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Arsenal’s five most expensive transfers of all time

As Arsenal prepare to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the Emirates in a club record deal, we look at the five most expensive transfers in the clubs history.

ALEXANDRE LACAZETTE £45M (2017)

Moving from Lyon in 2017, Lacazette became the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history after they paid £45m for his services. He has an impressive striker rate for the Ligue 1 club, scoring 129 goals in 275 appearances, attracting many big clubs along the way.

It had been thought that he would move to Atletico Madrid that summer, but with the Spanish side under a transfer embargo, and Lyon keen to cash in, Arsenal swooped to sign the Frenchman.

He has got off to a reasonable start for the Gunners, but I think its fairly safe to say that he is still settling into life in the Premier League.

 

MESUT OZIL £38.2M (2013)

Made the big money move from Real Madrid to Arsenal back in 2013 for a club record £38.2m. In 135 Premier League games for the Gunners, Ozil has gained himself a reputation as the assist king, provide a staggering 48 assist for his team mates, as well as scoring 28 goals for himself.

While some have criticised his work rate at times, his quality is undoubted, and he will surely go down as one of the finest players to ever to have played for the club. High praise indeed.

 

SHKODRAN MUSTAFI £35M (2016)

After years of having trouble at the back under Arsene Wenger, the Frenchman decided to go to try and solve his problems. He did this by splashing our £35m on Shkodran Mustafi.

While he had never won anything in his club career at either Sampdoria or Valencia, the German was in fact a reigning World and European champion on the international stage after having been involved with the triumphant Germany squads in 2014 and 2016 respectively.

However, he hasn’t had the best starts to life at the Emirates, and its fair to say the jury is still out on the 25-year-old.

 

GRANIT XHAKA £33.8M (2016)

Speaking of the jury still being out, having already signed Mustafi for £35m in 2016, Arsene Wenger ploughed another £33.8m in to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

While the Swiss midfielder has shown glimpses of brilliance, as well as having a penchant for scoring the odd spectacular goal, he has also shown mediocrity and flashes of ill discipline.

 

ALEXIS SANCHEZ £31.7M (2014)

The only member of the current top five no longer to be playing at Arsenal, after the Chilean made the move to Manchester United in 2015 in a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates.

While that deal may leave a bitter taste in the mouth of Gooners everywhere, its hard to deny that during his time in the famous Red and White jersey, that Sanchez was Arsenal’s best player.

His best season at the club was the 2016/17 campaign, where he was deployed as a central striker for the majority, scoring an impressive 30 goals in 51 appearances, the best of his career.

*all stats correct as of 29th January 2018.

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