Mikel Arteta had the task in January to reduce his inflated Arsenal team.
And the Spaniard managed just that, splitting from eight players either on free transfers or on loan to other clubs and, most importantly, he significantly reduced Arsenal’s salary fund.
Among those who left permanently were Mesut Ozil and Skadran Mustafi, who together earned more than £ 400,000 a week.
Only two players entered through the gates in north London; Martin Odegaard arrived on loan from Real Madrid, while Mathew Ryan joined on loan from Brighton.
Arteta and the head of Arsenal, Edu, made it clear that January will never be a waste of money, but the creation of space for new recruits who could arrive at the summer window.
So, with team space and little money in your pocket, how can Arteta strengthen his side of the gunners?
Here we looked at something from a dream scenario, where Arsenal unloads players they desperately need, despite odds – or transfers – against them.
Arteta seems to be happy with his goalkeeper and we can’t see him preferring to sign a stopper to replace him Bernd Leno in the summer, especially since he was happy to let Emilian Martinez go in January.
For this reason, we chose German among the sticks.
Ahead of him, if Arsenal successfully drive Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona away,Hector Bellerin he will keep his place in the position of right back, and will join him as well Kieran Tierney on the opposite side.
The two central defenders should be cut and changed, and Arteta will rotate frequently this season.
But we kept going Gabriel Magalhaes – who can be replaced by Pablo Marie – and whether Arteta should be believed to have made enough progress on loan at Nice, William Saliba.
In the middle of the field Arsenal could really take advantage Thomas Partey staying in shape for a long time because he could work perfectly with two potential signatures: Houssem Aouar i Odegaard.
Arsenal were linked to Aouar both last summer and in January, but Lyon held on tight and kept their prized assets.
The Frenchman could cost Arsenal around £ 50 million, which is a big gamble for a club that has not had the financial muscles of the big boys of the Premier League in recent seasons.
But at 22, Aouar is both one for now and one for the future, and he may help Arsenal move back to the top four.
In this dream scenario, Odegaard would retain his place in role number 10 for Arsenal.
The Norwegian has impressed since joining the Gunners in January, and recently hinted he could make the move permanent.
This happens depends on Real Madrid and whether they feel the midfielder has a future at the Bernabeu.
And finally, the front three. Bukayo Saka has been inspired since he moved to the left position and we expect him to keep his place Nicolas Pepe on the opposite side.
Pierre-Emrick Aubameyang remains Arsenal’s top striker at the moment, but if the Gunners succeed to Celtics contract Odsonne Edouard, then they will definitely be asking questions to the aging international from Gabon.
This lineup is quite intrusive, with Granit Xhak – an important Arteta player – seemingly on the run.
But Arteta is a manager who likes to hack and change, so we would expect players like Xhaka, David Luiz, Mari, Cedric Soares, Mohamed Elneny and Alexandre Lacazette to continue to play the role of Gunners.