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Overview 1996-2017

£651m
Total spent
£431m
Total received
-£220m
Net balance
202
Players signed
260
Players sold/rel

Expenditure/Income

By Season
By Primary Position
£31.5m
£16.8m
Spent
Received
Goalkeepers
£162m
£80.1m
Spent
Received
Defenders
£210m
£199m
Spent
Received
Midfielders
£247m
£135m
Spent
Received
Forwards
£651m
£431m
Spent
Received
All
By Outfield Position
£57.8m
£33.6m
Spent
Received
Full Backs
£98.8m
£41.8m
Spent
Received
Centre Backs
£44.9m
£21.9m
Spent
Received
Defensive Midfielders
£37.5m
£51.4m
Spent
Received
Central Midfielders
£78.7m
£36.1m
Spent
Received
Attacking Midfielders
£106m
£81.6m
Spent
Received
Wingers
£164m
£116m
Spent
Received
Strikers
2017-2018

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Alexandre lacazette 320
Lacazette

£46,000,000

Sead kolasinac 320
Kolasinac

Free

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Alex oxlade chamberlain 320
Oxlade-Chamberlain

£35,000,000

Gabriel paulista 320
Paulista

£10,000,000

Wojciech szczesny 320
Szczesny

£10,000,000

Kieran gibbs 320
Gibbs

£7,000,000

Jon toral 320
Toral

£3,000,000

Blank 320
Hinds

£2,000,000

Ismael bennacer 320
Bennacer

£1,500,000

Donyell malen 320
Malen

£1,300,000

Dan crowley 320
Crowley

£600,000

Blank 320
Willock

Free

Yaya sanogo 320
Sanogo

Free

Kristopher da graca 320
Da Graca

Free

2017-2018

£24.4m
Net balance
£46m
Spent
£70.4m
Received
£46m
Biggest fee spent
£35m
Biggest fee received
2
Players in
12
Players out
2
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Alexandre Lacazette Lyon Forward £46,000,000 05 Jul 2017
Sead Kolasinac Schalke 04 Defender Free 01 Jul 2017
Total Spent £46,000,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool Midfielder £35,000,000 31 Aug 2017
Gabriel Paulista Valencia Defender £10,000,000 18 Aug 2017
Wojciech Szczesny Juventus Goalkeeper £10,000,000 19 Jul 2017
Kieran Gibbs WBA Defender £7,000,000 30 Aug 2017
Jon Toral Hull Midfielder £3,000,000 24 Aug 2017
Kaylen Hinds Wolfsburg Forward £2,000,000 08 Jul 2017
Ismaël Bennacer Empoli Midfielder £1,500,000 21 Aug 2017
Donyell Malen PSV Forward £1,300,000 31 Aug 2017
Dan Crowley Willem II Midfielder £600,000 17 Jul 2017
Chris Willock Benfica Forward Free 30 Jun 2017
Yaya Sanogo Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2017
Kristopher Da Graca Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2017
Total Received £70,400,000
2016-2017

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Shkodran mustafi 320
Mustafi

£34,320,000

Granit xhaka 320
Xhaka

£26,700,000

Lucas perez 320
Pérez

£17,160,000

Kelechi nwakali 320
Nwakali

£3,000,000

Rob holding 320
Holding

£2,000,000

Takuma asano 320
Asano

£800,000

Cohen bramall 320
Bramall

£40,000

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Serge gnabry 320
Gnabry

£4,260,000

Isaac hayden 320
Hayden

£2,500,000

Wellington silva 320
Silva

Free

Tomas rosicky 320
Rosický

Free

Mikel arteta 320
Arteta

Free

Mathieu flamini 320
Flamini

Free

2016-2017

-£77.3m
Net balance
£84m
Spent
£6.76m
Received
£34.3m
Biggest fee spent
£4.26m
Biggest fee received
7
Players in
6
Players out
3
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Shkodran Mustafi Valencia Defender £34,320,000 30 Aug 2016

Mustafi's release clause was €40m (£34.32m at the time of the transfer), which Arsenal finally met after several lower initial bids.

Granit Xhaka Gladbach Midfielder £26,700,000 25 May 2016

Initial fee was €30m, with substantial performance based add-ons.

Lucas Pérez Deportivo Forward £17,160,000 30 Aug 2016

Lucas Perez had a release clause of €20m, which Arsenal met in full after initially trying to split the payments up in instalments.

Kelechi Nwakali Diamond Football Academy Midfielder £3,000,000 13 Jun 2016

Deal was done with Diamond Football Academy on June 13th but contract with player not signed and finalised until August 4th.

Rob Holding Bolton Defender £2,000,000 22 Jul 2016
Takuma Asano Sanfrecce Hiroshima Forward £800,000 03 Jul 2016
Cohen Bramall Hednesford Defender £40,000 04 Jan 2017
Total Spent £84,020,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Serge Gnabry Werder Bremen Forward £4,260,000 31 Aug 2016

Kicker reported the initial fee to be €8m, other media outlets later reported the fee as being €5m instead.

Isaac Hayden Newcastle Defender £2,500,000 11 Jul 2016
Wellington Silva Fluminense Forward Free 18 Jul 2016
Tomás Rosický Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2016
Mikel Arteta Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2016
Mathieu Flamini Released Midfielder Released 10 Jun 2016
Total Received £6,760,000
2015-2016

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Petr cech 320
Cech

£10,900,000

Mohamed elneny 320
Elneny

£6,880,000

Jeff reine adelaide 320
Reine-Adelaide

£1,500,000

Yassin fortune 320
Fortune

£1,500,000

Ismael bennacer 320
Bennacer

£175,000

Vlad dragomir 320
Dragomir

£71,000

Donyell malen 320
Malen

£70,000

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
Podolski

£1,780,000

Blank 320
Miyaichi

Free

Blank 320
Ajayi

Free

Samuel galindo 320
Galindo

Free

Blank 320
Centeno

Free

Blank 320
Diaby

Free

2015-2016

-£19.3m
Net balance
£21.1m
Spent
£1.78m
Received
£10.9m
Biggest fee spent
£1.78m
Biggest fee received
7
Players in
6
Players out
3
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Petr Cech Chelsea Goalkeeper £10,900,000 29 Jun 2015
Mohamed Elneny Basel Midfielder £6,880,000 14 Jan 2016
Jeff Reine-Adelaide Lens Midfielder £1,500,000 01 Jul 2015

Part of a £3m package deal with Lens for both Yassin Fortune and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Yassin Fortune Lens Forward £1,500,000 01 Jul 2015

Part of a £3m package deal with Lens for both Yassin Fortune and Jeff Reine-Adelaide.

Ismaël Bennacer Arles-Avignon Midfielder £175,000 29 Jul 2015
Vlad Dragomir ACS Poli Timisoara Midfielder £71,000 24 Jun 2015

Confirmed in Romanian press as a €100,000 deal (£71,000 at the time of transfer).

Donyell Malen Ajax Forward £70,000 26 Jul 2015
Total Spent £21,096,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Lukas Podolski Galatasaray Forward £1,780,000 04 Jul 2015

Confirmed by Galatasaray as €2.5m + €500,000 if Galatasaray qualify for the Champions League once in the next three years.

