The eight Arsenal signings that cost £30million+ and how they fared

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After struggling for money following their move to the Emirates, Arsenal have really started to splash the cash in recent years. 

The Gunners are on the brink of signing Brighton centre-back Ben White in a £50million deal and have also been linked with a big-money move for Leicester City’s James Maddison.

We’ve taken a closer look at Arsenal’s eight signings to cost £30million+ to date.

Alexis Sanchez – £32m

Deemed surplus to requirements by Barcelona, Sanchez was snapped up by Arsenal in 2014 and proved to be an absolute bargain.

The one-man swarm of wasps terrorised opposition defences and scored an incredible 80 goals in 166 appearances for the club, winning two FA Cups in the process.

He made a controversial and incredibly ill-judged move to Manchester United in January 2018 but that still shouldn’t taint his legacy at the Emirates.

READ: The 7 players Arsenal signed alongside Alexis Sanchez and how they fared

Granit Xhaka – £34m

Since joining Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2016, Xhaka has certainly polarised opinion amongst the fanbase.

He has been prone to costly individual errors and was stripped of the club captaincy after telling his own fans to “fuck off” in October 2019.

The 28-year-old has, however, made over 200 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and doesn’t always get the credit that he deserves.

Shkodran Mustafi – £35m

When‌ ‌Arsenal‌ ‌signed‌ ‌a‌ ‌World‌ ‌Cup-winning‌ ‌defender‌ ‌for‌ ‌£35million‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌summer‌ ‌of‌ ‌2016, they hoped that their defensive frailties would be a thing of the past. 

While Mustafi made over 150 appearances for the club, he rarely exuded calm in the Gunners backline and had more than his fair share of calamitous moments. 

After falling down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta, the centre-back was allowed to join Schalke on a free transfer in February 2021.

Mesut Ozil – £43m

Signed from Real Madrid amid much fanfare on transfer deadline day in 2013, Ozil was regarded as a real coup for the Gunners. 

The enigmatic playmaker struggled with inconsistency during his six and a half years in north London, but there was no doubting his ability. 

He won three FA Cups and probably deserved a Premier League winner’s medal, registering 19 assists as Arsenal finished runners-up to Leicester in the 2015-16 season. 

Thomas Partey – £45m

Following a long transfer saga, Arsenal eventually agreed to pay the £45million release clause in Partey’s Atletico Madrid contract on transfer deadline day in 2020.

He showed why he’s regarded as one of the best defensive midfielders in the world with a brilliant performance against Manchester United, helping the Gunners secure their first league win at Old Trafford since 2006.

But the Ghana international was hampered by a series of injury problems throughout 2020-21, starting just 18 Premier League games.

Arsenal fans will hope to see Partey, who has now been given the No.5 shirt, get back to his best and remain injury-free in 2021-22.

Alexandre Lacazette – £46.5m

We’re not exactly sure how to sum up Lacazette’s time at Arsenal since he joined the club from Ligue 1 side Lyon four years ago. 

He won their Player of the Season award in 2018-19 and has undoubtedly been very good at times, but he’s undoubtedly been not very good at others.

Arsenal are reportedly willing to offload the striker this summer and it’s pretty safe to assume that they won’t be recouping the full £46.5million.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £56m

Forget about his struggles during the 2020-21 season, Aubameyang has been worth every penny of the £56million Arsenal gave to Borussia Dortmund in January 2018.

The striker has been a revelation in England and only Thierry Henry has a better goals-per-game record than him for Arsenal in the Premier League. 

Alongside this, he led the Gunners to FA Cup success in 2020, scoring both goals in the semi-final and the final as they overcame Manchester City and Chelsea. 

We certainly wouldn’t bet against the 32-year-old rediscovering his very best form in 2021-22.

Nicolas Pepe – £72m

The jury is still out on this one.

Having registered 22 league goals and 11 assists for Lille in 2018-19, expectations were high when Pepe completed a £72million move to Arsenal.

Despite displaying glimpses of his talent in 2019-20, he struggled to adapt to the Premier League, scoring just five goals in 31 league appearances. 

The Ivory Coast international did still win the FA Cup in his debut season and started to show why the Gunners spent so much money on him during the second half of 2020-21.


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