, with no cash involved in the transfer. The 26-year-old Spaniard has become a well-known defensive midfielder in the Premier League since joining City last season, costing a massive £16.25 million.
However, due to the quality of midfielders available in the squad, Javi wasn't able to feature as much as he wanted, meaning a move was on the cards, for a transfer suggested to be below his previous fee.
Mertesacker enjoyed a longer spell at the club, playing for the Gunners for two seasons, making 55 appearances after signing from Werder Bremen for just under £10 million. Mertesacker featured regularly, rotating with former captain Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny.
Arsenal fans are delighted at the transfer. Although the signing from a rival club did cause some concern, feeling they got the better deal of the two teams pleased them dramatically.
Matija Nastasic will replace Per Mertesacker in the heart of the defense
With Per leaving for Manchester, leaving just Laurent Koscielny as a big-named centre back, City
defender Matija Nastastic
has been bought in as his replacement, carrying a price tag of £24.5 million
Matija has become one of the biggest named youngsters in the game, expected to be a world star in a few years time, the reason for such a hefty price-tag, although Bould has stated he feels the Serbian will be worth every penny.
Serbian defenders have done well previously in the Premier League, Nemanja Vidic the main example, and Arsenal fans will hope this legacy continues with their 20-year-old.
Nastasic signed one year ago for half the price, at just £12 million from Fiorentina, what seemed like a big price at the time. 21 games later, Nastasic has made the move across England in the hunt for first-team football.
Arsenal fans have welcomed both players with open arms and hope to see them in red in the near future.