In a signing that left most of the Premier league giants stand still, Arsenal have captured one of the hot prospects in football as they completed the transfer of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. The Catalan giants are always known to extract talent from the Premier league however what is astonishing in this case is that now Arsenal are getting their share back. After exporting players like Henry, Fabregas and Alex Song to Spain, it may seem that Arsenal are looking for vengeance now.
After capturing Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid last season for a club record fee, most people thought it was a hoax as no one has ever seen the Arsenal board splashing the cash like this. However, after spending a net £9million in 10 years as indicated by former Manchester United player Gary Neville at the start of last season, it may seem that the Arsenal board have nodded in the direction of Mr. Wenger to splash the cash.
Before the signing of Mesut Ozil last season, Arsenal have spent a net £9million in 10 years as quoted by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville.
Since taking off the reigns of Arsenal football club from 1st October 1996, Arsene Wenger has made sure the Gunners qualified every time for the prestigious Champions league spot. However a good patch of trophy less period left the Arsenal fans wondering had the time has come for the change.
Players like Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Patrick Viera and Samir Nasri were bought on cheap and Arsenal gained not only huge profit but also huge criticism from their fans. One of the major deal was that of Van Persie whom Wenger managed to sign from Feyenoord for £2.75million and managed to sail for £22.5million . However as fans are more concerned by performances on the pitch than off it, these transfer left Arsenal fans agonizing.
After signing Mesut Ozil last season, their fans felt over the moon as in addition to the club record signing an intent was shown by the Arsenal board that was lacking before. By extracting talent from Real Madrid, Arsenal made clear that they are still the destination top players look to settle on when seeking new pastures.
Before the signing of Mesut Ozil last season, Arsenal record signing was Jose Antonio Reyes for £17million.
As reported by the media outlets, Arsenal are once again ready to put their paddle on race as they are the front runners to capture the signature of German Sami Khedira. In a deal that might see them beating Mourinho’s Chelsea, Arsenal will have to spend in the region of £20million to capture the World Cup winner.
So for as the Arsenal fans are concerned, it seems now the Arsenal board has decided to jump in the transfer market with full revenge. After losing several of their star players to rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the past few seasons, Arsenal have decided to spend money on well established players instead of going for raw talent. This might make us see sudden changes in Arsenal trophy cabinet in the next few years as these players will be looking for trophies.
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