10 most expensive signings by Arsenal
Arsenal football club in the Wenger era has often been accused of being a little too meagre in the transfer market. Every transfer window they seem to be linked with a plethora of proven players, yet end up wanting the same thing again and again.
One of the top dogs of the Premier League, Arsenal have a developed a pattern of becoming an ‘almost’ club every time and the fans are getting increasingly frustrated and have blamed the lack of transfer activity for their dearth of trophies. The philosophy has been to look for value-for-money deals and it stays the same.
Arsenal, though, have made some top signings in the last few seasons when Wenger suddenly decided to break the bank after years of being economical.
Let’s have a look at the 10 most expensive Arsenal transfers.
#10 Thierry Henry – €16.1 million
The name is enough to put a smile on a Gooner’s face - the biggest legend the club has ever seen. Thierry Henry was bought from Juventus in 1999 for €16.1 million as a winger. He had his critics but a new faith was bestowed in him by Arsene Wenger. He developed him from the flanks into the world’s hottest striker. He struggled initially and had to wait 7 games to get his first goal and since that he was unstoppable.
Henry scored 30 goals in the ‘Invincibles’ Premiership season in 2003-04, to receive the Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards, helping Arsenal attain the glorious feat. He won 2 league titles and 3 FA Cups with Arsenal, including a double.
Henry was made the captain after Vieira left in 2005 and ended up being the highest goalscorer in the club’s history. He scored 175 goals in the league and 228 overall. Henry finished Arsenal’s Highbury era with a brilliant hattrick in the last game in the stadium, which is one of countless such moments for Arsenal fans to remember.
He returned to Arsenal for a brief loan spell in 2011-12 season scoring the winning goal against Leeds in the FA Cup off the bench. Henry can boast of being a player who has played in a stadium with a statue outside it.