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Arsene Wenger reserves praise for 'bargain' Mesut Ozil

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Arsene Wenger admitted he had no idea what Black Friday was, but was happy to discuss his favourite bargain buys as Arsenal manager regardless.

People on both sides of the Atlantic are set to go consumer crazy tomorrow as a number of retail outfits drop their prices in what has become a worryingly popular annual tradition.

Earning £8m-a-year, Wenger doesn't need to concern himself with the price of a 50-inch TV, but he has always strived to find value in the transfer market.

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But his idea of what constitutes a bargain may differ from the popular view. For example, he attempted to explain why he considers Mesut Ozil's £42.4m arrival from Real Madrid as great value, even though it remains the biggest deal in the club's history.

“For us, a bargain is to buy players of top quality, because only top quality strengthens our squad," Wenger told reporters. "We spent £40m on Ozil but I still consider it a bargain because the player is top quality."

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A real bargain

Wenger could have named plenty of other candidates for the best bargain during his time as Arsenal manager. The Frenchman signed Thierry Henry for just over £10m from Juventus, only to turn him as the world's best striker. That too was a club record deal at the time.

The Gunners also paid a pittance for Cesc Fabregas, who would later go on to become a first-team star before being sold for £35m in 2011. Sol Campbell also arrived for free from Tottenham.

But Wenger was quick to name another player who he believes embodies the true meaning of the word. That man is Patrick Vieira, who he plucked from AC Milan's reserve side in 1996.

Wenger continued: “I bought Patrick Vieira for £2.5m and it was a top bargain because he was a top quality player. I love a bargain. Who does not love a bargain? I don’t know many people that don’t like a bargain.”

Vieira would go on to play 279 Premier League games for the Gunners and win three Premier League titles and four FA Cups. He was also the captain for Arsenal's famous Invincibles season in 2004.

But is he a bigger bargain than the club's all-time top goalscorer, Henry? Give us YOUR best Arsenal bargain under Arsene Wenger in the comments box below!

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