The January transfer window is nearly upon us yet again and Arsenal will no doubt be considering reinforcements to strengthen their bid for a first Premier League title since 2004.
Arsene Wenger has previously tucked into his transfer kitty in the New Year, but some transfers have gone down better than others.
Here are the three best January signings the Frenchman has made during his long stint at the helm.
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Although he remains plagued by injuries, Theo Walcott has proven terrific value for money since joining from Southampton in a £5million transfer back in January 2006.
The 26-year-old has provided the Gunners with pace and potency on the flanks and opened the scoring as they beat Aston Villa 4-0 to retain the FA Cup back in May.
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He has often flirted with England’s starting 11, famously scoring a hat-trick in a 4-1 World Cup qualifying victory over Croatia back in 2008, and will make Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships this summer providing he stays fit.
Walcott has also proven a capable alternative to Olivier Giroud up front and was amongst the scorers as the club beat Manchester City 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium to bolster their hopes of winning the title.
A name now the source of much anger amongst Arsenal supporters, Emmanuel Adebayor still ranks as one of Wenger’s greatest pieces of business.
The Togo international arrived from Monaco for a poultry £3million, and with his prolific finishing soon drew comparisons with Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu.
Adebayor scored 30 goals in all competitions as the Gunners were pipped to the league crown by Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United in 2008, and finished second in the scoring charts to Cristiano Ronaldo.
He ultimately moved to Manchester City and later Tottenham, but his best days in the Premier League were spent at the Emirates Stadium.
It came down to a choice between Nacho Monreal and Sol Campbell, but the former deserves his place in this list given the consistency he has achieved since signing from Malaga in January 2013.
The Spaniard has even dislodged Kieran Gibbs as the Gunners’ first-choice left-back, and has helped the club win two FA Cup’s in as many years.
He even scored as Arsenal pipped Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United 2-1 in their crunch clash in the quarter-finals of the same competition last term.
Monreal may have spent most of his years in Spain, but the way he has seamlessly adjusted to the demands of English football means he will be a valuable asset for the club in many years to come.
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