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:
9. Santi Cazorla – Malaga, £15m
The fan favourite himself, Santi Cazorla, didn’t need much time to acclimatise. The creative Spaniard, now 32, played every Premier League fixture during his first campaign in England and performances have justified why he’s one of the club’s best creators in recent years.
Previously the creator-in-chief, he was either shifted out wide or played in a deeper role to accommodate the arrival of Mesut Özil and has been a joy to watch. Unfortunately though, a number of troublesome injuries have seen him play progressively fewer matches every season.
Last term, he was sidelined from mid-October and is not expected to return until later this year from ankle surgery. He’s missed 78 competitive matches, spanning 430 days of football across the past four seasons.