Ryo Miyaichi FC St. Pauli Midfielder Free 18 Jun 2015
Semi Ajayi Cardiff Defender Free 19 Jun 2015
Samuel Galindo Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2015
Jonatas Centeno Released Midfielder Released 06 Apr 2015
Abou Diaby Released Midfielder Released 01 Jul 2015
Total Received £1,780,000
2014-2015

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Alexis sanchez 320
Sánchez

£34,000,000

Danny welbeck 320
Welbeck

£16,000,000

Gabriel paulista 320
Paulista

£11,200,000

Calum chambers 320
Chambers

£11,000,000

Mathieu debuchy 320
Debuchy

£10,000,000

David ospina 320
Ospina

£3,160,000

Krystian bielik 320
Bielik

£2,300,000

Ben sheaf 320
Sheaf

£280,000

Kristopher da graca 320
Da Graca

£80,000

Hugo keto 320
Keto

£55,000

Blank 320
Centeno

Free

Ainsley maitland niles 320
Maitland-Niles

Free

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
Vermaelen

£7,240,000

Johan djourou 320
Djourou

£2,400,000

Blank 320
Afobe

£2,200,000

Blank 320
Eisfeld

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Miquel

£1,400,000

Blank 320
Olsson

£50,000

Blank 320
Aneke

Free

Blank 320
Fagan

Free

Blank 320
Sagna

Free

Blank 320
Ansah

Free

Blank 320
Fabiański

Free

Blank 320
Chu-young

Free

Blank 320
Dawkins

Free

Blank 320
Bendtner

Free

Blank 320
Siemann

Free

Blank 320
Boateng

Free

Blank 320
Viviano

Free

2014-2015

-£72.8m
Net balance
£88.1m
Spent
£15.3m
Received
£34m
Biggest fee spent
£7.24m
Biggest fee received
12
Players in
17
Players out
6
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Alexis Sánchez Barcelona Forward £34,000,000 10 Jul 2014
Danny Welbeck Manchester United Forward £16,000,000 02 Sep 2014
Gabriel Paulista Villarreal Defender £11,200,000 28 Jan 2015
Calum Chambers Southampton Defender £11,000,000 28 Jul 2014
Mathieu Debuchy Newcastle Defender £10,000,000 17 Jul 2014
David Ospina Nice Goalkeeper £3,160,000 27 Jul 2014
Krystian Bielik Legia Warsaw Midfielder £2,300,000 21 Jan 2015
Ben Sheaf West Ham Midfielder £280,000 01 Jul 2014
Kristopher Da Graca Hisingsbacka Defender £80,000 14 Jul 2014
Hugo Keto HJK Helsinki Goalkeeper £55,000 01 Aug 2014
Jonatas Centeno Fulham Midfielder Free 27 Mar 2014
Ainsley Maitland-Niles Academy Midfielder 24 Oct 2014

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/20141024/young-duo-sign-professional-terms

Total Spent £88,075,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Thomas Vermaelen Barcelona Defender £7,240,000 10 Aug 2014

Barcelona confirmed the details on their website at the time of transfer: €10m initial fee + €5m in add-ons. Arsenal will also receive €3.8m if Vermaelen wins the Champions League (provided he plays a certain number of games).

Johan Djourou Hamburg Defender £2,400,000 14 Apr 2014
Benik Afobe Wolves Forward £2,200,000 14 Jan 2015
Thomas Eisfeld Fulham Midfielder £2,000,000 23 Jul 2014
Ignasi Miquel Norwich Defender £1,400,000 02 Sep 2014
Kristoffer Olsson FC Midtjylland Midfielder £50,000 27 Dec 2014
Chuks Aneke Zulte Waregem Midfielder Free 21 Jun 2014
Zachari Fagan Welling United Defender Free 01 Jul 2014
Bacary Sagna Manchester City Defender Free 30 Jun 2014
Zak Ansah Charlton Forward Free 01 Jul 2014
Łukasz Fabiański Swansea Goalkeeper Free 30 Jun 2014
Park Chu-young Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2014
Tarum Dawkins Released Midfielder Released 01 Jul 2014
Nicklas Bendtner Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2014
Leander Siemann Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2014
Daniel Boateng Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2014
Emiliano Viviano Palermo Goalkeeper Loan Return 30 Jun 2014
Total Received £15,290,000
2013-2014

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Mesut ozil 320
Özil

£35,740,000

Dan crowley 320
Crowley

£1,000,000

Julio pleguezuelo 320
Pleguezuelo

£400,000

Yaya sanogo 320
Sanogo

£390,000

Blank 320
Raage

£200,000

Matt macey 320
Macey

£100,000

Blank 320
Ajayi

Free

Mathieu flamini 320
Flamini

Free

Blank 320
Källström

Loan

Blank 320
Viviano

Loan

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
Gervinho

£6,900,000

Blank 320
Mannone

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Frimpong

£500,000

Blank 320
Angha

£300,000

Blank 320
Yennaris

£240,000

Blank 320
Ebecilio

£150,000

Blank 320
Santos

Free

Blank 320
Chamakh

Free

Blank 320
Eastmond

Free

Blank 320
Wynter

Free

Blank 320
Watt

Free

Blank 320
Hajrović

Free

Blank 320
Squillaci

Free

Blank 320
Mugabo

Free

Blank 320
Henderson

Free

Blank 320
Denílson

Free

Blank 320
Raage

Free

Blank 320
Shea

Free

Blank 320
Meade

Free

Blank 320
Rees

Free

Blank 320
Neita

Free

Blank 320
Roberts

Free

Blank 320
Charles-Cook

Free

Blank 320
Källström

Free

2013-2014

-£27.7m
Net balance
£37.8m
Spent
£10.1m
Received
£35.7m
Biggest fee spent
£6.9m
Biggest fee received
10
Players in
24
Players out
13
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Mesut Özil Real Madrid Midfielder £35,740,000 02 Sep 2013

Leaked transfer documents show that Mesut Özil's initial fee was €44m, spread out over three instalments: €24m on 2 Sep 2013, €15m on 30 Sep 2014, and €5m on 30 Sep 2015. Our initial fee of £35.74m reflects the historic currency rates on these dates. Leaked documents also show that there is a potential €6m in performance bonuses, of which €2m has been paid as of 26 Jan 2016.

Dan Crowley Aston Villa Midfielder £1,000,000 01 Jul 2013
Julio Pleguezuelo Barcelona Defender £400,000 10 Jun 2013
Yaya Sanogo Auxerre Forward £390,000 01 Jul 2013
Jamaal Raage Brommapojkarna Forward £200,000 01 Jul 2013
Matt Macey Bristol Rovers Goalkeeper £100,000 23 Oct 2013
Semi Ajayi Charlton Defender Free 01 Jul 2013
Mathieu Flamini AC Milan Midfielder Free 29 Aug 2013
Kim Källström Spartak Moscow Midfielder Loan 31 Jan 2014
Emiliano Viviano Palermo Goalkeeper Loan 02 Sep 2013
Total Spent £37,830,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Gervinho AS Roma Midfielder £6,900,000 13 Aug 2013
Vito Mannone Sunderland Goalkeeper £2,000,000 03 Jul 2013
Emmanuel Frimpong Barnsley Midfielder £500,000 31 Jan 2014
Martin Angha FC Nuremberg Defender £300,000 10 Apr 2013
Nico Yennaris Brentford Defender £240,000 27 Jan 2014
Kyle Ebecilio FC Twente Midfielder £150,000 28 May 2013
André Santos Flamengo Defender Free 18 Jul 2013
Marouane Chamakh Crystal Palace Forward Free 10 Aug 2013
Craig Eastmond Colchester Utd Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2013
Jordan Wynter Bristol City Midfielder Free 22 May 2013
Sanchez Watt Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2013
Sead Hajrović Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2013
Sébastien Squillaci Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2013
Alfred Mugabo Released Midfielder Released 23 May 2014
Conor Henderson Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2013
Denílson Released Midfielder Released 03 Jun 2013
Jamaal Raage Released Forward Released 01 Jan 2014
James Shea Released Goalkeeper Released 30 Jun 2013
Jernade Meade Released Defender Released 01 Jul 2013
Josh Rees Released Midfielder Released 01 Jul 2013
Nigel Neita Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2013
Philips Roberts Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2013
Reice Charles-Cook Released Goalkeeper Released 30 Jun 2013
Kim Källström Spartak Moscow Midfielder Loan Return 30 Jun 2014
Total Received £10,090,000
2012-2013

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Santi cazorla 320
Cazorla

£11,900,000

Blank 320
Podolski

£10,300,000

Olivier giroud 320
Giroud

£9,600,000

Nacho monreal 320
Monreal

£8,550,000

Blank 320
Dawkins

£240,000

Dejan iliev 320
Iliev

Free

Gedion zelalem 320
Zelalem

Free

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
van Persie

£22,500,000

Blank 320
Song

£14,900,000

Blank 320
Vela

£2,350,000

Blank 320
Bartley

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Lansbury

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Özyakup

£400,000

Blank 320
Botelho

Free

Blank 320
Almunia

Free

Blank 320
Arshavin

Free

Blank 320
Hoyte

Free

Blank 320
Murphy

Free

Blank 320
McDermott

Free

Blank 320
Benayoun

Free

2012-2013

£1.56m
Net balance
£40.6m
Spent
£42.2m
Received
£11.9m
Biggest fee spent
£22.5m
Biggest fee received
7
Players in
13
Players out
5
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Santi Cazorla Malaga Midfielder £11,900,000 07 Aug 2012

Details of the transfer were briefly posted on Malaga's website, but have been removed. The site claimed €16m initial fee + €6m add-ons.

