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How many players has Arsene Wenger bought in the last five seasons?

By Tony Attwood

Here’s the easiest question of the year.  How many players did we sign in the last transfer window and how much did we spend?

Answer 1 and £10m

But can you count the number of players we bought in 2014/15 and how much was spent?

And what about the year before, and the year before?

If you are still on holiday and fancy having a go you can jot down your answers:

  • 2014/15 – Players
  • 2014/15 – Cost
  • 2013/14 – Players
  • 2013/14 – Cost etc etc etc

OK, when you have done that scroll down a bit and you’ll get the answers.

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Ready?

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No cheating!

Here we go…

And I’ve given them marks out of 10 and gone back to 2010/11 – just because it seemed like something to do, but excluded the young players for whom no fee was paid.

I think it rather knocks on the head that Mr Wenger won’t spend any money!

Season 2014/15  Marks out of ten
Mathieu Debuchy £12,000,000 7 – not the same since the injury
Alexis Sánchez £35,000,000 10
David Ospina £3,000,000 9 excellent last season
Calum Chambers £16,000,000 7 – but could get much higher
Danny Welbeck £16,000,000 7 – higher if he can recover from the injury
Krystian Bielik £2,400,000 ?
Gabriel Paulista £11,200,000 7 – could rise a lot higher
 Total £95,600,000 7 players
Season 2013/14
Yaya Sanogo Free 5
Mathieu Flamini Free 7 – always available when neede
Mesut  Ozil £42,500,000 11? 12? 13?  Maybe 20, as he is two players.
 Total £42,500,000 3 players 
Season 2012/13
Lukas Podolski £11,000,000 6 (just would not track back)
Olivier Giroud £13,000,000 8 or 9
Santi Cazorla £20,000,000 10
Nacho Monreal £8,300,000 9
 Total £52,300,000  4 players
Season 2011/12
Carl Jenkinson Free ? Hard to say – been on loan.
Gervinho £10,600,000 7 (he underachieved because of the crowd)
Alex Oxlade-Ch’lain £12,000,000 7 (still much more to come)
Joel Campbell £950,000 8
Park Chu-Young £3,000,000 0
André Santos £6,200,000 3
Mikel Arteta £10,000,000 6
Per Mertesacker £10,000,000 8
Thomas Eisfeld £475,000 7 (I really thought he was good)
Total £53,225,000  8 players
Season 2010/11
Marouane Chamakh Free 7
Kyle Ebecillo £500,000 ?
Laurent Koscielny £10,000,000 11.  Amazing for £10m
Sebastien Squillaci £4,000,000 5
Ryo Miyaichi Undisclosed 1 (but not his fault, it was the injuries)
 Total £20,250,000  5 players. 

Don’t take it too seriously… it is just a bit of Xmas silliness.  27 players (I think) across five seasons.

30 comments to How many players has Arsene Wenger bought in the last five seasons?

  • insideright

    Didn’t we pay money for Jeff?

  • John

    Tony
    We signed Kim Kallstrom in jan 2014 to hopefully give us that push that we needed.He Made 4 appearances due to being injured when he signed.And yaya sonogo gets a 5.Deary me tony thats putting some spin on one of the worst players weve ever had.

  • John

    I failed to put he was like watching bambi on grass!!

  • John

    Mathieu Debuchy £12,000,000 7 – A good player hampered by injuries and not had much of a chance
    Alexis Sánchez £35,000,000 9.5 An excellent player with an even better workrate.Been brilliant for us.
    David Ospina £3,000,000 7. A good shot stopper but prone to the odd howler.A good back up for cech.
    Calum Chambers £16,000,000 6 .Not had a great time at centre back or full back.Maybe third time lucky for him at Dcm.
    Danny Welbeck £16,000,000 7 – Great workrate but hit and miss in front of goal.His injury is a worry though.
    Krystian Bielik £2,400,000 Who knows??
    Gabriel Paulista £11,200,000 7 – I like this lad ,full of atitude and not frightened of showing it.Just what we need a nasty streak.
    Total £95,600,000 7 players

