LONDON (AP) — After having all summer to strengthen their squads, Arsenal and Manchester United managed to rush through just two significant signings in a $100-million spree as the transfer window was closing.
Arsenal signed playmaker Mesut Ozil for a club record 50 million euros ($66 million) from Real Madrid on Monday, and United bought midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Everton for 27.5 million pounds ($43 million).
The transfers pushed spending by Premier League clubs over 600 million pounds ($932 million) over the summer, a record amount on the back of new lucrative television deals.
Arsenal's recruitment of Ozil on a five-year deal was a coup, and the 24-year-old German's arrival is an emphatic response by American owner Stan Kroenke to supporters who have demanded big spending.
Fans had watched in frustration throughout the summer as north London rival Tottenham spent more than $150 million on seven players, while Arsenal's only permanent recruits were the free signings of Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini.
But after manager Arsene Wenger missed out on Gonzalo Higuain, Luis Suarez and Yohan Cabaye, the Gunners have pulled off the big-name signing promised in June when they said there would be an "escalation in our financial firepower."
Ozil's fee easily outstrips Arsenal's previous largest transfer — 15 million pounds (then $21.3 million) for Andrey Arshavin in 2009 — and the club hopes he will help to produce its first trophy since 2005.
"We have signed a world-class player who is one of Europe's brightest young talents," chief executive Ivan Gazidis said. "Mr. Kroenke ... has always fully supported Arsène and the club in making significant investments to strengthen our squad and to bring in talented players who fit our style and ambitions."
United, though, has been frustrated in its bid to spend before transfer activity was halted until January.
Fellaini is the only notable signing since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson as manager at the end of last season.
Moyes turned to former club Everton, after being unable to mark the start of his reign with a marquee signing. Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas was pursued for several weeks and the champions failed in high-profile attempts Monday to bring Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao and Athletic Bilbao midfielder to Old Trafford.
"When I was given the opportunity to work with (Moyes) again, I jumped at the chance," Fellaini said.
The biggest Premier League spenders of the summer were Tottenham, who splurged more than 110 million pounds ($170 million) on seven players in its bid to break back into the top four and qualify for the Champions League.
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