Lukas Podolski FC Köln Forward £10,300,000 30 Apr 2012
Olivier Giroud Montpellier Forward £9,600,000 26 Jun 2012

Louis Nicollin (Montpellier chairman) was quoted saying Giroud's release clause was €12m (£9.6m at the time of transfer), not €15m as reported.

Nacho Monreal Malaga Defender £8,550,000 31 Jan 2013
Tarum Dawkins Luton Midfielder £240,000 02 Mar 2012
Dejan Iliev Belasica Goalkeeper Free 30 Aug 2012
Gedion Zelalem Olney Rangers Midfielder Free 01 Jan 2013
Total Spent £40,590,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Robin van Persie Manchester United Forward £22,500,000 17 Aug 2012
Alex Song Barcelona Midfielder £14,900,000 20 Aug 2012
Carlos Vela Real Sociedad Forward £2,350,000 17 Jul 2012

Real Sociedad confirmed the €3m fee.

Kyle Bartley Swansea Defender £1,000,000 16 Aug 2012
Henri Lansbury Nottingham Forest Midfielder £1,000,000 28 Aug 2012
Oğuzhan Özyakup Besiktas Midfielder £400,000 08 Jun 2012

Besiktas released a statement on the Turkish Stock Exchange (KAP) disclosing the full details of the transfer: Arsenal will receive €500,000 (£403,975 on June 8th 2012) in player fees while Özyakup will make €400,000 in the 2012-13 season, plus a €100,000 sign-on bonus. Özyakup will then go on to earn €425,000 in 2013-14, €450,000 in 2014-15 and €475,000 in 2015-16, in addition to a €7,500 bonus for each match played up to a 40 game period per season.

Pedro Botelho Atlético Paranaense Defender Free 25 Jul 2012
Manuel Almunia Released Goalkeeper Released 31 Jul 2012
Andrey Arshavin Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2013
Gavin Hoyte Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2012
Rhys Murphy Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2012
Sean McDermott Released Goalkeeper Released 30 Jun 2012
Yossi Benayoun Chelsea Midfielder Loan Return 01 Jul 2012
Total Received £42,150,000
2011-2012

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
Gervinho

£10,560,000

Mikel arteta 320
Arteta

£10,000,000

Per mertesacker 320
Mertesacker

£8,000,000

Alex oxlade chamberlain 320
Oxlade-Chamberlain

£7,000,000

Blank 320
Santos

£6,200,000

Blank 320
Chu-young

£2,650,000

Carl jenkinson 320
Jenkinson

£990,000

Joel campbell 320
Campbell

£930,000

Blank 320
Eisfeld

£400,000

Hector bellerin 320
Bellerín

£350,000

Jon toral 320
Toral

£310,000

Blank 320
Olsson

£290,000

Blank 320
Siemann

£220,000

Serge gnabry 320
Gnabry

£90,000

Blank 320
Benayoun

Loan

Thierry henry 320
Henry

Loan

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Cesc fabregas 320
Fàbregas

£25,400,000

Blank 320
Nasri

£22,000,000

Gael clichy 320
Clichy

£7,000,000

Blank 320
Eboué

£3,100,000

Blank 320
Traoré

£1,200,000

Blank 320
Emmanuel-Thomas

£1,100,000

Blank 320
Sunu

£450,000

Blank 320
Deacon

Free

Blank 320
Freeman

Free

Blank 320
Randall

Free

Blank 320
Cruise

Free

Blank 320
Edge

Free

Blank 320
Lehmann

Free

Blank 320
Gilbert

Free

Blank 320
Smith

Free

Thierry henry 320
Henry

Free

2011-2012

£12.3m
Net balance
£48m
Spent
£60.3m
Received
£10.6m
Biggest fee spent
£25.4m
Biggest fee received
16
Players in
16
Players out
5
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Gervinho Lille Midfielder £10,560,000 12 Jul 2011
Mikel Arteta Everton Midfielder £10,000,000 31 Aug 2011
Per Mertesacker Werder Bremen Defender £8,000,000 31 Aug 2011
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Southampton Midfielder £7,000,000 08 Aug 2011

This transfer fee is often disputed, media reports vary from £7m initial fee all the way up to £15m initial fee. But in August 2011, then-chairman of Southampton Nicola Cortese casually mentioned in a video interview that the deal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was the same as the deal for Theo Walcott. Theo confirmed in his autobiography that Arsenal paid £7m initial fee + £5m performance bonuses.

André Santos Fenerbahçe Defender £6,200,000 31 Aug 2011

Fee confirmed by Fenerbahçe as €7m.

Park Chu-young Monaco Forward £2,650,000 30 Aug 2011

€3m fee, confirmed by Monaco around the time of transfer.

Carl Jenkinson Charlton Defender £990,000 08 Jun 2011
Joel Campbell Saprissa Forward £930,000 19 Aug 2011
Thomas Eisfeld Dortmund Midfielder £400,000 31 Jan 2012
Héctor Bellerín Barcelona Defender £350,000 01 Jul 2011
Jon Toral Barcelona Midfielder £310,000 25 Feb 2011
Kristoffer Olsson IFK Norrköping Midfielder £290,000 01 Jul 2011
Leander Siemann Hertha BSC Defender £220,000 01 Jul 2011
Serge Gnabry VfB Stuttgart Forward £90,000 01 Jul 2011
Yossi Benayoun Chelsea Midfielder Loan 31 Aug 2011
Thierry Henry NY Red Bulls Forward Loan 06 Jan 2012
Total Spent £47,990,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Cesc Fàbregas Barcelona Midfielder £25,400,000 15 Aug 2011

€29m initial fee + €5m spread over five years + if Barcelona won three league titles and one Champions League title in the duration of Fabregas' contract, Arsenal would receive another €5m.

Samir Nasri Manchester City Midfielder £22,000,000 24 Aug 2011
Gaël Clichy Manchester City Defender £7,000,000 04 Jul 2011
Emmanuel Eboué Galatasaray Defender £3,100,000 16 Aug 2011

€3.5m fee confirmed by Galatasaray's website at time of transfer.

Armand Traoré QPR Defender £1,200,000 30 Aug 2011
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Ipswich Forward £1,100,000 26 Jul 2011
Gilles Sunu Lorient Forward £450,000 31 Aug 2011
Roarie Deacon Sunderland Defender Free 01 Jul 2011
Luke Freeman Stevenage Midfielder Free 10 Jan 2012
Mark Randall Chesterfield Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2011
Thomas Cruise Released Defender Released 01 Jul 2011
Jamie Edge Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2011
Jens Lehmann Released Goalkeeper Released 01 Jul 2011
Kerrea Gilbert Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2011
Steven Smith Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2011
Thierry Henry NY Red Bulls Forward Loan Return 16 Feb 2012
Total Received £60,250,000
2010-2011

Arrivals
= summer window = winter window

Laurent koscielny 320
Koscielny

£8,450,000

Blank 320
Squillaci

£4,000,000

Blank 320
Ebecilio

£580,000

Blank 320
Roberts

Free

Blank 320
Miyaichi

Free

Blank 320
Angha

Free

Blank 320
Chamakh

Free

Blank 320
Lehmann

Free

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
da Silva

£6,000,000

Blank 320
Simpson

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Ayling

Free

Blank 320
Gallas

Free

Blank 320
Evina

Free

Sol campbell 320
Campbell

Free

Blank 320
Nordtveit

Free

Philippe senderos 320
Senderos

Free

Blank 320
Barazite

Free

Blank 320
Mérida

Free

Blank 320
Silvestre

Free

2010-2011

-£6.03m
Net balance
£13m
Spent
£7m
Received
£8.45m
Biggest fee spent
£6m
Biggest fee received
8
Players in
11
Players out
1
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Laurent Koscielny FC Lorient Defender £8,450,000 07 Jul 2010
Sébastien Squillaci Sevilla Defender £4,000,000 26 Aug 2010
Kyle Ebecilio Feyenoord Midfielder £580,000 01 Jul 2010
Philips Roberts Norwich Forward Free 03 Jun 2010
Ryo Miyaichi Chukyodai Chuyko Midfielder Free 01 Jan 2011
Martin Angha FC Zürich Defender Free 01 Jul 2010
Marouane Chamakh Bordeaux Forward Free 21 May 2010
Jens Lehmann VfB Stuttgart Goalkeeper Free 17 Mar 2011
Total Spent £13,030,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Eduardo da Silva Shakhtar Donetsk Forward £6,000,000 21 Jul 2010
Jay Simpson Hull Forward £1,000,000 10 Aug 2010

Leon Callender, owner of Straight Ace Sports Management, confirmed the 21-year-old travelled to Hull for talks with manager Nigel Pearson and that the deal would amount to £1 million including add-ons.

