Arsenal transfer spend tops £100m and smashes previous record after Gabriel Paulista signing

 
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Gabriel Paulista is Arsenal's seventh signing of the season. (Source: Getty)

Gabriel Paulista may not be the most significant signing Arsenal will ever make, but the Brazilian centre-back’s arrival in North London has created a little bit of history for his new club.

After spending roughly £13m on the 24 year-old, Arsenal’s spending for the season has crossed the £100m mark. Never before have the Gunners spent so much in a single campaign.

To be specific, Arsenal have spent £105.2m on just seven players, demolishing their previous record of £57.62m set in the 2011/2012 season.

It doesn’t feel like long ago that Arsenal’s transfer windows were better defined by richer rivals plucking its stars away and chants to “spend some money” sweeping around the Emirates stadium.

With just four days remaining in the January transfer window, Arsenal are the second-biggest spenders behind Manchester City. Having also bought Krystian Bielik for £2.9m their total outlay for the month stands at £15.7m. That also makes it their second-biggest January spend since the window first came into existence 12 seasons ago. In January 2006 Arsenal spent £23.3m on Theo Walcott, Emmanuel Adebayor, Carlos Vela and Abou Diaby.

What will be even more encouraging to Arsenal fans is that none of the big spending has been offset by many big sales. The club's current net spend for the season stands at £88.7m, once again obliterating the previous record of £34.9m

Why are Arsenal suddenly spending more money? The simple answer is that they have lots more of it.

The Premier League’s latest TV deal, which came into effect last season, saw the club’s broadcast income rise by £36m to £93m per season. The club’s new manufacturing deal with Puma is worth £150m, as is its current deal with sponsor Emirates.

Arsene Wenger put it best when he explained last month:

Those periods we did not spend we did not have the money. What I don't like is to spend money we haven't got.

What I fought against is to spend money that would put the future of the club in danger. Now I have money, no problem at all.

For Arsenal fans who have long been infuriated by the club’s perceived lack of transfer activity, this season’s splurge will represent a welcome change in approach.

And yet, many of the old frustrations remain: Arsenal are fifth and have suffered disappointing losses in the league that have set back their season. Dissent is still present in the stands and has manifested itself in unsavoury fashion.

With a 2-0 victory over Manchester City last week, Arsenal seemed to have turned a corner in their approach to games against the top sides. However, the standout performers in that game - Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla - have been at the club for a number of seasons.

Back in 2011 when he was questioned about his cautious approach in the transfer market, Wenger replied: “I don’t say that money doesn’t play a part in it, but it’s not only about that. What is the game about then? Football has to be even, interesting, unpredictable.”

Perhaps he had a point after all.

For a look at how Arsenal’s January spend compares to the rest of the league, explore our interactive below.

January Transfer Window
All the deals so far
Now 12 years old, the January transfer window has evolved into one of the most important months in the football calendar, and the source of frenzied excitement for fans.

