20 Th1 2022 | 03:48
Let’s review the 10 most expensive sales that Arsenal have made in the Premier League era (according to statistics from transfermarkt).
Samir Nasri, £24.8m
Nasri left Arsenal for Man City after three seasons in North London. He scored 15 goals in all competitions in his last campaign at the Emirates (2010-11).
Despite being a key member of the Gunners, Nasri decided to come to Man City to reap many trophies for himself.
Emmanuel Adebayor, £26.1m
Man City spent too much money on Adebayor in the summer of 2009. It is understandable that the striker has scored 46 goals in his last two seasons at Arsenal.
Adebayor has also had a dream start to his career at City, scoring in all four of his first matches. The striker finished the 2009-10 season with 14 goals but the arrival of Roberto Mancini made things no longer smooth for him.
Marc Overmars, £26.4m
With outstanding technique and lightning speed, the winger impressed at Highbury for three seasons. Barcelona made an offer that was simply too good for him to refuse, and Overmars became the most expensive Dutch player in history when he moved to the Nou Camp in 2000.
But his time in Catalonia was marred by a series of injuries and Overmars was never able to regain his brilliant form at Arsenal.
Joe Willock, £26.5 million
Willock has scored just one Premier League goal for the Gunners but has scored eight goals in 14 loan appearances at Newcastle in 2021. That impressive form has Newcastle manager Steve Bruce eager to bring him in.
Since then, Willock has not scored a single goal, Bruce was fired and Newcastle was also changed hands.
Alex Iwobi, £27.3m
Iwobi grew up in Arsenal’s academy and was hailed as a future star after scoring twice in his first two Premier League games but has been inconsistent since.
In the summer of 2019, Everton bought the Nigeria international while Arsenal signed Nicolas Pepe. Iwobi has struggled to prove worth £27.3m at Goodison Park.
Robin van Persie, £27.6m
Persie left Arsenal despite being the captain, and immediately made a great contribution to helping Man Utd win the 20th Premier League title.
Cesc Fabregas, £30.6m
Fabregas left Barcelona to join Arsenal in 2003 at the age of 16 and established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world. But in 2011, he finally decided to return to Barcelona.
After three seasons at Camp Nou, Fabregas caused controversy when he arrived at Chelsea, where he won two Premier League titles.
Alexis Sanchez, £30.6m
As the Gunner’s head, Sanchez decided to go to Man Utd (in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan) in search of trophies, like Van Persie, but things were going badly for him and Man Utd.
Nicolas Anelka, £31.5 million
An offer of more than £31 million was enough for Arsenal to sell their 1998-99 top scorer to Real Madrid, but Anelka didn’t score her first La Liga goal until February 2000.
The former France international later said he should never have left Arsenal, and Anelka also had only one poor season at Madrid.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, £34.2m
As a youngster, Oxlade-Chamberlain joined the Gunners from Southampton and was seen as the next big talent in English football before moving to Liverpool in 2017.
The midfielder appears to be the perfect player for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool but has been plagued by a host of injury problems. Anyway, the English star still won the Premier League and Champions League in The Kop shirt.