Luke Ayling Yeovil Town Defender Free 01 Jul 2010
William Gallas Tottenham Defender Free 01 Jul 2010
Cedric Evina Oldham Athletic Defender Free 28 Jan 2011
Sol Campbell Newcastle Defender Free 01 Jul 2010
Håvard Nordtveit Mönchengladbach Midfielder Free 30 Dec 2010
Philippe Senderos Fulham Defender Free 01 Jul 2010
Nacer Barazite Austria Wien Midfielder Free 31 Jan 2011
Fran Mérida Atletico Madrid Midfielder Free 25 May 2010
Mikaël Silvestre Werder Bremen Defender Free 30 Jun 2010
Total Received £7,000,000
2009-2010

Arrivals
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Vermaelen

£8,300,000

Wellington silva 320
Silva

£3,000,000

Damian martinez 320
Martínez

£1,300,000

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McDermott

£780,000

Samuel galindo 320
Galindo

£410,000

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Hajrović

£250,000

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Edge

£100,000

Sol campbell 320
Campbell

Free

Departures
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Adebayor

£25,000,000

Kolo toure 320
Touré

£16,000,000

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Steer

Free

Blank 320
Rasmussen

Free

Blank 320
Dunne

Free

Blank 320
Fonte

Free

Blank 320
van den Berg

Free

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Rodgers

Free

2009-2010

£26.9m
Net balance
£14.1m
Spent
£41m
Received
£8.3m
Biggest fee spent
£25m
Biggest fee received
8
Players in
8
Players out
3
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Thomas Vermaelen Ajax Defender £8,300,000 19 Jun 2009

Ajax confirmed the details of the transfer on their website at the time of transfer: "Ajax and Arsenal FC have reached agreement about the transfer of Thomas Vermaelen. The transfer has a total worth of 12 million euro, of which 10 million fixed and 2 million variable."

Wellington Silva Fluminense Forward £3,000,000 31 Jan 2010
Damián Martínez Independiente Goalkeeper £1,300,000 17 May 2009
Sean McDermott IK Våg Goalkeeper £780,000 27 May 2009
Samuel Galindo Real America Midfielder £410,000 01 Jan 2010
Sead Hajrović Grasshopper Defender £250,000 01 Jul 2009
Jamie Edge Cheltenham Midfielder £100,000 01 Jul 2009

Cheltenham were in desperate need of £100,000 at the time, so Jamie Edge was purchased for that sum to cover Cheltenhams debts.

Sol Campbell Notts County Defender Free 15 Jan 2010
Total Spent £14,140,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Emmanuel Adebayor Manchester City Forward £25,000,000 18 Jul 2009
Kolo Touré Manchester City Defender £16,000,000 29 Jul 2009
Rene Steer Oldham Athletic Defender Free 24 Jun 2009
Jonas Rasmussen Nordsjaelland Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2009
James Dunne Exeter Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2009
Rui Fonte Sporting CP Forward Free 30 Jun 2009
Vincent van den Berg Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2009
Paul Rodgers Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2009
Total Received £41,000,000
2008-2009

Arrivals
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Arshavin

£14,500,000

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Nasri

£12,000,000

Aaron ramsey 320
Ramsey

£4,800,000

Blank 320
Silvestre

£750,000

Blank 320
Miquel

£500,000

Blank 320
Bischoff

£250,000

Blank 320
Özyakup

£200,000

Francis coquelin 320
Coquelin

Free

Departures
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Hleb

£11,900,000

Blank 320
Hoyte

£3,000,000

Blank 320
Silva

£990,000

Blank 320
Lehmann

Free

Blank 320
Parisio

Free

Mathieu flamini 320
Flamini

Free

Blank 320
Ogogo

Free

Blank 320
Bischoff

Free

2008-2009

-£17.1m
Net balance
£33m
Spent
£15.9m
Received
£14.5m
Biggest fee spent
£11.9m
Biggest fee received
8
Players in
8
Players out
2
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Andrey Arshavin Zenit Forward £14,500,000 03 Feb 2009

Zenit themselves claimed the fee was "around £15m".

Samir Nasri Marseille Midfielder £12,000,000 11 Jul 2008
Aaron Ramsey Cardiff Midfielder £4,800,000 13 Jun 2008

"The deal with Arsenal was £5m – £2.5m up front and £2.5m a year from the date of the transfer," said Bluebirds chairman Peter Ridsdale. "There was a discount clause if Arsenal paid early and when we contacted them to sort it all out they said: 'Why don’t we settle it up now?' "When you include the discount for early payment, Arsenal have already paid £4.8m for Ramsey."

Mikaël Silvestre Manchester United Defender £750,000 20 Aug 2008
Ignasi Miquel Cornellà Defender £500,000 01 Jul 2008
Amaury Bischoff Werder Bremen Midfielder £250,000 30 Jul 2008
Oğuzhan Özyakup AZ Alkmaar Midfielder £200,000 01 Jul 2008
Francis Coquelin Stade Lavallois Midfielder Free 22 Jul 2008
Total Spent £33,000,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Alexander Hleb Barcelona Midfielder £11,900,000 16 Jul 2008

Initial fee was €15 million plus an additional €2 million if Barcelona won the La Liga title in 2008–09 or 2009–10 (which they did in 2008–09, bringing his total fee to €17 million).

Justin Hoyte Middlesbrough Defender £3,000,000 14 Aug 2008
Gilberto Silva Panathinaikos Midfielder £990,000 17 Jul 2008
Jens Lehmann Stuttgart Goalkeeper Free 03 Jun 2008
Carl Parisio Cannes Defender Free 01 Jul 2008
Mathieu Flamini AC Milan Midfielder Free 05 May 2008
Abumere Ogogo Dagenham & Redbridge Defender Free 30 Jun 2009
Amaury Bischoff Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 2009
Total Received £15,890,000
2007-2008

Arrivals
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da Silva

£7,500,000

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Sagna

£6,100,000

Blank 320
Diarra

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Fabiański

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Botelho

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Sunu

£850,000

Blank 320
Nordtveit

£500,000

Blank 320
Freeman

£200,000

Blank 320
Bartley

Free

Blank 320
Rasmussen

Free

Departures
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Thierry henry 320
Henry

£16,100,000

Jose reyes 320
Reyes

£8,100,000

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Diarra

£5,500,000

Blank 320
Muamba

£4,000,000

Fredrik ljungberg 320
Ljungberg

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Aliadière

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Connolly

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Poom

Free

Blank 320
Lokando

Free

Blank 320
Lupoli

Free

Blank 320
Elston

Free

Blank 320
Garry

Free

Blank 320
O'Cearuill

Free

Blank 320
Baptista

Free

2007-2008

£18.6m
Net balance
£20.2m
Spent
£38.7m
Received
£7.5m
Biggest fee spent
£16.1m
Biggest fee received
10
Players in
14
Players out
0
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Eduardo da Silva Dinamo Zagreb Forward £7,500,000 03 Jul 2007

Dinamo president Mirko Barisic claims the fee amounts to £16.25m but BBC Sport understands it is around £7.5m.

