However, it is difficult to shop effectively in the January market, when clubs are reluctant to let their most valuable assets go in the middle of the season. The Gunners have made some unimpressive moves in the winter transfer window, but they have occasionally succeeded in the mid-season transfer window. SportBible page has pointed out Arsenal’s 5 best January deals in the Premier League era.
5. Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin joined Arsenal in 2009 for £15 million and in his first seven appearances for the club, he scored two goals and provided five assists.
Then, in the eighth game, the Russian international scored all four goals in a 4-4 draw against Liverpool at Anfield. It was the biggest mark of Arshavin’s time at Arsenal. In the following years, he did not keep that form. He will eventually leave Emirates in 2013.
4. Nacho Monreal
Nacho Monreal signed for Arsenal on the last day of January 2013 and for the next seven seasons he became a favorite at the Emirates. Monreal, who was nicknamed GOAT as a child, played over 250 games in north London, winning three FA Cups.
3. Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor tarnished his Arsenal legacy with a bitter departure and celebration while playing for Manchester City against the Gunners.
However, after being signed for just £3m from Monaco as a 21-year-old, he has become one of the most impressive strikers in the Premier League. After Thierry Henry was sold to Barcelona in 2007, Adebayor scored 30 goals in 48 appearances the following season.
2. Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott is one of the most valuable signings in Arsenal history. Arsene Wenger’s side signed the 16-year-old for a whopping £9.1m in 2006.
The winger will leave the club 12 years later for £20m after playing 397 games, scoring 108 goals and winning four trophies for the Gunners.
He may not have reached the heights expected by his huge potential but is certainly an outstanding Arsenal servant.
1. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 and won the Golden Boot in his first full season for the club.
The Gabon international has scored 92 goals in 163 appearances for the Gunners, including a brace that gave Arsenal the lead in the 2020 FA Cup final against Chelsea.
Aubameyang left Arsenal in January 2022 due to a dispute with manager Mikel Arteta, but left the club with the second-best goal-per-game ratio in the club’s Premier League history, behind Thierry Henry. He has now returned to London and plays for Chelsea.
Thanh Vu | 08:26 December 26, 2022