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Arsene Wenger’s Top 5 Arsenal Signings

arsene wenger signs thierry henryThere have been many great transfers in the history of football, but Arsenal have in recent years, under the guidance of Arsene Wenger, brought in a plethora of great players for miniscule amounts of money. He has also spent a fair wad of cash to varying degrees of success. Most would agree thought Arsene Wenger can spot a bargain a mile off. Here are his top five signings for the Gunners.

5. Sol Campbell – 2001-2006, 197 appearances, 11 goals

Brought in for free, from hated rivals Tottenham Hotspur, He was part of the ‘invincibles’ and a rock at the back for the Gunners during his tenure. Left the club in rather unfortunate circumstances but undoubtedly one of the best centre-backs Arsenal have had.

Transfer Fee – £0

Honours
FA Premier League: 2002, 2004
FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005
FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004

4. Marc Overmars – 1997-2000, 142 games, 41 goals

The tricky Dutch winger was the best in the business, signed from Ajax; he won the Double in his first season, scored the title winning goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford and a vital goal in the FA Cup Final that same year. Nicknamed; the roadrunner’ he was certainly one of the quickest wingers around.

Transfer Fee – £5.5 million

Honours
Premier League: 1998
FA Cup: 1998
FA Charity Shield: 1998

3. Robert Pires – 2000-06, 284 appearances, 84 goals

Represented everything the English hate about the French, the facial, hair, the ‘I’m innocent’ shrug and the refusal to speak English. He was unmistakably French and undoubtedly one of the best left-wingers to play in the Premier League. He arrived from Marseille as a replacement for Overmars and deservedly won Football Writers’ Association’s Footballer of the Year in 2002.

Transfer Fee – £6 million

Honours
FA Premier League: 2002, 2004
FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005
FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004

2. Patrick Vieira – 1996-2005, 407 appearances, 34 goals

A monster of a midfielder. Arriving from AC Milan a young raw midfielder, he dominated the side and the Premier League for years to come, he was a great captain and was one half of possibly the greatest player rivalry we have seen this decade – the other being Roy Keane. His last kick for the club was the winning penalty against Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final.

Transfer Fee – £3.5 million

Honours
Premier League: 1998, 2002, 2004
FA Cup: 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005
FA Community Shield: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004

1. Thierry Henry – 1999-2007, 370 appearances, 226 goals

Arguably the greatest player to have played for the club in its entire history. The club’s top goal-scorer of all time. He was a talisman for his team; he defined the club and was one of the best players in the world during his time with the Gunners. A bit of a gamble after failing at Juventus and starting out as a winger, Wenger converted him into one of the deadliest strikers we are likely to see.

Transfer Fee – £10 million

Honours
FA Premier League: 2002, 2004
FA Cup: 2002, 2003, 2005
FA Community Shield: 2002, 2004


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