Bacary Sagna Auxerre Defender £6,100,000 12 Jul 2007
Lassana Diarra Chelsea Midfielder £2,000,000 31 Aug 2007
Łukasz Fabiański Legia Warszawa Goalkeeper £2,000,000 08 May 2007
Pedro Botelho Figueirense Defender £1,000,000 01 Jul 2007
Gilles Sunu Châteauroux Forward £850,000 02 Jul 2007
Håvard Nordtveit Haugesund Midfielder £500,000 03 Jul 2007

This was a drawn out saga in Norway, with Nordtveit's club asking for 20 million Norwegian kroners (£1.7m at the time), Arsenal not willing to pay that much for an initial fee. The clubs later compromised with a £500k initial fee and £1.5m after 40 first team appearances (something Nordtveit never managed).

Luke Freeman Gillingham Midfielder £200,000 30 Jan 2008
Kyle Bartley Bolton Defender Free 01 Jul 2007
Jonas Rasmussen Hvidovre Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2007
Total Spent £20,150,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Thierry Henry Barcelona Forward £16,100,000 25 Jun 2007
José Reyes Atletico Madrid Forward £8,100,000 30 Jul 2007
Lassana Diarra Portsmouth Midfielder £5,500,000 17 Jan 2008
Fabrice Muamba Birmingham Midfielder £4,000,000 11 May 2007

Birmingham City confirmed the £4m fee on their official website at the time of the transfer.

Fredrik Ljungberg West Ham Midfielder £2,000,000 23 Jul 2007
Jérémie Aliadière Middlesbrough Forward £2,000,000 01 Jul 2007
Matthew Connolly QPR Defender £1,000,000 02 Jan 2008
Mart Poom Watford Goalkeeper Free 26 May 2007
Mbive Lokando Southend United Midfielder Free 07 Aug 2007
Arturo Lupoli Fiorentina Forward Free 01 Jul 2007
Marc Elston Chelmsford Forward Free 01 Jul 2007
Ryan Garry Bournemouth Defender Free 01 Jul 2007
Joe O'Cearuill Barnet Defender Free 10 Aug 2007
Júlio Baptista Real Madrid Forward Loan Return 01 Jul 2007
Total Received £38,700,000
2006-2007

Arrivals
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Tomas rosicky 320
Rosický

£6,800,000

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Denílson

£3,400,000

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Song

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Fonte

£70,000

Blank 320
O'Cearuill

Free

Blank 320
Barazite

Free

Wojciech szczesny 320
Szczesny

Free

Blank 320
van den Berg

Free

Blank 320
Gallas

Free

Blank 320
Baptista

Loan

Departures
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Ashley cole 320
Cole

£5,000,000

Pascal cygan 320
Cygan

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Stokes

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Larsson

£1,000,000

Lauren 320
Lauren

£500,000

Blank 320
Smith

£300,000

Sol campbell 320
Campbell

Free

Blank 320
Svärd

Free

Blank 320
Jordan

Free

Blank 320
Howard

Free

Blank 320
Pirès

Free

Dennis bergkamp 320
Bergkamp

Free

2006-2007

-£470k
Net balance
£11.3m
Spent
£10.8m
Received
£6.8m
Biggest fee spent
£5m
Biggest fee received
10
Players in
12
Players out
2
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Tomás Rosický Dortmund Midfielder £6,800,000 23 May 2006
Denílson São Paulo Midfielder £3,400,000 31 Aug 2006
Alex Song Bastia Midfielder £1,000,000 23 Jun 2006
Rui Fonte Sporting CP Forward £70,000 01 Jul 2006
Joe O'Cearuill Watford Defender Free 01 Jul 2006
Nacer Barazite NEC Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2006
Wojciech Szczesny Legia Warszawa Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 2006
Vincent van den Berg Heerenveen Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2006
William Gallas Chelsea Defender Free 31 Aug 2006

Part of a swap deal for Ashley Cole.

Júlio Baptista Real Madrid Forward Loan 31 Aug 2006
Total Spent £11,270,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Ashley Cole Chelsea Defender £5,000,000 31 Aug 2006

Ashley Cole was found guilty of making contact with league rivals Chelsea in January 2005 over a possible move, without informing Arsenal. He was fined £100,000 by the Premier League on 2 June 2005. Cole, his agent Jonathan Barnett, the Chelsea manager José Mourinho and chief executive Peter Kenyon were present at the meeting. An appeal in August 2005 did not reject the guilty verdict, but his fine was reduced to £75,000. Chelsea were also fined £300,000 and Mourinho was fined £200,000, reduced on appeal in August 2005 to £75,000. Barnett's licence was suspended for 18 months and he was also fined £100,000. The £5m initial fee included the part exchange of William Gallas going to Arsenal.

Pascal Cygan Villarreal Defender £2,000,000 10 Jul 2006
Anthony Stokes Sunderland Forward £2,000,000 10 Jan 2007
Sebastian Larsson Birmingham Midfielder £1,000,000 25 Jan 2007
Lauren Portsmouth Defender £500,000 10 Jan 2007
Ryan Smith Derby Midfielder £300,000 04 Aug 2006
Sol Campbell Portsmouth Defender Free 01 Jul 2006
Sebastian Svärd Mönchengladbach Midfielder Free 21 Jun 2006
Michael Jordan Chesterfield Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 2006
Mark Howard Cardiff Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 2006
Robert Pirès Villarreal Midfielder Free 30 Jul 2006
Dennis Bergkamp Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2006
Total Received £10,800,000
2005-2006

Arrivals
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Adebayor

£7,000,000

Theo walcott 320
Walcott

£7,000,000

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Hleb

£6,650,000

Blank 320
Diaby

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Mannone

£350,000

Blank 320
Traoré

£250,000

Blank 320
Vela

£125,000

Blank 320
Poom

Free

Blank 320
Elston

Free

Blank 320
Mérida

Free

Blank 320
Parisio

Free

Departures
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Patrick vieira 320
Vieira

£13,700,000

Blank 320
Pennant

£3,000,000

Blank 320
Owusu-Abeyie

£1,500,000

Blank 320
Bentley

£1,400,000

Blank 320
Taylor

£250,000

Edu 320
Edu

Free

Blank 320
Simek

Free

Blank 320
Stack

Free

Blank 320
Cregg

Free

Blank 320
Bradley

Free

Blank 320
Skúlason

Free

Blank 320
Wright

Free

Blank 320
Birchall

Free

Blank 320
Højsted

Free

Daniel karbassiyoon 320
Karbassiyoon

Free

2005-2006

-£3.53m
Net balance
£23.4m
Spent
£19.9m
Received
£7m
Biggest fee spent
£13.7m
Biggest fee received
11
Players in
15
Players out
3
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Emmanuel Adebayor Monaco Forward £7,000,000 13 Jan 2006
Theo Walcott Southampton Forward £7,000,000 20 Jan 2006

In Theo Walcott's biography, he details the transfer fee: "In the end, Arsenal agreed to increase their bid to £12 million. That was £7 million immediately and £5 million in add-ons depending on how many games I played for Arsenal, whether I played for England and things like that."

Alexander Hleb VfB Stuttgart Midfielder £6,650,000 27 Jun 2005

€15m deal confirmed by Arsenal in a newstrack announcement in 2005. Details of performance bonuses not disclosed.

Abou Diaby Auxerre Midfielder £2,000,000 13 Jan 2006
Vito Mannone Atalanta Goalkeeper £350,000 04 Jul 2005
Armand Traoré Monaco Defender £250,000 01 Aug 2005
Carlos Vela Guadalajara Forward £125,000 09 Nov 2005

£125,000 fee rising to £550,000 after 50 first-team games.

