Football

Wenger is celebrating 20 years in north London .

Arsene Wenger's 20 years: 20 of his best signings

Published 13 Comments

Arsene Wenger is one of a select few who has triumphed over the Premier League's managerial merry-go-round.

Much to some Arsenal fans' frustration, while they look forward to inevitably making it 13 years without a title, the Frenchman is celebrating 20 years at the helm.

Wenger's seen it all in that time, the good, the bad, and the ugly (Kolo Toure adhering to all three of those at various points in his career).

SIGN UP NOW

Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

Le Professeur has also made some brilliant buys over the years. For obvious reasons, we're going to overlook Emmanuel Eboue and Pascal Cygan, but elsewhere, Wenger's definitely shown his eye for a bargain.

As Wenger hits the big 20 - just six and a half years shy of Sir Alex Ferguson's reign at Manchester United - let's take a look at 20 of his best transfers.

Article continues below

20 - Emmanuel Petit

Petit has Wenger to thank for developing his skills on the ball and turning him into a World Cup winner.

19 - Freddie Ljungberg

The Swede was a key member of the double-winning side, and came in for just £3million. And everyone wanted to have his haircut.

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

18 - Gilberto Silva

Gilberto Silva is often overlooked as one of the Premier League's great central midfielders, but he used to command the middle of the pitch.

17 - Kanu

Kanu only actually scored 30 times despite being at the club for a few years, but he had a knack of popping up with a goal when Arsenal needed him most.

16 - Alexis Sanchez

Sanchez is arguably one of the Gunners' few world-class talents in the present squad. The Copa America winner has kept their attack going, too, at times when they've been crying out for an out-and-out striker.

15 - Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas' form for Arsenal earned him a move back to Barcelona at their peak, even if Wenger chose not to re-sign him when he moved back to England.

Arsenal v Everton

14 - Laurent Koscielny

Koscielny has been transformed into one of the Premier League's centre-backs, but again, he came in on the cheap.

13 - Marc Overmars

Overmars was never quite the same once he moved to Barcelona, but his performances for Arsenal had already written him into folklore.

12 - Sylvain Wiltord

Wiltord didn't always get on with Wenger once he arrived at Highbury, but he won two titles and two FA Cups in the process. Not bad.

Sylvain Wiltord of Arsenal running with the ball

11 - Petr Cech

Chelsea may have thought he was finished, but Arsenal had other ideas. The Blues must regret letting him go to one of their main rivals.

10 - Lauren

Wenger not only made an astute signing in Lauren, he also proved his tactical nous by moving him from the midfield to right-back, where he excelled.

9 - Jens Lehmann

Replacing David Seaman was never going to be an easy task, but Jens Lehmann did a pretty good job - barring a few hairy moments.

8 - Kolo Toure

The Kolo Toure of old was a very different one to the defender now at Celtic. Say no more.

FA Cup Semi Final: Arsenal v Manchester United

7 - Mesut Ozil

Ozil is another world-class talent, on his day, of course. Wenger mastered the transfer brilliantly, watching Spurs lose Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and then snaring Ozil from Los Blancos on the same day, despite Tottenham doing their best to stop that very thing from happening. Cheeky.

6 - Robin Van Persie

RVP left Arsenal having scored just shy of 100 goals. In truth, he deserved to win more than one FA Cup and Community Shield, because he was the striker to fill the void left by Henry.

5 - Nicolas Anelka

Wenger signed for just £500,000 from PSG and transformed him into a top, top striker. Bargains like that don't happen anymore (unless you're Riyad Mahrez).

4 - Robert Pires

Pires was simply brilliant. One of the most memorable 'Invincibles', he was arguably crucial in making Henry as good a striker as he was.

Robert Pires of Arsenal celebrates by lifting the Premiership trophy

3 - Sol Campbell

Wenger had the audacity to bring in Tottenham's biggest hero (he's not very popular at White Hart Lane now, we should probably add). That could have backfired, but it didn't, and he was a rock in Arsenal's defence.

2- Patrick Vieira

Vieira wasn't quite in Sol Campbell's league when it came to upsetting Spurs fans, but he only ever seemed to score in north London derbies. As a midfielder, too, he was ridiculously hard to get past.

1 - Thierry Henry

There was only ever going to be one winner here. Thierry Henry. 174 league goals in 254 appearances. And that goal against Leeds on his comeback. Arsenal will be lucky to ever find a player of his quality again.

Arsenal's French player Thierry Henry, o

Arsenal fans - who's missing? Who else has Wenger brought in on a great bit of business? Let us know in the comments. 

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Thierry Henry
Football
Premier League
Mesut Özil
Manchester United
UEFA Champions League
Arsenal

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again