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1NEWS – Arsenal have spent a lot of money in recent years, with the Gunners being the Premier League’s most extravagant club this season. It was all done in order to restore their glorious era, namely one of the clubs that was reckoned with in the domestic or European arena.
Arsenal fans are actually a bit irritated by Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to spend big. However, everything changed after the arrival of Mesut Ozil in 2013. As written at the beginning, Arsenal became a club that did not hesitate to buy players at high prices.
To that end, we have ranked Arsenal’s 10 most expensive players from worst to best value for money. The point is from the cheapest to the most expensive.
10. Shkodran Mustafi
More than 35 million pounds (Rp 690.4 billion) was spent on the winner of the 2014 World Cup. Yes, Arsenal signed Mustafi in the summer of 2016. During his five years at the Emirates, Mustafi made 151 appearances and left many gaps in the defense.
The centre-back then left in February 2021. He joined Schalke. After 13 games, the club was finally relegated last season.
9. Granite Xhaka
Xhaka was brought to the Emirates Stadium in the same transfer window as Mustafi.
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Arsenal opted to sign Xhaka after they withdrew from a deal that would have seen N’Golo Kante move to North London.
In his five years in the Premier League, the aggressive midfielder has at least proven to be a needed player, or quite the opposite. His red card against Manchester City gives us a little glimpse of how Xhaka is.
8. Ben White
Many were surprised when White was brought to Arsenal from Brighton for 50 million pounds (Rp 986.4 billion).
But the fact is that such a fee is at least spent on one of the UK’s brightest prospects. He has helped to be on top of the other two players on this list.
Let’s give him a chance to prove the price paid is worth it, there’s plenty of time for him to improve. After all, it wasn’t even a month before Ben White was at the Emirates.
7. Martin Odegaard
The Norwegian attacking midfielder initially joined on loan from Real Madrid in 2020/2021 and was bought permanently for £30 million this summer.
After making an impressive appearance during his loan period, Arsenal are considered quite reasonable to spend that amount to get the services of the 22-year-old player. The Premier League’s Player of the Month in March last season still has to continue to prove himself.
6. Thomas Partey
Arsenal triggered Partey’s £45 million release clause at the end of the 2020 summer window. Unfortunately, injuries have prevented his new fans from looking their best.
However, light shone on his value to the club in his absence. Mikel Arteta has been forced to use a number of pairings at the heart of his side, but none of Xhaka, Dani Ceballos, Mohammed Elneny or Ainsley Maitland-Niles covered themselves in the win.
The Ghanaian may still be a fair way to justify his hefty price tag, but his value to the club is clear.
5. Nicolas Pepe
Pepe’s Arsenal career so far has been slow and not explosive, but continues to be headed in the right direction.
But, as a man who remains a club record signing, the pressure will always remain on him. Just imagine £72 million (Rp 1.4 trillion) being thrust towards Lille to bring in the winger in 2019.
After a disappointing debut campaign, he began to find his best form. Last season he scored 15 goals in all competitions, the second most at the club.
4. Mesut Ozil
An undisputed genius. Ozil has all the tools needed to become an Arsenal legend. He did well under Wenger, providing many assists but it started to be different when Arteta took over.
His technical brilliance and snobbery on the pitch has always been hampered by comparisons with his exorbitant salary. Many people began to ignore when his signing was announced to be worth a fee of 42 million pounds (Rp 828.5 billion)
3. Alexandre Lacazette
The Frenchman was signed for a club record at the time of £46 million in the summer of 2017. Lacazette had been a reliable source of goals during his four years at the Emirates.
Despite the arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it was Lacazette who won the Player of the Season award (2018/2019). Although rumors of departures persist, his 66 goals in 172 games remains an impressive legacy to leave behind. It happens when the time comes.
2. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
The Gabon goal machine was signed for £56 million in January 2018 and the rest is history.
A Premier League golden boot and legendary FA Cup final display, Aubameyang is definitely the jewel in Arsenal’s crown. He is one of the irreplaceable legends of Arsenal.
1. Alexis Sanchez
Only 31 million pounds (Rp 611.6 billion) was spent on Sanchez. In his three-and-a-half years with the Gunners, he has become one of the best forwards seen in the Premier League.
The Chilean deserves to be remembered as the outstanding striker we saw in North London. Not because of some of the disappointing performances that followed after moving from the Emirates.
(mochamad rahmatul haq/yul)