It was a transfer window with more twists and turns than a day in the life of Daniel Levy, but which teams got it just right? Who's the next Christian Benteke or Michu? And just what did Joe Kinnear do with all his spare time this summer? I've collated my thoughts on the best signings and biggest winners of the 2013 Premier League transfer window.
After Arsenal splurged £42.4mill on the 24 year old German creative midfielder, one Gooner commented that when you're suffering from a leaking roof, the last thing you should buy is an expensive sofa. Whilst a player of Ozil's ilk was perhaps not the absolute requirement for a team lacking a solid spine with some grit and fortitude, I can't imagine there are many Gunners that would have turned away a player of such genuine quality at the peak of his powers.
Of all the signings in this window, Ozil is the only one that you could say deserves bona fide world class status. Jose Mourinho's claim that he 'is unique' is difficult to argue with considering he has more assists than any other footballer in Europe's top five leagues over the past five seasons. Money doesn't always guarantee success, but Ozil will guarantee Arsenal will be taken a lot more seriously now - just ask Gareth Barry
Because of the manner in which Man City went about their business, the acquisition of the robust box to box Brazilian midfielder has almost been forgotten. A wry smile must have been etched across the face of manager Manuel Pelligrini as Manchester United seemingly stuttered and plundered their way through the transfer market desperately seeking a player of similar quality. Impressive in his time at Shakhtar Donetsk, the 28-year-old is at a great age in his career, and his dynamism, mobility, and creative spark should help City not only in the Premier League, but also Europe's top competition where they have previously failed to make a mark.
One of the top goalkeepers last season, the Belgium stopper has carried his form into this campaign with his new team in Merseyside. A penalty save and three clean sheets in as many Premier League games, alongside 3 goals from Daniel Sturridge, has propelled the Reds to the top of the league approaching the international break. As Brendan Rodgers is a keen advocate of building possession from the back, Mignolet will be required to develop his sometimes suspect distribution, but there is no doubt that the Reds have a very promising and assured keeper between the sticks.
One of very few English players to be signed by top division clubs in the window, and at £2mill the nippy winger can be considered one of the coups of the summer. In a market where Tom Ince is valued at £10mill+, Chris Hughton has done a great job landing the England U21 star who has already got a league goal to his name. If he can maintain his form, the 19-year-old will be pushing the likes of Andros Townsend and Raheem Sterling for a call-up to the senior England squad.
Among three club record transfers and the hoo-ha surrounding a certain Welshman, Eriksen's transfer went somewhat under the radar down at White Hart Lane. Bought for what seems a very shrewd £11mill, the 21 already has considerable experience under his belt at domestic and international level, playing 37 times for his native Denmark and 162 for Ajax. If Eriksen can settle quickly, and continue the form that made his one of the most coveted young players in Europe, then it will be a fantastic bit of business by Levy and co.
Moyes or no Moyes, Everton know how to work in the transfer window. What seemed like a slow start surrounded by speculation of players leaving, ended with one leaving to pay for five coming in. Whilst much has been made of the shambles in which Manchester United went about their business, for Everton to get £27.5mill for their big wigged midfielder Marouane Fellaini should be reflected as great business, especially when considering a clause in his contract would have enabled him to leave for £4mill less weeks earlier. Scoring goals has appeared an early issue for the Blues this season, though the arrival of Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea should certainly ease that, and James McCarthy is a star in the making. Making a net profit of £12m in the window and keeping Leighton Baines should be seen as great work all round for the Toffees.
A flurry of activity at both ends of the window saw the Reds bring in eight players for a total of just under £50million. Offering a combination of youth, experience, flair and solidity, Liverpool supporters can be quietly confident about the season in store. Kolo Toure was a shrewd acquisition to provide cover for departed hero Jamie Carragher, Victor Moses provides experience and versatility, and Mamadou Sakho is tipped as a future French captain. Midway through the window the big debate was around how Liverpool will get on without Luis Suarez, and now the question is how will they fit him in? Not a bad predicament for Brendan to have.
Daniel Levy must be a tired old boy. Where one player leaves these shores for foreign lands, seven have come in to not only replace the contribution by Gareth Bale, but to take the club on. No longer can Spurs fans be levelled of claims that they are a one man team, but supporters will be anxious that their new stellar squad can gel quickly enough. The defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates is proof that such things don't happen overnight, and supporters must remain patient with the players and management, but if things to begin to click then AVB's men will, without question, become a genuine force this season
As mentioned above, City have perhaps made best use of the window than anyone else purely by the way that they conducted themselves. No late scrambled bids, no rival teams gazumping targets, and no fake officials representing them at important meetings - they have clearly learnt from the mistakes of last season. If this is a season of learning from misdemeanours for Man City then Negredo and co will need to take much from the defeat to Cardiff City if they are to ensure that the title comes back to the blue half of Manchester.