As Arsene Wenger Leaves Arsenal, Check Out The French Boss’ Best – And Worst – Signings As Gunners Chief

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ARSENE WENGER has announced he will leave Arsenal at the end of the season after almost 22 years in charge.

The Frenchman, 68, was one of the first Premier League bosses to truly tap into the global transfer market, having taken charge of the Gunners in 1996.

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But while he signed some absolute gems, there were a fair few duds thrown in for good measure.

We take a look at Wenger‘s best – and worst – signings while in charge of Arsenal, as he prepares to leave this summer.

Check out the full lists below…

BEST SIGNINGS

PATRICK VIEIRA

Getty Patrick Vieira was captain of Arsenal’s 2003-04 Invincibles

AC Milan, August 1996, £3.5million

APPEARANCES – 406, GOALS – 33

Vieira technically joined the club in the closing days of Bruce Rioch’s time in charge and before Wenger took the reins at Highbury.

But the powerhouse midfielder admitted it was Wenger’s impending arrival which prompted him to join a club he would go on to captain.

Vieira was most notably the leader of Arsenal’s Invincibles of 2003-04.

His tough-tackling, full-blooded approach won many admirers and earned more than the odd red card before he left for Juventus in 2005.

THIERRY HENRY

Reuters French star Thierry Henry is an Arsenal legend and deservedly so

Juventus, August 1999, £11m

APPEARANCES – 377, GOALS – 228

Unquestionably Wenger’s finest moment in the transfer market, the France forward is Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer having notched 228 goals across two spells with the club.

After an unimpressive stint at Juventus, Henry linked up once again with compatriot Wenger having worked with him at Monaco.

After being converted into an out-and-out striker, Henry never looked back.

Henry was the Premier League’s top goalscorer in four different seasons, winning seven honours with the Gunners.

He returned for a short spell on loan in 2012 and marked his final Premier League appearance for the club with a last-minute winner at Sunderland.

SOL CAMPBELL

Getty A controversial signing, Sol Campbell was one of Arsene Wenger’s best

Tottenham, July 2001 – free

APPEARANCES – 211, GOALS – 12

The signing of Campbell on a free transfer from Tottenham remains one of the most controversial moves in the history of the Premier League.

The England international surprised the footballing fraternity with the switch.

But his decision, and that of Wenger to poach a player from Arsenal’s fierce local rivals, would be vindicated as he was a pivotal part of the Invincibles’ unbeaten defence.

The centre-back may have only scored 12 goals but one came in the Champions League final of 2006 – putting Arsenal ahead before their ten men lost to Barcelona.

Like Henry, Campbell would return for a shorter second stint in 2010 after an ill-fated stay at Notts County.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Nicolas Anelka, Cesc Fabregas, Freddie Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Alexis Sanchez

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