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A Reminder For Lacazette: The Performance Of Other Arsenal Strikers Who Were Record Signings

The biggest news of this transfer window has undoubtedly been that of Alexandre Lacazette mega-money move from Lyon to Arsenal. While we welcome the predatory Frenchman to the Emirates, we take a look at the performance of other attackers who have joined the Gunners for a record fee.

Aside a faltering defence line, one major deficiency for Arsene Wenger’s troop has been an out-and-out striker who can rain goals with relative ease. Thierry Henry for years, long after he had cut ties with the London outfit is still regarded as Wenger’s best recruit in the goal poacher's department.

So it’s no surprise that Mr Wenger would once again, after what seemed like an eternity, sanction the signing of a proven goalscorer for a fee that breaches the £50 million mark. The sexagenarian must’ve taken those WENGER OUT banners harder than we thought.

With Lacazette becoming Arsenal’s most expensive player in history, we take a look at the performance of Wenger’s top four most expensive strikers.

4. Thierry Henry - £11m

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Alexandre Lacazette would tell you Henry’s the reason why he wanted to feature for Arsenal in the first place; Gunners fans would tell you he’s their record scorer and Arsene Wenger will tell you he’s never trained a better striker. Thierry Henry was and is the best Arsenal striker of all time – the stats agree.

In 1999 when Henry joined the 13-time FA Cup champions, he, just like Lacazette, became Arsenal’s record signing, but unlike his French companion, cost the North London club only £11 million.

Henry went on to become Arsenal’s record goalscorer overall (228 goals), record Premier League goalscorer (175 goals), record European scorer (42 goals) and record Champions League scorer (35 goals). Can Lacazette match that? Arsenal fans can only hope.

3. Sylvain Wiltord - £13m

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A seasoned international with France, Sylvain Wiltord arrived Highbury in 2000 as an established attacker from Bordeaux for a then club record fee of £13 million.

The Frenchman started his Arsenal career brilliantly, scoring goals recklessly and even scoring the title-deciding goal that gave the Gunners the 2001-02 Premier League title against Manchester United.

Wiltord’s workaholic persona made him the toast of Arsenal fans and his 49 career goals for Arsenal is still a pretty decent return for a player who played predominantly as a supporting striker, mostly coming from the bench. Lacazette should do better.

2. Andrey Arshavin - £15m

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The Russian attacker came in from Zenit Saint Petersburg as Arsenal’s record signing at the time; to say big things were expected from Arshavin would be an understatement.

The then 27-year-old had led his boyhood club, Zenit, to their first league title in 24 years and also their first ever European title; he had also been pivotal for Russia reaching the Euro 2008 semifinal, he's heroics saw him nominated for the Ballon d'Or that year – it looked like Arshavin could puncture the stratosphere.

Disappointingly, Arshavin had arrived at an Arsenal that didn’t suit his style of play; he was constantly played out of position on the right wing as opposed to his preferred role behind the striker. By 2012, the Arsenal record signing was getting boos by the Arsenal faithful while making rare substitute appearances – a failed experiment by Wenger.

No one would forget that 4-4 draw against Liverpool at Anfield where Arshavin’s electric performance would see him grab four goals on the night for Wenger’s men.

1. Alexis Sánchez - £36.13m

The Chilean attacker became the most expensive Arsenal forward when he decided to leave European giants, Barcelona for Arsenal. Signing the 2015 and 2016 Copa America winner was heralded as the sort of recruitment that could win Arsenal another elusive Premier League title in 11 years.

Sanchez’s physical and explosive style of play was well suited for the Premier League and he’s proved on numerous occasions why he is money well spent by the club. The Arsenal number 7 has scored 72 goals in 145 games for the 13-time league winners. Last season alone, he hit his first 30-goal mark in a single season.

Next, Alexandre Lacazette! What do we write about him? Let’s give him a year.

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