    Season 2013/14
    Yaya Sanogo Free 2 .As previous bambi on grass.Think arsene was smoking it when he signed him..
    Mathieu Flamini Free 6. Full of endeavor and heart but hasnt got the legs now.
    Mesut Ozil 9.Been superb the start of the season please may it continue.
    Total £42,500,000 3 players

    Season 2012/13
    Lukas Podolski £11,000,000 7 .Knew where the onion bag was.
    Olivier Giroud £13,000,000 8 .Works hard gives his all .If he could be more consistent in front of goal could be WORLD CLASS.
    Santi Cazorla £20,000,000 8.5.A little general in midfield.When hes on his game there isnt anyone better in the premier league.
    Nacho Monreal £8,300,000 8.Took a while to get to grip with the league but is getting better and better with every game.
    Total £52,300,000 4 players

    Season 2011/12
    Carl Jenkinson Free 6.Will give him a 7 for west ham as hes been great for them.
    Gervinho £10,600,000 7 Just for his forehead.
    Alex Oxlade-Ch’lain £12,000,000 7 (still much more to come) hopefully……
    Joel Campbell £950,000 7.There is something with him that you cant teach.Wants to impress and tries his heart out.I hope he really does make it
    Park Chu-Young £3,000,000 0. Who is this player?did he ever sign for arsenal?
    André Santos £6,200,000 1 .Just for his comedy value
    Mikel Arteta £10,000,000 7 an honest player who we signed 5 years too late.
    Per Mertesacker £10,000,000 8.A great leader who has made a difference through his leadership.
    Thomas Eisfeld £475,000 ??
    Total £53,225,000 8 players

    Season 2010/11
    Marouane Chamakh Free 5 just for his hairstyle.
    Kyle Ebecillo £500,000 ?
    Laurent Koscielny £10,000,000 9 .Has turned into a great player and reader of the game…solid.
    Sebastien Squillaci £4,000,000 Another clown
    Ryo Miyaichi Undisclosed ??

  • colario

    Leicester v Mancoilers. It would be interesting to know how much each team cost.

    We have away games against looserpool, manure, spuds, neverton, wetspam, and our last away game, game no.37 away to mancoliers.

    It would be good long term if after tonight there is still a four point gap between us and mancs.

  • Notoverthehill

    Tony, rather interesting, BUT

    The accounts for 2014/2015 disclose:-

    Creditors due in 1 year and over 1 year for transfers came to £80.5 millions

    We then add the payments to purchase players of £71.7 millions and then

    Provisions for performance achievements of £17.5 millions.

    Transfermkt, Transferleague and SoccerBase, are for nerds!

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    @ colario, should there be 4 points gap between us and Man City tonight, that can only mean one thing, Arsenal will no longer be at the top of the table tonight. I will preferred it remains on the 1 point gap between us at the close of business tonight at King Power Stadium. Leicester 0-0 Man City HT.

    Yes, Sir, Mr. Atwood, your record has confirmed, Arsenal have signed an average of 5 players in the last 5 seasons at a heavy cost of amount of money. And report as per Goal.com had it today that, Mohamed Elneny a FC Basel midfielder is having a medical at Arsenal. That will make it the no.2 signings by the Boss so far this season if the signing of Elneny comes to fruition.

    Now, who is or are going to be the next signings by the Boss as being widely agitated for by the large followers of Arsenal. Are the signings of a striker and a DMF by the Boss still in the pipeline as soon as the winter window opens? The DMF can be suspended till future notice since Chambers has shown encouragement he will able to hold fort there . But that of the striker should be embraced by the Boss.

    Why should the Boss sign a striker when he has already Olivier Giroud & Danny Welbeck as 2 specialist strikers to lead the line for the Gunners? I think for security reason, the Boss needs to reinforce his striker position in his playing XI with the signing a top quality striker who can instill timber and caliber into the Gunners line from now as a proactive measure not to leave any ground uncovered.

