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Arsene Wenger And The Transfer Market : Pinchpenny Or Economical

As the transfer window is Aclose, here’s a look at how the Arsenal boss has spent money these past years in the club and whether it is accurate on how the fans perceive his performance in the market.


Arsene Wenger does not like to spend money is a notion that is quite common in the footballing world. But in the past few years of him being at Arsenal has seen him sign young and talented players at prices incomparable to his counterparts. With a limited budget to his kitty, Mr. Wenger has managed to rope in a quality Centre-Back Shkodran Mustafi and a talented striker Lucas Perez from Deportivo all for aroundAA?50m this season. This price may not look as flashy or attractive as those spent by the big Manchester clubs but sure has done the deal for the fans who can look forward to a great season this year.

Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi

The addition of Holding and Xhaka also gives it more stability and all four players together have come cheaper than one Paul Pogba. This is not the first time that he has been able to produce talents at such a price, as budget constraints and injuries has forced Wenger to make changes and often play a makeshift 11 in important fixtures. Here is a look at Arsene Wenger’s Shopping List for the past 8 seasons.

8. Season 2016/17 :

Holding and Xhaka
Holding and Xhaka

Granit Xhaka -AA?30m

Takuma Asano A?800,000

Rob Holding – A?2m

Kelechi Nwakali – A?3m

Shkodran Mustafi -AA?35m

Lucas Perez -AA?17m


Buying Rob Holding at such a price who had no Premier League experience prior to joining the club was a bold move from Wenger which seems to have paid off.


7. Season 2015/16 :

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Petr Cech

Jeff Reine-Adelaide – A?3m

Petr Cech – A?10m

Mohamed Elneny – A?5m


Sixth most expensive goalkeeper Petr Cech is an example of how underpaid quality Goalies are in the game.


6. Season 2014/15 :

Chambers and Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez – A?31.7m

Mathieu Debuchy – A?12m

David Ospina – A?3.2m

Calum Chambers – A?11m

Danny Welbeck – A?16m

Krystian Bielik – A?2.7m

Gabriel Paulista – A?11m


As Arsene Wenger often does, he bought young Calum Chambers, bringing him into the limelight of international football and soon he made his England debut before his Under-21 debut. Also Alexis Sanchez was a gem of a buy.

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