Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has the tendency to be somewhat tentative with his funds when it comes to the transfer window. Albeit, the Frenchman who boasts a Masters Degree in Economics has ensured the North London giant have remained financially stable as well as maintaining dominance in England and Europe. Unlike Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, who in recent years have spent extravagant funds on some of the world’s best players ensuring a financial cloud, has become evident.
However in recent seasons, fans and critics alike have voiced their frustration of Wenger’s refusal to secure big name signings. Arsenals are currently enduring a five-season trophy drought that many link with Wenger’s poor transfer option, particularly in the goalkeeping ranks.
The French tactician prefers to nurture his own, home ground talent, finding unknown teenagers for small prices and turning them into world class superstars. The 60-year-old is also a perfectionist at finding middle aged footballers who few have heard of and signing them for small sums.
Fortunately this season, Wenger’s patience and efforts are looking to finally enter fruition with the Gunners sitting second on the Premier League table and boasting immense depth throughout the team.
So this slideshow is dedicated to six players who are destined to join Arsenal before 2012.