    Olivier Giroud needs to have a striker mate,(a cover) but his mate, Danny Welbeck will not be available till maybe February. There are a lot of grounds to cover in terms of games to be played in all competitions. And right now, I can see the sign of game fatigue taking it tolls in Olivier Giroud as he’s getting overplayed and needs to be rested on the bench while Walcott leads the line in our BPL home game against Newcastle and also in our home FA Cup match against Sunderland.

    But walcott leading the line in these our 2 home games means reducing the quality of game power in the mid-front-trio as Oxlade is not yet in the quality grade of Walcott at mid-front-right. Therefore, as a necessity, the Boss needs to sign a striker in this winter window for option and cover imho.

  • SamuelAkinsolaAdebosin

    @ colario, should there be 4 points gap between us and Man City tonight, that can only mean one thing, Arsenal will no longer be at the top of the table tonight. I prefer it to remain on the 1 point gap between us at the close of business tonight at King Power Stadium so that Arsenal will remain on top. Leicester 0-0 Man City HT.

    Yes, Sir, Mr. Atwood, your record has confirmed that Arsenal have signed an average of 5 players per season in the last 5 seasons at a heavy cost of amount of money. And report as per Goal.com had it today that, Mohamed Elneny a FC Basel midfielder is having a medical at Arsenal. That will make it the no.2 signings by the Boss so far this season if the signing of Elneny comes to fruition.

    Now, who is or are going to be the next signings by the Boss as being widely agitated for by the large followers of Arsenal. Are the signings of a striker and a DMF by the Boss still in the pipeline as soon as the winter window opens? The DMF can be suspended till future notice since Chambers has shown the encouragement that he will able to hold fort there . But that of the striker should be embraced by the Boss.

    Why should the Boss sign a striker when he has already Olivier Giroud & Danny Welbeck as his 2 specialist strikers to lead the line for the Gunners? I think for security reason, the Boss needs to reinforce his striker position in his playing XI with the signing of a top quality striker who can instill timber and caliber into the Gunners line from now on as a proactive measure not to leave any ground uncovered.

    Olivier Giroud needs to have a striker mate,(a cover) but his mate, Danny Welbeck will not be available till maybe February. There are a lot of grounds to cover in terms of games to be played in all competitions. And right now, I can see the sign of game fatigue taken it tolls on Olivier Giroud as he’s getting overplayed and needs to be rested on the bench while Walcott leads the line in our BPL home game against Newcastle and also in our home FA Cup match against Sunderland.

    But walcott leading the line in these our 2 home games means reducing the quality of game power in the mid-front-trio as Oxlade is not yet in the quality grade of Walcott at mid-front-right. Therefore, as a necessity, the Boss will need to sign a striker in this winter window for option and cover imho.

    And who will that striker be? Kokorin or Lukaku? Lukaku will be costly because Everton will charge. But Kokorin who the Boss can mould to become a top striker for Arsenal within a short time will cost far less than Lukaku would cost. Kokorin was fished out by the Boss himself. I am backing him to sign him because I believe Kokorin can do very well for Arsenal after I watched his vedio goals scoring exploits on B/R.

  • Al

    That’ll do nicely, top of the league into the new yr 🙂

  • Pat

    Isn’t Yaya Sanogo still young and on loan at Ajax? It seems a bit early to write him off. (See John)

  • Andy Mack

    John, I’d guess you didn’t see Sanogo playing at youth international level. If you had then you’d understand why the manager took a gamble on him. He was easily the best player for france in the U17s team that (IIRC) included Paul Pogba and had some excellent showings at U19s and U21s. His few games for us were OK (he showed very well in the Liverpool game) and he’s still only 22 so does have time, although he’ll have to make a major ‘step up’ pretty soon to be deemed a success. I’d say for a free transfer he still has potential, although I’d be a bit miffed if we’d actually paid out for him. But time will tell. Some were making equally disparaging remarks about Coquelin not that long ago…

  • nicky

    @John & Andy Mack,
    I agree with both of you about Sanogo.
    Too many folk are too quick to write him off.
    He’s raw, full of energy and is learning his trade.
    He must be given a chance. 😉

  • Gord

    Kallstrom was a loan.