Explore our interactive to find out who's spending big during the window and who's using the month to make some money.
Total Spent By Each Club
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Total amount spent by all premier league clubs:
£74,420,000
Total Sold By Each Club
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Total amount made by all premier league clubs:
£51,330,000
Top Deals in the Window So Far
Below is a list of the most expensive signings thus far in the january transfer window
1.
Wilfried Bony
£31,810,000
2.
Gabriel Paulista
£13,200,000
3.
Andrej Kramaric
£7,920,000
4.
Kyle Naughton
£5,810,000
5.
Callum McManaman
£5,590,000
6.
Carles Gil
£3,700,000
7.
Krystian Bielik
£2,740,000
8.
Michael Keane
£2,250,000
9.
Doneil Henry
£1,670,000
10.
Victor Valdés
£0
11.
Mark Schwarzer
£0
12.
Jermain Defoe
£0
Arsenal
Players in
  • Gabriel Paulista (Villarreal CF)
    £17,600,000
  • Krystian Bielik (Legia Warszawa)
    £2,740,000
Players out
  • Benik Afobe (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
    £0
  • Joel Campbell (Villarreal CF)
    Loan
  • Yaya Sanogo (Crystal Palace)
    Loan
  • Matt Macey (Accrington Stanley)
    Loan
  • Lukas Podolski (Inter Milan)
    Loan (fee: £528,000)
Aston Villa
Players in
  • Carles Gil (Valencia CF)
    £3,700,000
Players out
  • Daniel Johnson (Preston North End)
    £0
  • Gary Gardner (Nottingham Forest)
    Loan
  • Jordan Graham (Wolves)
    £0
Burnley
Players in
  • Michael Keane (Manchester United)
    £2,250,000
Players out
  • n/a
Chelsea
Players in
  • n/a
Players out
  • Marko Marin (RSC Anderlecht)
    Loan
  • Ulises Dávila (Vitória Setúbal FC)
    Loan
  • Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading FC)
    Loan
  • Tomás Kalas (Middlesbrough FC)
    Loan
  • Todd Kane (Nottingham Forest)
    Loan
  • Lewis Baker (Sheffield Wednesday)
    Loan
  • Fernando Torres (AC Milan)
    £2,640,000
  • Mark Schwarzer (Leicester City)
    £0
  • Alex Kiwomya (Barnsley )
    Loan
Crystal Palace
Players in
  • Yaya Sanogo (Arsenal FC)
    Loan
Players out
  • Stuart O'Keefe (Cardiff City)
    £942,000
  • Andy Johnson (Released)
    £0
  • Alex Wynter (Colchester United)
    £0
  • Jake Gray (Cheltenham Town)
    Loan
  • Jimmy Kébé (Unattached)
    Released
Everton
Players in
  • n/a
Players out
  • Samuel Eto'o (UC Sampdoria)
    £0
  • Christopher Long (Brentford FC)
    Loan
  • John Lundstram (Leyton Orient)
    Loan
  • Ben McLaughlin (Telford United)
    Loan
  • Hallam Hope (Bury)
    £0
Hull City
Players in
  • n/a
Players out
  • Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Alloa Athletic FC)
    Loan
Leicester City
Players in
  • Andrej Kramaric (HNK Rijeka)
    £7,920,000
  • Mark Schwarzer (Chelsea)
    £0
Players out
  • Adam Dawson (Bristol Rovers)
    Loan
  • Adam Smith (Mansfield Town)
    Loan
  • Jack Barmby (Rotherham United)
    Loan
  • Tom Hopper (Scunthorpe United)
    Loan
  • Callum Elder (Mansfield Town)
    Loan
Liverpool
Players in
  • n/a
Players out
  • Oussama Assaidi (Al-Ahli Club)
    £0
  • Jack Dunn (Cheltenham Town)
    Loan
  • Kevin Stewart (Cheltenham Town)
    Loan
  • Lloyd Jones (Cheltenham Town)
    Loan
Manchester City
Players in
  • Wilfried Bony (Swansea City)
    £31,810,000
Players out
  • Devante Cole (Milton Keynes Dons)
    Loan
  • Matija Nastasic (FC Schalke 04)
    Loan
Manchester United
Players in
  • Victor Valdés (Unattached)
    £0
Players out
  • Michael Keane (Burnley)
    £2,250,000
  • Joe Rothwell (Blackpool FC)
    Loan
  • Will Keane (Sheffield Wednesday)
    Loan
  • Sam Johnstone (Preston North End)
    Loan
  • Ben Pearson (Barnsley)
    Loan
Newcastle United
Players in
  • n/a
Players out
  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (AS Roma)
    £6,470,000
  • Hatem Ben Arfa (OGC Nizza)
    £0
  • Adam Campbell (FC Gateshead)
    Loan
  • Callum Roberts (FC Gateshead)
    Loan
Queens Park Rangers
Players in
  • Mauro Zárate (West Ham United)
    Loan
Players out
  • Josh Laurent (Brentford FC)
    £0
Southampton
Players in
  • Eljero Elia (Werder Bremen)
    Loan
Players out
  • Jos Hooiveld (Millwall FC)
    Loan
Stoke City
Players in
  • Philipp Wollscheid (Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
    Loan
Players out
  • Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union)
    £0
  • Tomi Adeloye (Macclesfield Town)
    Loan
  • George Waring (Barnsley)
    Loan
Sunderland
Players in
  • Jermain Defoe (Toronto FC)
    £0
Players out
  • Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC)
    £0
  • David Ferguson (Blackpool FC)
    £0
  • Connor Oliver (Blackpool FC)
    £0
  • Mikael Mandron (Shrewsbury Town)
    Loan
  • Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United)
    Loan
Swansea
Players in
  • Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur)
    £5,810,000
Players out
  • Wilfried Bony (Manchester City)
    £31,810,000
  • Ashley Richards (Fulham FC)
    Loan
  • Alan Tate (Crewe Alexandra)
    Loan
Tottenham Hotspur
Players in
  • n/a
Players out
  • Kyle Naughton (Swansea City)
    £5,810,000
  • Milos Veljkovic (Charlton Athletic)
    Loan
  • Dominic Ball (Cambridge United)
    Loan
  • Grant Hall (Blackpool FC)
    Loan
West Bromwich Albion
Players in
  • Callum McManaman (Wigan Athletic)
    £5,590,000
Players out
  • Luke Daniels (Scunthorpe United)
    Loan
West Ham United
Players in
  • Doneil Henry (Apollon Limassol)
    £1,670,000
Players out
  • Jamie Harney (Colchester United)
    £0
  • Sean Maguire (Accrington Stanley)
    Loan
  • Mauro Zárate (QPR)
    Loan
  • Nathan Mavila (Wealdstone FC)
    Loan
  • Paul McCallum (Portsmouth FC)
    Loan
  • Ricardo Vaz Tê (Akhisar Belediye Genclik ve Spor)
    Loan
Last updated 29th January 2015

All data courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk

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