Mart Poom Sunderland Goalkeeper Free 06 Aug 2005
Marc Elston MK Dons Forward Free 01 Jul 2005
Fran Mérida Barcelona Midfielder Free 30 Sep 2005
Carl Parisio Cannes Defender Free 01 Feb 2006
Total Spent £23,375,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Patrick Vieira Juventus Midfielder £13,700,000 14 Jul 2005
Jermaine Pennant Birmingham Midfielder £3,000,000 25 Apr 2005
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie Spartak Moscow Midfielder £1,500,000 31 Jan 2006
David Bentley Blackburn Midfielder £1,400,000 01 Jan 2006
Stuart Taylor Aston Villa Goalkeeper £250,000 01 Jul 2005
Edu Valencia Midfielder Free 30 Jun 2005
Frank Simek Sheffield Wednesday Defender Free 01 Jul 2005
Graham Stack Reading Goalkeeper Free 30 Dec 2005
Patrick Cregg Falkirk Midfielder Free 10 Jan 2006
Stephen Bradley Drogheda United Midfielder Free 19 Mar 2005
Ólafur Skúlason Brentford Midfielder Free 22 Jun 2005
Chris Wright Boston Utd Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 2005
Adam Birchall Mansfield Town Forward Free 30 Jun 2005
Ingi Højsted Released Midfielder Released 01 Jul 2005
Daniel Karbassiyoon Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2005
Total Received £19,850,000
2004-2005

Arrivals
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van Persie

£2,750,000

Blank 320
Almunia

£2,500,000

Blank 320
Eboué

£1,500,000

Mathieu flamini 320
Flamini

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Lupoli

£200,000

Blank 320
Bendtner

£200,000

Departures
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Jeffers

£2,600,000

Blank 320
van Bronckhorst

£1,300,000

Blank 320
Nicolau

Free

Blank 320
Parlour

Free

Blank 320
Tavlaridis

Free

Blank 320
Stepanovs

Free

Blank 320
Jaimez

Free

Blank 320
Bailey

Free

Blank 320
Fowler

Free

Blank 320
Spicer

Free

Nwankwo kanu 320
Kanu

Free

Sylvain wiltord 320
Wiltord

Free

Blank 320
Keown

Free

Blank 320
Chilvers

Free

2004-2005

-£4.25m
Net balance
£8.15m
Spent
£3.9m
Received
£2.75m
Biggest fee spent
£2.6m
Biggest fee received
6
Players in
14
Players out
4
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Robin van Persie Feyenoord Forward £2,750,000 17 May 2004
Manuel Almunia Celta Vigo Goalkeeper £2,500,000 14 Jul 2004
Emmanuel Eboué Beveren Defender £1,500,000 07 Jan 2005
Mathieu Flamini Marseille Midfielder £1,000,000 22 Jul 2004
Arturo Lupoli Parma Forward £200,000 01 Aug 2004
Nicklas Bendtner Kjøbenhavns Boldklub Forward £200,000 01 Jul 2004
Total Spent £8,150,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Francis Jeffers Charlton Forward £2,600,000 10 Aug 2004
Giovanni van Bronckhorst Barcelona Defender £1,300,000 25 May 2004
Nicky Nicolau Southend United Midfielder Free 15 May 2004
Ray Parlour Middlesbrough Midfielder Free 23 Jul 2004
Stathis Tavlaridis Lille Defender Free 29 Apr 2004
Igors Stepanovs Grasshopper Defender Free 01 Jul 2004
Juan Jaimez Fluminense Defender Free 01 Jul 2004
Alex Bailey Chesterfield Defender Free 01 Jul 2004
Jordan Fowler Chesterfield Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2004
John Spicer Bournemouth Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2004
Nwankwo Kanu WBA Forward Free 30 Jun 2004
Sylvain Wiltord Lyon Forward Free 01 Jul 2004
Martin Keown Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2004
Liam Chilvers Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2004
Total Received £3,900,000
2003-2004 - The Invincibles

Arrivals
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Jose reyes 320
Reyes

£10,500,000

Cesc fabregas 320
Fàbregas

£2,800,000

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Lehmann

£2,000,000

Gael clichy 320
Clichy

£250,000

Daniel karbassiyoon 320
Karbassiyoon

Free

Johan djourou 320
Djourou

Free

Departures
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Volz

£500,000

Blank 320
Luzhny

Free

Blank 320
Chorley

Free

Blank 320
Noble

Free

Blank 320
Warmuz

Free

Blank 320
Holloway

Free

Blank 320
Shaaban

Free

Blank 320
Barrett

Free

Blank 320
Thomas

Free

Blank 320
Seaman

Free

2003-2004 - The Invincibles

-£15.1m
Net balance
£15.6m
Spent
£500k
Received
£10.5m
Biggest fee spent
£500k
Biggest fee received
6
Players in
10
Players out
3
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
José Reyes Sevilla Forward £10,500,000 28 Jan 2004
Cesc Fàbregas Barcelona Midfielder £2,800,000 11 Sep 2003
Jens Lehmann Dortmund Goalkeeper £2,000,000 25 Jul 2003
Gaël Clichy Cannes Defender £250,000 04 Aug 2003
Daniel Karbassiyoon Roanoke Star Defender Free 07 Jul 2003
Johan Djourou Étoile Carouge Defender Free 01 Aug 2003
Total Spent £15,550,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Moritz Volz Fulham Defender £500,000 10 Jan 2004
Oleg Luzhny Wolves Defender Free 22 Jul 2003
Ben Chorley Wimbledon Defender Free 01 Jul 2003
David Noble West Ham Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2003
Guillaume Warmuz Dortmund Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 2003
Craig Holloway Crawley Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 2003
Rami Shaaban Brighton & Hove Albion Goalkeeper Free 06 Feb 2004
Graham Barrett Released Forward Released 10 May 2003
Jerome Thomas Released Forward Released 30 Jun 2004
David Seaman Released Goalkeeper Released 30 Jun 2003
Total Received £500,000
2002-2003

Arrivals
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Silva

£4,500,000

Pascal cygan 320
Cygan

£2,100,000

Philippe senderos 320
Senderos

£1,200,000

Blank 320
Shaaban

£700,000

Blank 320
Warmuz

Free

Blank 320
Owusu-Abeyie

Free

Departures
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Wright

£3,500,000

Blank 320
Upson

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Manninger

£960,000

Blank 320
Sidwell

£250,000

Blank 320
Ricketts

Free

Blank 320
Kuffour

Free

Blank 320
Halls

Free

Blank 320
Mendez

Free

Blank 320
Itonga

Free

Blank 320
Grondin

Free

Blank 320
Inamoto

Free

Blank 320
Grimandi

Free

Blank 320
Dixon

Free

Blank 320
Adams

Free

2002-2003

-£2.79m
Net balance
£8.5m
Spent
£5.71m
Received
£4.5m
Biggest fee spent
£3.5m
Biggest fee received
6
Players in
14
Players out
4
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Gilberto Silva Atletico Mineiro Midfielder £4,500,000 28 Jul 2002
Pascal Cygan Lille Defender £2,100,000 11 Jul 2002
Philippe Senderos Servette Defender £1,200,000 15 Jan 2003
Rami Shaaban Djurgården Goalkeeper £700,000 30 Aug 2002
Guillaume Warmuz Free Agent Goalkeeper Free 01 Jan 2003
Quincy Owusu-Abeyie Ajax Midfielder Free 01 Sep 2002

Handed his first professional contract on his 18th birthday – a move which led to Arsenal being fined £10,000 and given a suspended two-year transfer ban for inadvertently dealing with an unlicensed agent.

Total Spent £8,500,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Richard Wright Everton Goalkeeper £3,500,000 24 Jul 2002

According to the BBC, Richard Wright joined Everton for an initial fee of £3.5m, rising to £4.5m depending on appearances.

