Arsenal had an unusually busy transfer window this January as Arsene Wenger oversaw a number of first team players leave and a couple of high-profile signings arrive.
Wenger has often been known as a thrifty operator in the transfer market, largely choosing to remain loyal to his current players rather than splash the cash on a host of big names.
This January, however, saw the arrivals of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, plus young defender Konstantinos Mavropanos, while Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Francis Coquelin all departed for pastures new.
We’ve looked back at Wenger’s previous January signings as Arsenal boss to see how they have fared.
Guillaume Warmuz: Don’t worry, we hadn’t heard of him either. Warmuz was signed a backup goalkeeper following an injury to Rami Shaaban. After failing to make an appearance, the Frenchman spent spells at Borussia Dortmund and Monaco. He is now manager of Montceau Bourgogne in France’s fourth tier.
Jose Antonio Reyes: The forward was Arsenal’s club record signing when he joined from Sevilla, but his impact at Highbury was perhaps less than hoped. Earlier this week, Reyes joined Cordoba in Segunda Division.
Emmanuel Eboue: A terribly sad tale. In December Eboue revealed he is sleeping on a friend’s floor after a messy divorce, while he is unable to play football again due to illness.
Abou Diaby: A career which promised so much was ruined by injury. Diaby left Marseille last summer but told Canal Football Club in September: “Retiring? I’ve thought about it, but my conclusion is that I want to work, to rehabilitate myself and to play football again.”
Emmanuel Adebayor: Joined Arsenal, left Arsenal, pissed off Arsenal. The striker, now with İstanbul Başakşehir, recently admitted he feels an element of “hate” towards the Gunners.
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Theo Walcott: Only Patrick Vieira and Dennis Bergkamp have made more Premier League appearances for Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, but the 28-year-old – he’s still only 28, bloody hell – joined Everton in January.
Mart Poom: Poom was signed permanently in January 2006 after spending the first half of the season on loan as Arsenal’s third-choice keeper. He is, of course, currently Estonia’s goalkeeping coach. Fun fact: Estonia’s current second-choice goalkeeper is called Mait Toom.
Andrey Arshavin: Even Vladimir Putin was involved in the negotiations for Arsenal to land Arshavin, who went on to produce two of their more memorable moments over the past decade with a four-goal haul at Anfield and the winner against Barcelona. The attacking midfielder now plays for FC Kairat in Kazakhstan.
Samuel Galindo: The attacker joined Arsenal from Bolivian club Real America but left the Gunners following seven loan spells and zero appearances. The 25-year-old’s latest two clubs have been the brilliantly-named Sports Boys Warns and The Strongest.
Sol Campbell: Campbell re-signed for Arsenal following a bizarre spell at Notts County, playing regularly due to injuries in central defence. Last year the former England international was named assistant coach of Trinidad and Tobago, but is perhaps best known for being what Neville Southall would describe as “a skeleton”.
Ryo Miyaichi: Football Manager fans will remember Miyaichi as one of the greatest wingers of all time. In truth, he only ever made seven appearances for the north Londoners and his current spell with St Pauli has been blighted by injury.
Wellington Silva: Back in Brazil, joining Internacional on loan from Fluminense last month, after failing to make an appearance for Arsenal, who loaned out the attacker on six separate occasions.
Thierry Henry: The beautiful return of the King. Arsenal’s record goalscorer is now a Sky Sports pundit and Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national team.
Thomas Eisfeld: Arsenal had high hopes for Eisfeld after signing the midfielder from Borussia Dortmund, but he has spent the last two years at Bochum following an underwhelming spell at Fulham.
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Nacho Monreal: Few fans would have suspected Monreal would go on to become an Arsenal stalwart when the relatively unknown left-back arrived five years ago. Not being Andre Santos was an initial positive, however.
Kim Kallstrom: A god to all Football Manager addicts. Arsenal discovered Kallstrom was carrying a back injury during his medical but decided to still sign the midfielder on loan in 2014. He only made four appearances, but scored a penalty in the shoot-out victory over Wigan in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The midfielder retired from football in December.
Krystian Bielik: The 20-year-old has played twice for Arsenal in the League Cup but joined League One side Walsall on loan on deadline day.
Gabriel Paulista: Most recently seen being called “a sh*tty coward” by Luis Suarez as Valencia were beat 1-0 at the Camp Nou.
Mohamed Elneny: The midfielder is struggling for first-team football at Arsenal so seems to have taken up a role as the club’s press officer, revealing to beIN Sports this week that Mesut Ozil has signed a new deal with the Gunners.
Cohen Bramall: Made the leap from non-league to Premier League in 2017 but the left-back has played just twice in the Championship on loan at Birmingham City.
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