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Arsenal: Arsene Wenger's best signings

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Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996 (©GettyImages)
Wenger has been at Arsenal since 1996 (©GettyImages).

Arsene Wenger has been in England for many years now and has enjoyed a lot of success at his club, Arsenal. 

He has taken them to several finals and even guided them to a whole season unbeaten, but one of his many talents is spotting young talent and turning them into world-class players. 

He hasn't just done it for one or two players, but he has done it to several. He has brought them over to England, trained them so that they are equipped to play Arsenal's technically demanding brand of football and then seen them turn into top quality footballers.

Although Arsenal are on a very long trophy-less run of eight years at the moment, some things never change and even though they haven't lifted silverware in such a long time, Wenger is still the man at the helm and is still doing what he does best.

Here at GiveMeSport, we want to look into some of the best buys Arsene Wenger has made during his time at Arsenal.

Patrick Vieira

Vieira joined Arsenal in 1996, the same year as Wenger, and although the Frenchman wasn't actually manager when Vieira was signed, it is believed that he had a lot to do with the transfer. We all know what Vieira accomplished at Arsenal and it is crazy to think he was brought in for just £3.5 million. Wenger then sold him for £13.7 million.

Kolo Toure

Toure was spotted by an Arsenal scout when he was playing in his home country of the Ivory Coast.

Wenger signed the defender for £150k and put him straight into the first-team.

After many successful years at the heart of Arsenal's defence, he was then sold for a staggering £16 million.

Nicolas Anelka

Anelka was brought into Arsenal as a youngster for £500k. He then went on to score 23 goals in 50 appearances for the club - an astonishing record for a teenager who was new to the Premier League.

He was later sold to Real Madrid for a massive £22.3 million.

Marc Overmars

Overmars was signed for £7 million from Ajax had a very successful first season helping Arsenal to the double. He was then moved on for a hefty £25 million.

Cesc Fabregas

The signing of Fabregas was a piece of magic by Arsene Wenger. Signed for free from Barcelona's youth-team, he was identified as a replacement for Vieira and that is exactly what he did. He took the number four shirt when the Frenchman left and he then went on to captain Arsenal.

Fabregas was signed for nothing, sold back to Barcelona for a fee in the region of £35 million.

Robin van Persie.

The Dutchman was signed for just £2 million back in 2004 and had a very interesting time at the London club. 

Van Persie always had the potential to be a world-class striker, but unfortunately, because of injuries, it took him seven years to find that potential.

In his last season at Arsenal he bagged well over 30 goals and this eventually saw him leave to arch-rivals, Manchester United, for a hefty fee of £24 million.

Thierry Henry

Henry was nothing but special during his time at Arsenal. He is now classed as the 'King of Highbury' and he has a statue of himself outside the Emirates Stadium.

He signed for Arsenal in 1999 and went on to make 254 appearances before leaving in 2007. 

He smashed Arsenal's all time highest scorer record and left Arsenal after scoring 174 goals. 

He then returned in 2012 on a loan deal and made four more appearances for the club - adding one more Premier League goal to his tally.

Signed for £11 million and then sold for £16 million, Henry is probably the best signing of Wenger's time at Arsenal - not for the profit made, but for the impact he made and for everything he did for the club.

 

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