Matthew Upson Birmingham Defender £1,000,000 08 Jan 2003
Alex Manninger Espanyol Goalkeeper £960,000 01 Jul 2002
Steve Sidwell Reading Midfielder £250,000 08 Jan 2003
Rohan Ricketts Tottenham Midfielder Free 30 Jun 2002
Jo Kuffour Torquay Forward Free 01 Jul 2002
John Halls Stoke Midfielder Free 20 Dec 2003
Alberto Mendez Racing Ferrol Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2002
Carlin Itonga Enfield Forward Free 01 Jan 2003
David Grondin Dunfermline Defender Free 01 Jan 2003
Junichi Inamoto Released Midfielder Released 20 Jun 2002
Gilles Grimandi Released Defender Released 01 Jul 2002
Lee Dixon Released Defender Released 30 Jun 2002
Tony Adams Released Defender Released 10 Aug 2002
Total Received £5,710,000
2001-2002

Arrivals
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van Bronckhorst

£8,500,000

Blank 320
Jeffers

£8,000,000

Blank 320
Wright

£6,000,000

Blank 320
Inamoto

£3,500,000

Blank 320
Tavlaridis

£600,000

Kolo toure 320
Touré

£150,000

Blank 320
Skúlason

Free

Blank 320
Jaimez

Free

Blank 320
Larsson

Free

Sol campbell 320
Campbell

Free

Departures
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Sylvinho

£3,500,000

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Malz

£500,000

Blank 320
Demel

£200,000

Blank 320
Canoville

Free

Blank 320
Lincoln

Free

Blank 320
Norbert

Free

Blank 320
Vivas

Free

Blank 320
Lukić

Free

2001-2002

-£22.6m
Net balance
£26.8m
Spent
£4.2m
Received
£8.5m
Biggest fee spent
£3.5m
Biggest fee received
10
Players in
8
Players out
2
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Giovanni van Bronckhorst Rangers Defender £8,500,000 20 Jun 2001
Francis Jeffers Everton Forward £8,000,000 14 Jun 2001
Richard Wright Ipswich Goalkeeper £6,000,000 05 Jul 2001
Junichi Inamoto Gamba Osaka Midfielder £3,500,000 20 Jul 2001
Stathis Tavlaridis Iraklis Defender £600,000 19 Sep 2001
Kolo Touré ASEC Mimosas Defender £150,000 14 Feb 2002
Ólafur Skúlason Fylkir Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2001
Juan Jaimez São Paulo Defender Free 01 Jul 2001
Sebastian Larsson IFK Eskilstuna Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2001
Sol Campbell Tottenham Defender Free 03 Jul 2001
Total Spent £26,750,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Sylvinho Celta Vigo Defender £3,500,000 31 Aug 2001

At the time of transfer, Celta Vigo explained the deal as £3.5m initial fee + £1.5m add-ons.

Stefan Malz Kaiserslautern Midfielder £500,000 15 Jun 2001
Guy Demel Dortmund Defender £200,000 01 Jul 2001
Lee Canoville Torquay Defender Free 14 Sep 2001
Greg Lincoln Torquay Midfielder Free 10 Aug 2001
Guillaume Norbert Lorient Midfielder Free 01 Jul 2001
Nelson Vivas Internazionale Defender Free 30 Jun 2001
John Lukić Released Goalkeeper Released 01 Jul 2001
Total Received £4,200,000
2000-2001

Arrivals
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Sylvain wiltord 320
Wiltord

£13,000,000

Lauren 320
Lauren

£7,200,000

Edu 320
Edu

£6,000,000

Blank 320
Pirès

£6,000,000

Blank 320
Danilevičius

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Stepanovs

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Svärd

Free

Blank 320
Demel

Free

Departures
= summer window = winter window

Blank 320
Overmars

£25,000,000

Blank 320
Petit

£7,000,000

Blank 320
Hughes

£3,000,000

Blank 320
Harper

£700,000

Blank 320
Black

£500,000

Blank 320
Gray

£500,000

Blank 320
Vernazza

£350,000

Blank 320
Weston

£300,000

Blank 320
Winterburn

£250,000

Blank 320
McGovern

£50,000

Blank 320
Šuker

Free

Blank 320
Danilevičius

Free

Blank 320
Bernard

Free

Blank 320
Wreh

Free

Blank 320
Galli

Free

2000-2001

£3.45m
Net balance
£34.2m
Spent
£37.7m
Received
£13m
Biggest fee spent
£25m
Biggest fee received
8
Players in
15
Players out
1
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Sylvain Wiltord Bordeaux Forward £13,000,000 26 Aug 2000
Lauren Mallorca Defender £7,200,000 30 May 2000
Edu Corinthians Midfielder £6,000,000 16 Jan 2001

After initially planning to join Arsenal in 2000, his transfer was put on hold after it was realized that he was in possession of a fake Portuguese passport. Months later, after qualifying for an European Union (EU) passport (aided by Italian lineage on his father's side), he signed for Arsenal.

Robert Pirès Marseille Midfielder £6,000,000 03 Jul 2000
Tomas Danilevičius Lausanne Forward £1,000,000 01 Jul 2000
Igors Stepanovs Skonto Riga Defender £1,000,000 04 Sep 2000
Sebastian Svärd KB Midfielder Free 12 Nov 2000
Guy Demel Nimes Defender Free 01 Jul 2000
Total Spent £34,200,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Marc Overmars Barcelona Midfielder £25,000,000 28 Jul 2000

Marc Overmars was sold as a package with Emmanuel Petit to Barcelona, for a combined total of £32m, of which £25m represented Overmars' part of the deal.

Emmanuel Petit Barcelona Midfielder £7,000,000 28 Jul 2000

Emmanuel Petit was sold as a package with Marc Overmars to Barcelona, for a combined total of £32m, of which £7m represented Petit's part of the deal.

Stephen Hughes Everton Midfielder £3,000,000 07 Mar 2000
James Harper Reading Midfielder £700,000 25 Feb 2001
Thomas Black Crystal Palace Midfielder £500,000 01 Jul 2000
Julian Gray Crystal Palace Midfielder £500,000 01 Jul 2000
Paolo Vernazza Watford Midfielder £350,000 15 Dec 2000
Rhys Weston Cardiff Defender £300,000 14 Jan 2001
Nigel Winterburn West Ham Defender £250,000 22 Jun 2000
Brian McGovern Norwich Defender £50,000 01 Jul 2000
Davor Šuker West Ham Forward Free 28 Jun 2000
Tomas Danilevičius Dunfermline Forward Free 12 Jan 2001
Narada Bernard Bournemouth Defender Free 01 Jul 2000
Christopher Wreh Al-Hilal Forward Free 01 Jul 2000
Niccolò Galli Released Defender Released 10 Feb 2001
Total Received £37,650,000
1999-2000

Arrivals
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Thierry henry 320
Henry

£10,500,000

Blank 320
Sylvinho

£4,000,000

Blank 320
Pennant

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Luzhny

£1,800,000

Blank 320
Malz

£650,000

Blank 320
Šuker

Free

Blank 320
Bernard

Free

Blank 320
Galli

Free

Blank 320
Volz

Free

Blank 320
Aliadière

Free

Departures
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Blank 320
Anelka

£23,000,000

Blank 320
Diawara

£3,000,000

Blank 320
Crowe

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Bould

£500,000

Blank 320
Boa Morte

£500,000

Blank 320
Livermore

£30,000

Blank 320
Day

£20,000

Blank 320
Rıza

Free

Blank 320
Black

Free

Blank 320
Garde

Free

1999-2000

£9.1m
Net balance
£19m
Spent
£28.1m
Received
£10.5m
Biggest fee spent
£23m
Biggest fee received
10
Players in
10
Players out
1
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Thierry Henry Juventus Forward £10,500,000 03 Aug 1999
Sylvinho Corinthians Defender £4,000,000 30 Jun 1999

Stammers, Steve (30 June 1999). "'Delighted' Wenger signs £4m Silvinho". Evening Standard (London). p. 89.

Jermaine Pennant Notts County Midfielder £2,000,000 01 Jul 1999
Oleg Luzhny Dynamo Kyiv Defender £1,800,000 28 May 1999
Stefan Malz 1860 München Midfielder £650,000 24 Jun 1999
Davor Šuker Real Madrid Forward Free 02 Aug 1999
Narada Bernard Tottenham Defender Free 07 Aug 1999
Niccolò Galli Fiorentina Defender Free 01 Jul 1999
Moritz Volz Schalke 04 Defender Free 01 Jun 1999
Jérémie Aliadière Clairefontaine Forward Free 10 Apr 1999
Total Spent £18,950,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Nicolas Anelka Real Madrid Forward £23,000,000 04 Aug 1999

The BBC claimed throughout August in numerous articles that Real Madrid paid £23.5m for Nicolas Anelka, but Anelka himself was quoted saying his transfer fee was $37.5m, which on August 4th 1999 converted to £23,093,810. This almost lines up with the reported €34m, which on August 4th 1999 converted into £22,531,800.

