In the Summer before the 2007-2008 season Arsenal were being written off. Tottenham had spent £16.5 million on Darren Bent and millions on loads of other players to secure a Top Four spot, while a wounded Arsenal sold Henry and Ljunberg.
But Arsene Wenger spent £16 million on three highly impressive players in that transfer window: Bacary Sagna (£6 million), Eduardo Da Silva (£8 million), and Lassana Diarra (£2 million).
Bacary Sagna became the PFA Right Back of the year, Eduardo had made six goals and six assists in the Calender Year 2008 before being injured in February. Lassana Diarra was a quality player for us when called into the First Team, but couldn't hold down a spot due to Flamini's Form when he was fit (now he's been sold to Real Madrid for around 20 million euros).
If Arsene Wenger can use £16 million to get those three players, imagine what he can get for up to £50 million, which is what is being mooted as his transfer kitty for January.
I don't want to see Arsene Spend £30 million on one player. I'd rather he used £40 million pounds to get five players whose quality can match or even beat the three described above.
With £40 million I'd love Wenger to get a solid Centre Back (Brede Hangeland anyone?), a pacy full back (preferably left-footed; Nadir Belhadj?), a strong Holding Midfielder (Alonso, Inler, or Veloso?), a pacy Attacking Winger (Jesus Navas, Guardodo, Krancjar?), and then another one of those amazing youngsters he seems to pluck out of thin air.
For if he can get three quality players for £16 million pounds, he should EASILY be able to purchase five quality players for £40 million.