Top 10 most expensive Arsenal signings ever including British record deal for Declan Rice and £72million flop
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Top 10 most expensive Arsenal signings ever including British record deal for Declan Rice and £72million flop

Dec 8, 2023

Arsenal have spent a lot of money on some of Europe’s best talent over the years, with some signings working out better than others. 

The Gunners whipped out the chequebook for Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery and now for Mikel Arteta as the Spaniard continues to spend big.

Arteta has spent a lot of cash as Arsenal boss

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Arteta has spent a lot of cash as Arsenal bossCredit: Getty

Club records have been broken many times as their squad continues to chop and change during each transfer window.

But who are the most expensive signings ever for Arsenal? talkSPORT.com takes a look…

10. Granit Xhaka – £38.9million

Xhaka signed for Arsenal in 2016, leaving German side Borussia Monchengladbach to make a £38million move to the Premier League. 

And his time at the Emirates will be remembered for his remarkable turnaround. 

The midfielder was handed the captain’s armband in 2019 but things quickly turned sour as he was booed off the pitch by the Gunners fans. 

Xhaka responded to the supporters by cupping his ear and throwing his shirt on the floor as he left the field. 

It seemed that incident spelt the end of his time at the club, however, he made an unexpected return and ended up becoming a fan favourite. 

He starred for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta last season as he helped lead a title charge before making a return to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen

Xhaka's Arsenal story was nothing short of incredible

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Xhaka’s Arsenal story was nothing short of incredibleCredit: Getty

9. Mesut Ozil – £40.6million

Signed for £40million from Real Madrid, Ozil arrived as a world-class player and he most certainly kept that tag at Arsenal.

The German is one of the best playmakers seen in the Premier League, with his deft touches and incredible skill making his price tag a bargain. 

Before leaving the Gunners in 2021, he played 254 games and boasted a record of 44 goals and 79 assists in all competitions. 

His time at the Emirates was marred by a rough ending that saw him phased out of the team and even made absent from the club’s registered squad. 

However, his talents will always be fondly remembered in North London. 

Ozil was a massive player for much of his career at Arsenal

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Ozil was a massive player for much of his career at ArsenalCredit: Getty Images – Getty

8. Thomas Partey – £43.2million

Partey made the £43million move to England from Atletico Madrid in 2020. 

The Ghanaian was considered one of the best defensive midfielders in the world at the time, with the signing key for Arteta’s side. 

He played a big role in Arsenal’s title challenge last season but on the whole, his career at the Emirates has been damaged by injuries. 

Partey has been sidelined for over 330 days during his Gunners career after suffering from constant knocks and that made his fitness very unreliable.

He has made 85 appearances for the Gunners in total but has been linked to an exit in the upcoming transfer windows.

Partey has become injury-prone at Arsenal

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Partey has become injury-prone at ArsenalCredit: Getty

7. Gabriel Jesus – £45.1million

Ironically, Jesus arrived as a saviour for Arsenal in 2022. 

Arteta had just lost strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, meaning he was desperate for a new No.9. 

So he returned to his former club to go all out to sign the Brazilian from Manchester City after they had brought in Erling Haaland

Jesus has picked up a couple of injuries at the club so far, which has seen him only make 35 Premier League appearances in total. 

And the Gunners are rumoured to be looking for a new striker once again, with their No.9 only scoring once in nine appearances this season. 

Jesus has been Arsenal's main striker since joining from Man City

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Jesus has been Arsenal’s main striker since joining from Man CityCredit: Getty

6. Alexandre Lacazette – £45.8million

Lacazette joined Arsenal from Lyon in 2017 and was a key player for the Gunners during his five-year spell at the club. 

The Frenchman scored over 10 goals in four of his five seasons in the Premier League, netting a total of 71 times in 206 appearances in all competitions. 

He even wore the captain’s armband at times as he led the line, however, he wasn’t able to take Arsenal back to the Champions League

After his contract ran out in 2022, he returned to Lyon on a free transfer. 

Lacazette left Arsenal well-respected by the fans

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Lacazette left Arsenal well-respected by the fansCredit: Getty

5. Ben White – £50.6million

The signing of White was criticised by many due to the huge transfer fee as he joined from Brighton in 2021. 

However, the transfer was viewed as a statement of intent from Arsenal by some, as they paid big money for a player with very high potential. 

And the price paid seems worth it now as White has played over 100 games for the Gunners, becoming a crucial member of their defence. 

He has also gone on to win four caps with England while at the club and he continues to be considered one of the best right-backs in the Premier League.

White is a crucial part of Arsenal's defence

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White is a crucial part of Arsenal’s defenceCredit: Getty

4. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – £55.1million

Aubameyang arrived at Arsenal in 2018 as one of the best strikers in Europe after an impressive spell at Borussia Dortmund

He scored 10 goals in 13 games after joining the Gunners midway through the 17/18 season, instantly showing his goalscoring ability. 

The following season, he would score 22 goals in the Premier League while also helping the club win the FA Cup

However, things turned for the worse in 2020 when he fell out with Arteta and was exiled from the Arsenal squad, ultimately leading to his exit. 

The striker left the club to join Barcelona on a free transfer before also having a short ill-fated stint back in England with Chelsea.

Aubameyang's time at Arsenal ended on a sour note

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Aubameyang’s time at Arsenal ended on a sour noteCredit: GETTY

3. Kai Havertz – £65million

Havertz joined Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea to become Arteta’s record signing for the club at the time. 

The German had struggled at the Blues and many questioned the signing, especially when it cost the Gunners £65million to bring him to the Emirates. 

He failed to hit the ground running and didn’t score his first goal until September 30 in a 4-0 win over Bournemouth

Since then, his confidence has grown as he learns to play a deeper role under Arteta, however, he has only scored once more in the Premier League. 

Havertz is yet to live up to his price tag but at only 24 years old, there is plenty of time to reach his potential. 

Havertz is starting to show glimpses of why he was worth £65m

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Havertz is starting to show glimpses of why he was worth £65mCredit: Getty

2. Nicolas Pepe – £72million

Out of all the players on this list, Pepe ended up having the worst Arsenal career.

The winger signed for the Gunners from Lille in 2019 for a then club-record fee of £72million.

However, he struggled from the off and failed to perform consistently, scoring just 27 goals in 112 games for the club. 

Pepe was sent out on loan to Nice in 2022 and after returning to North London, he and the club were seeking an exit.

No clubs were able to make the signing until this summer when his contract was terminated to allow him to join Trabzonspor for free. 

Pepe saw his contract ripped up at Arsenal

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Pepe saw his contract ripped up at ArsenalCredit: Getty

1. Declan Rice – £105million

After a long saga this summer, Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham for a British record fee of £105million. 

The Gunners fought off interest from Manchester City to sign the England international in what was a massive coup for the club. 

He is now Arsenal’s most expensive-ever signing and already living up to his price tag. 

Rice’s performances in midfield for Arteta’s side have made them look even stronger than last campaign as they sit at the top of the Premier League.

And he is now aiming to lead his new club to some silverware this campaign. 

Rice is the most expensive British player ever

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Rice is the most expensive British player everCredit: AFP


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