Kaba Diawara Marseille Forward £3,000,000 01 Jun 1999
Jason Crowe Portsmouth Defender £1,000,000 01 Jul 1999
Steve Bould Sunderland Defender £500,000 01 Jul 1999
Luís Boa Morte Southampton Midfielder £500,000 26 Aug 1999
David Livermore Millwall Midfielder £30,000 01 Jul 1999
Jamie Day Bournemouth Midfielder £20,000 01 Jul 1999
Ömer Rıza West Ham Forward Free 01 Jul 1999
Michael Black Tranmere Rovers Midfielder Free 01 Jul 1999
Rémi Garde Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 1999
Total Received £28,050,000
1998-1999

Arrivals
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Nwankwo kanu 320
Kanu

£4,500,000

Fredrik ljungberg 320
Ljungberg

£3,000,000

Blank 320
Diawara

£2,500,000

Blank 320
Vivas

£1,600,000

Blank 320
Grondin

£500,000

Departures
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Blank 320
Rankin

£1,300,000

Blank 320
Wright

£750,000

Blank 320
Gíslason

Free

Blank 320
Marshall

Free

Blank 320
Kiwomya

Free

Blank 320
McGowan

Free

Blank 320
Bartram

Free

Blank 320
Platt

Free

1998-1999

-£10.1m
Net balance
£12.1m
Spent
£2.05m
Received
£4.5m
Biggest fee spent
£1.3m
Biggest fee received
5
Players in
8
Players out
1
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Nwankwo Kanu Internazionale Forward £4,500,000 15 Jan 1999
Fredrik Ljungberg Halmstad Midfielder £3,000,000 12 Sep 1998

£3m (40m SEK) confirmed by Halmstad's website at the time of transfer.

Kaba Diawara Bordeaux Forward £2,500,000 29 Jan 1999
Nelson Vivas AC Lugano Defender £1,600,000 05 Aug 1998
David Grondin Saint-Étienne Defender £500,000 19 Jun 1998
Total Spent £12,100,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Isaiah Rankin Bradford Forward £1,300,000 01 Jul 1998
Ian Wright West Ham Forward £750,000 13 Jul 1998
Valur Gíslason Strømsgodset Defender Free 01 Jan 1999
Scott Marshall Southampton Defender Free 01 Jul 1998
Chris Kiwomya QPR Forward Free 01 Aug 1998
Gavin McGowan Luton Defender Free 01 Jul 1998
Vincent Bartram Gillingham Goalkeeper Free 01 Jul 1998
David Platt Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 1998
Total Received £2,050,000
1997-1998

Arrivals
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Blank 320
Overmars

£7,000,000

Blank 320
Petit

£2,500,000

Blank 320
Grimandi

£2,500,000

Blank 320
Upson

£2,000,000

Blank 320
Boa Morte

£1,750,000

Blank 320
Wreh

£300,000

Blank 320
McGovern

Free

Blank 320
Vernazza

Free

Blank 320
Manninger

Free

Blank 320
Mendez

Free

Blank 320
Norbert

Free

Blank 320
Muntasser

Free

Blank 320
Canoville

Free

Departures
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Blank 320
Merson

£5,000,000

Blank 320
Morrow

£600,000

Blank 320
Rose

£500,000

Blank 320
Selley

£500,000

Blank 320
Helder

£150,000

Blank 320
Shaw

£150,000

Blank 320
Harper

£125,000

Blank 320
Read

£35,000

Blank 320
Muntasser

Free

Blank 320
Clarke

Free

1997-1998

-£8.99m
Net balance
£16.1m
Spent
£7.06m
Received
£7m
Biggest fee spent
£5m
Biggest fee received
13
Players in
10
Players out
1
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Marc Overmars Ajax Midfielder £7,000,000 01 Jul 1997
Emmanuel Petit Monaco Midfielder £2,500,000 01 Jul 1997

Haylett, Trevor (8 August 1997). "All the Premier League's men". The Guardian (London). p. 56.

Gilles Grimandi Monaco Defender £2,500,000 04 Jun 1997
Matthew Upson Luton Defender £2,000,000 10 May 1997
Luís Boa Morte Sporting CP Midfielder £1,750,000 14 Jun 1997
Christopher Wreh Monaco Forward £300,000 07 Aug 1997
Brian McGovern Cherry Orchard Defender Free 01 Jul 1997
Paolo Vernazza Free Agent Midfielder Free 01 Jul 1997
Alex Manninger Grazer AK Goalkeeper Free 03 Jul 1997
Alberto Mendez SC Feucht Midfielder Free 17 Jun 1997
Guillaume Norbert Paris St Germain Midfielder Free 01 Jul 1997
Jehad Muntasser Pro Sesto Midfielder Free 01 Jul 1997
Lee Canoville Millwall Defender Free 01 Jul 1997
Total Spent £16,050,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Paul Merson Middlesbrough Forward £5,000,000 07 Jul 1997
Steve Morrow QPR Midfielder £600,000 01 Jul 1997
Matthew Rose QPR Defender £500,000 01 Jul 1997
Ian Selley Fulham Midfielder £500,000 01 Jul 1997
Glenn Helder NAC Breda Midfielder £150,000 24 Oct 1997

Thorpe, Martin (7 February 1998). "Playboy and the Professor, Part III – Capital reckoning: Arsenal and Chelsea clash twice in 10 days". The Guardian (London). p. 40.

Paul Shaw Millwall Midfielder £150,000 15 Sep 1997
Lee Harper QPR Goalkeeper £125,000 30 Jun 1997
Paul Read Wycombe Forward £35,000 01 Jul 1997
Jehad Muntasser Bristol City Midfielder Free 10 Jan 1998
Adrian Clarke Southend United Midfielder Free 30 Jun 1997
Total Received £7,060,000
1996-1997 - Wenger Arrives

Arrivals
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Patrick vieira 320
Vieira

£3,500,000

Blank 320
Anelka

£500,000

Blank 320
Lukić

Free

Blank 320
Garde

Free

Blank 320
Gíslason

Free

Departures
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Blank 320
McGoldrick

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Dickov

£1,000,000

Blank 320
Linighan

£110,000

Blank 320
O'Brien

Free

Blank 320
Hartson

Free

Blank 320
Smith

Free

Blank 320
Hillier

Free

Blank 320
Jensen

Free

Blank 320
Flatts

Free

1996-1997 - Wenger Arrives

-£1.89m
Net balance
£4m
Spent
£2.11m
Received
£3.5m
Biggest fee spent
£1m
Biggest fee received
5
Players in
9
Players out
1
Players released
Arrival Previous Club Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Patrick Vieira AC Milan Midfielder £3,500,000 14 Aug 1996
Nicolas Anelka Paris St Germain Forward £500,000 22 Feb 1997
John Lukić Leeds Goalkeeper Free 26 Jul 1996
Rémi Garde Strasbourg Midfielder Free 14 Aug 1996
Valur Gíslason Fram Defender Free 16 Jul 1996
Total Spent £4,000,000
Departure Destination Position Initial Fee Transfer Date Source/Notes
Edward McGoldrick Manchester City Midfielder £1,000,000 31 Oct 1996

"Ball invests £1m in Dickov". The Guardian (London). 24 August 1996. p. 20.

Paul Dickov Manchester City Forward £1,000,000 23 Aug 1996

"Ball invests £1m in Dickov". The Guardian (London). 24 August 1996. p. 20.

Andy Linighan Crystal Palace Defender £110,000 20 Jan 1997
Roy O'Brien Wigan Defender Free 01 Jul 1996
John Hartson West Ham Forward Free 14 Feb 1997
Ben Smith Reading Midfielder Free 30 Jun 1996
David Hillier Portsmouth Midfielder Free 01 Nov 1996
John Jensen Brøndby Midfielder Free 01 Jul 1996
Mark Flatts Released Midfielder Released 30 Jun 1996
Total Received £2,110,000