  • Menace

    Every player bought by Wenger made us a profit. The orientals were good for shirt sales & though they didn’t really get far on the field, made good income. Loan players are insurance & work because they only cost when they play.

    Sanogo is a brilliant player who needs time in the side to gel. Critics can’t play!!

    What would be a good job for Jose Mourinho? I think head of PGMO!! It will be the best laugh this century.

  • Gord

    Menace, I think there are a few sewers in north England that need some work with all this flooding. Moaninho would probaly fit in that job just fine.

  • ARSENAL 13

    John,

    Sanogo worst player?????….Well, he helped us win the FA cup and stop the ‘not won a trophy since’ nonsense.

  • sleekwhale

    I have problem with ox…he has very good work rate but he sleeps of and loses his marker in set piece situations and his final ball is most times very disappointing.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    Dear Santa ,
    I know that you must be tired out with all that flying around in bring Christmas joy and cheer to the Arsenal faithful. Most of us are very happy with the gifts bestowed upon our club and the points that allow us to sit on top of the heap !
    I do hope that all that abuse from ‘them’ has not dented your enthusiasm in all things red and white , or in gold and blue .While I do admit that I would love to see ‘them’ all black and blue , most of them are not sane in the true sense of the word . Some have only half a brain , and they have to share it amongst themselves !

    There was many a rumour of your early demise in the news the world over during the Christmas period ,which turned out to be fake , very much like the impending fall of the Arsenal .

    This image was quite disconcerting till we all realised that it was untrue and doctored . http://www.gagrule.net/humor-santa-claus-was-shot-down-by-fighter-aircraft-f-16-when-it-entered-turkish-airspace-without-permission/ .

    There was also this clip sent to me , which was also had stopped me in my tracks , until I realised that it was a funny advert about not playing with fireworks . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycviJ-421Z8

    I also heard a rumour that you had presented Arsene Wenger with three (yes, count them , three !) sets of red and white coloured ribbons that are to be tied to the cup handles , which he will be presented with come May 2016. If it’s true , Santa , I cannot think of a more deserving person !

    Thank you again , Santa ,for all the Christmas gifts we are about to receive .We the AKBs will be sending your a case of the best champagne in appreciation of all your efforts . As for Rudolph and the rest of the gang , tell them to drop by Gord’s farm in Canada , where he keeps only the finest hay .
    But tell them to use their bells as we don’t want this to happen again ! And please don’t forget that Sarah Palin can see Canada from her porch !And she has a gun , and she may be pissed off at not being nominated again.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CX7BJaptphA

    Your sincerely ,

    The Brickfields Gunners

    PS , sorry to hear that you were mugged when you came over here , times are bad !

  • serge

    Brickfield

    I think Sarah Palin actually said ” I can see Russia from my porch” (not Canada)

  • Not over the hill

    I am not sure why you are quoting…

    Creditors due in 1 year and over 1 year for transfers came to £80.5 millions

    Player agreements come in different arrangements, but one of the most common is for clubs to agree to pay each other over time – so a transfer of £40m might be paid at £10m a year. Chelsea are known for paying all up front, because of their vast wealth, but not many other clubs have followed them.

    Likewise players are valued on the clubs’ books at their transfer cost and that is written down over the length of the contract – often four years. A player can have zero value on the accounts but a value of £10m in the transfer market.

  • arse_or_brain

    its not just jeff you missed but loads of players if we are counting the acadamy, but that would of taken a much longer piece and most were for small fees anyway.

