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Top five: Arsene Wenger's best signings

Vieira captained Arsenal's invincible side (©GettyImages)
Vieira captained Arsenal's invincible side (©GettyImages).

Arsenal’s greatest manager Arsene Wenger has managed to sign some great players during his Arsenal tenure.

We look back at some of his greatest ever investments.

Robert Pires

The Frenchman was signed for £6million in 2000 to replace Marc Overmars.

Arsenal fought off stiff competition from the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus, and what a signing he proved to be.

Despite a relatively slow start in English football, Pires would go on to score 84 goals in 284 appearances for the Gunners and played an integral part in the invincible team.

Marc Overmars

Wenger signed Overmars from Ajax for £5.5 million. Having already secured three league titles with the Dutch side.

Overmars wasted no time in adapting to the English game, holding down a place on left wing.

He was good with both feet, meaning he was a nightmare to any defence. 

His goal against Manchester United at Old Trafford secured a historic 1-0 victory for the Gunners, which helped Arsenal to secure the Premier League trophy.

He was eventually sold to Barcelona for £25million.

Kolo Toure

Although he now plies his trade at Liverpool, Kolo Toure remains one of Wenger’s greatest ever purchases especially at a fee of just £150k.

Toure’s career at Arsenal began as a utility player, with Wenger choosing to deploy the Ivory Coast international in midfield or as a full-back. 

He was eventually moved to the centre  of defence where he formed a formidable partnership with Sol Campbell.

Toure was eventually sold to Manchester City for £14million, but was already in decline, so, another great piece of business by Wenger.

Patrick Vieira

Vieria is a controversial choice because he was signed before Wenger officially took charge of Arsenal - although it was the Frenchman's decision to sign the enforcer.

He was Arsenal’s answer to Roy Keane. His towering presence and stamina combined with his quality passes and calmness on the ball made him Arsenal’s anchor in midfield.

He went on to become captain in 2002 following Tony Adams' decision to retire. One of Arsenal’s greatest ever player.

Thierry Henry

Henry is Wenger’s greatest ever signing and perhaps Arsenal’s greatest ever player. 

Wenger signed him from Juventus in 1999 as a promising winger and the Frenchman became one of the best strikers to ever grace the beautiful game.

His £10million fee raised eyebrows among some of the games observers, but the man drafted in as a replacement for Nicolas Anelka would go on to become Arsenal’s record goalscorer. 

Honourable mentions: Freddie Ljungberg, Robin van Persie, Sol Campbell, Cesc Fabregas, Nicolas Anelka, Emmanuel Petit. 

 

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