Arsenal seem to have made something of a habit of cashing in on their star players each summer. As well as this year's departures of Robin van Persie and Alex Song, the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor have all made way within the last three seasons.
It is something that manager Arsene Wenger has at times been criticised for.
But despite this, the Frenchman has always had the uncanny knack of unearthing some realm gems for the club—the likes of which have gone on to establish themselves as some of the greatest players to ever pull on the esteemed Arsenal shirt.
In a digression from the current talk surrounding those leaving the club, this article ranks the best signings that Wenger has sanctioned during his 16-year reign at the North London side.
Note: the success of the transfers has been judged in terms of the length of the player’s stay at Arsenal, the success of their performances, the number of trophies won and also profitability. This is reflected in the order of the list.