Arsenal have been heavily criticised in recent years for a lack of big moves in the transfer market.

Perhaps it’s not much of a surprise then, that eight of their top 10 all-time most expensive signings have been completed in the last five seasons.

Let’s take a look:


10. Andrey Arshavin – Zenit, £15m

Signed after an impressive tournament at UEFA Euro 2008, the forward agreed a then club-record fee of £15m and expressed his delight at joining such a prestigious club.

His first six months were impressive, netting six and creating eight assists in 12 Premier League appearances. It soon became apparent that although a useful player, Arshavin struggled to consistently produce his quality, especially in the matches that mattered most.

No-one will ever forget his fantastic four-goal haul which stunned Anfield in the 4-4 draw of 2009, but it didn’t get much better than that for the Russian. He struggled for form, fitness and his frustrations became increasingly evident before he re-joined Zenit St. Petersburg on a free transfer in July 2013.