So thatâ€™s out pay to that sorry saga, and for that I am truly grateful. Weâ€™ve got shot of an agitating, greedy left-back and got someone not dissimilar in return. We also got shot of a player who didnâ€™t want to play in England, and got â€“ well, something similar.
Still, as like-for-likes go, the first of those deals is a good one, and Gallas will definitely bolster our defence. Wouldnâ€™t it be hilarious if Wenger slotted him straight in at left-back, where he hates playing? I dare you ArsÃ¨ne.
Itâ€™s more likely heâ€™ll slot straight in to partner Toure â€“ a central defence partnership Iâ€™m looking forward to seeing.
As for Cole, I donâ€™t want another word mentioned. Save your breath for when he comes back next May.
Also gone â€“ at least for a season, but in all honesty, for good â€“ is Reyes, a player I am not especially sorry to see the back of. He rarely did what he was capable of, didnâ€™t score enough, and clearly didnâ€™t enjoy life in England. Enough said I think. In his place is your classic Wenger rough diamond â€“ a powerful goalscoring midfielder with something to prove. Whether he really wants to be in England will become apparent with time. I guess thatâ€™s the benefit of it being a loan.
And finally, Zinedine Cygan â€“ goodbye to you. I now pass the â€˜haplessâ€™ mantle I bequeathed you to Alex Song, who may or may not prove capable of shaking it off.
Overall though, donâ€™t get me wrong, I think itâ€™s good business. Two players out who didnâ€™t want to be here. And two in of proven quality.
Letâ€™s move on now.