  • John

    Menace -“sanogo is a brilliant player”.
    Apart from not being able to trap a bag of cement or having the touch of a XXXXXX. Deary me menace do you watch any of the football being played or are you just watching the referees making mistakes all game.
    Hes big, physical and athletic but I cant think of anything else hes got going for him.

  • Menace

    John – I watch everything on the field of play & Sanogo has great ball skills for a tall man. He has the ability to finish given the chance. He runs with the ball well but loses balance if physically challenged as he does not have sufficient bulk.

    I have not seen him play in the last couple of years as he has been on loan. I prseume he will have developed physically & if Wenger is right he will have improved.

  • Menace

    Gord – perhaps the low profile JM is keeping is exactly that. He is blocking the drains up north!

  • John

    menace
    We will have to disagree on sanogo as i would put money on that we will never see him in an arsenal shirt again.He played 11 league games for palace without a goal and has since been farmed off to ajax where he hasnt scored either.In fact ronald de boer the brother of the coach at ajax state that “I have still found no qualities with which you can do something.”

  • Terrence2

    Giroud gets more flak than most because he is the striker and we have been blessed with strikers in the past who were able to pull the team through games we were crap in (wright, Anelka, Henry) Those 3 won games with only 1,2 or 3 chances even if we played rubbish. Giroud unfortunately for him doesnt have that ability in his locker. A good striker he is, and when he is in a purple patch he is awesome but when it isnt going his way he is nowhere to be seen and offers less than nothing to the team. This is where peoples frustrations come from. I like Ollie but for me he will and should only be option b, he lacks the quality needed to lead the line for team who ambitions should be to win the league and CL (not just one or the other but both comps). If we had someone’s ability of say higuain, benzema, players who have that ability to score when they only have 2 chances a game we would win alot more. The amount Ozil puts on a plate for our strikers and they dont finish is shameful, and that not me picking out Ollie that goes for theo as well. We need a top striker and we need to spend big on someone who can deliver and change a game, there is few out there who can but we can sign them and should go for them.

  • Brickfields Gunners

    On the sixth day God turned to angel Gabriel and said, “Today I am going to create a land called Canada.
    It will be a land of outstanding natural beauty. It shall have majestic mountains full of mountain goats and eagles, and beautiful sparkling lakes, bountiful with carp and trout.
    There shall be forests full of elk and moose, high cliffs overlooking sandy beaches with an abundance of sea life, and rivers stocked with salmon.”
    God continued, “I shall make the land rich in oil so to make the inhabitants prosper, I shall call these inhabitants Canadians, they shall be known as the most friendly people on the earth.”
    “But Lord,” asked Gabriel, “don’t you think you are being too generous to these Canadians?”
    “Not really.” God replied. “Just wait and see the neighbours I’m going to give them.”

  • ColG

    Interesting reading. What is not clear is if a mark out of 10 is weighted according to how much was spent on them, or is purely based on how good a player they are. As an example, Wellbeck would be about 8 based on his (relatively) low cost, but perhaps 5 or 6 based on actual achievement (one cannot ignore the amount of time he has been out injured). Similarly, Ospina’s ‘9’ rating is only really justified if you take into account how cheap he was – the number of clangers and resultant dropped points means his performance-only rating should be somewhat lower. Arteta looks to be a ‘busted flush’ these days, but he really should be scored higher than 6 – for a couple of seasons he did all that was asked of him, so has proved well worth the £10m Wenger paid for him.

    Obviously, the other side of this is that Ozil and Sanchez should be marked down because although excellent, neither were cheap. Even despite this both have proved to be pretty good value, so should be at about 9 each – I think to achieve a transfer rating of 10 a player would have to be a Vieira or Henry type ‘world class bargain’.

  • Andy Mack

    ColG, Ospina didn’t make any errors last season (he was very good with a great record) and has only played one CL game and LC games (no PL games). Yes he’s been poor in them but hasn’t cost us points.