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Monday 24 November 2014

Arsène Wenger: top 10 Arsenal signings

1. Thierry Henry. Arrived at Highbury from Juventus for 10.9 million in August 1999. Brought in as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, Wenger transformed the tall Frenchman from a meandering winger into one of the Premier League's most feared forwards.
1. Thierry Henry. Arrived at Highbury from Juventus for £10.9 million in August 1999. Brought in as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka, Wenger transformed the tall Frenchman from a meandering winger into one of the Premier League's most feared forwards.
2. Patrick Vieira. Wenger urged Arsenal to purchase the Frenchman from AC Milan before his own arrival at Highbury. At £3.8 million, his transfer fee was a bargain.
3. Nicolas Anelka. Perhaps Wenger's best signing from a financial perspective. Bought from Paris St-Germain for just 546,000 in 1997, the Arsenal manager sold him to Real Madrid for 25 million two seasons later
4. Robert Pires. Arriving from Metz for 6.5 million in 2000. Pires proved his pedigree in his second season in Arsenal colours and went on to win the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year in 2002.
5. Cesc Fabregas. Having arrived from Barcelona at the age of 16 in September 2003, Wenger nurtured this precocious young performer into a world-class talent
6. Emmanuel Petit. The midfielder was first signed by Wenger at Monaco. He rejoined his fellow Frenchman at Highbury in June 1997 for 2.7 million. After turning Petit from a centre-back into a defensive midfielder and pairing him alongside Vieira, he inspired Arsenal to the domestic double in his very first season. He was sold to Barcelona for around 7.6 million in 2000.
7. Freddie Ljungberg. Wenger brought him in from Swedish side Halmstads for 3.2 million in 1998. Ljungberg was arguably at his best during the 2001-02 season as Arsenal clinched their second domestic double.
8. Andrei Arshavin. Signed from Zenit St Petersburg for 16 million following protracted transfer negotiations, this diminutive magician has already sprinkled plenty of stardust down the flanks of the Emirates pitch.
9. Marc Overmars. The flying Dutchman arrived at Highbury in 1997 for 6.55 million from Ajax and literally hit the ground running. Sometimes referred to - perhaps unfairly - as 'Overbars', his price tag shot up far higher than any of his occasionally wayward shots when he was sold to Barcelona for 27 million in 2000.
10. Sol Campbell. Brought in on a free transfer under the Bosman ruling from arch-rivals Tottenham in 2001 to fill the defensive vacuum left by Tony Adams, the centre-back formed the bedrock of Arsenal's defence and won two Premier League winners' medals and three FA Cups.

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