Arsenal have just landed Sead Kolasinac on a free transfer, so where does he rate in terms of previous freebies Arsenal have signed?
With transfer fees rising at an astronomical rate, the free transfer market offers clubs the opportunity to acquire often experienced players for little-to-no money.
One of the few attributes so many Arsene Wenger supporters praise to his ability to find value in the transfer market. Whilst Arsenal haven’t always been prolific in the free transfer market, there have been some gems throughout the years…in reverse order
I know you’re likely to immediately exit this article after discovering that Chamakh is in the top 5 free transfers to Arsenal of all time but trust me it gets better.
Chamakh, of course, never truly settled in at Arsenal.
Signed from Girondins de Bordeaux, the Moroccan forward arrived at Arsenal on the back of a season where he had scored the most headed goals in Europe. His style of play, whilst deemed un-Arsenal-like, was welcomed by fans as it offered a change in approach, a plan B so to speak.
His first few months were a real success. He provided a reliable head in front of goal and provided an alternative route to our attacking play.
Unfortunately, the Moroccan soon lost his touch in front of goal and his work-rate wasn’t enough to keep him in the good graces of the fans.
In contrast, Robin van Persie was beginning to find form and Chamakh was soon vilified for simply not being as good as the Dutchman.
As a result of his underwhelming performances, his Arsenal career ended in 2013 with his departure welcomed by the fans.