French newspaper L’Equipe are known for breaking the latest transfer news and footballing gossip, especially renowned for their coverage on compatriot Arsène Wenger’s side Arsenal.

Statistical Genius

Today, in a feature that has gone viral, they reveal with a series of statistical tools that suggest a strong positive correlation, with more money being spent every year by the Gunners hierarchy.

As can be seen in the graph below, the red line shows the increase in transfer expenditure every season in Wenger’s reign.

The report follows the manager’s comments on Saturday, in which he admitted that the club,

“need a goalkeeper for sure and after that it depends on how our midfielders get through without injuries until the start of the season.”

“Maybe at centre-back we’ll still bring one in.”

With the red curve on the rise again, coupled with Le Professeur’s remarks, rumours of impending record signings do not seem dumfounded.

Upward Spiral

It had not always been like this. The 2000/2001 season was originally the highest spending the clubs history, where the manager signed five players for a total of €63 million.

This was then broken in wake of Arsenal’s infamous 8-2 defeat to Manchester United in 2011, where €72 million was spent on players such as Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker.

The summer of 2013 was a shift from spending a lot of money on a lot of players, to instead focusing on buying ‘top, top quality’.

Arsène Wenger smashed the clubs transfer record with the signing of German international Mesut Özil for €56 million.

Encouraged By Intent

It has now got to the stage where Arsenal are spending more on players than they have sold others for. This will alarm the executive board, who maintain that stability is key in running such a successful football club.

However, supporters will be encouraged to see that Arsenal are serious about signing world class stars and L’Equipe’s findings suggest that this summer will continue the inclination of incoming transfers.

The arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Mathieu Debuchy have already set the tongues wagging.

With heavy rumours over Sami Khedira, William Carvalho, David Ospina, Lars Bender and Mario Balotelli, it looks as though this upward trend will continue. Hopefully resulting in a trophy at the end of the next campaign.

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+4 #19 TC 2014-07-23 10:44
Quoting favour:
I think arsenal need a striker to avoid a repeat of what happened last season.


HTF can anybody give this post a negative vote??? we need a striker FFS, any fool can see that.
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+3 #18 favour 2014-07-22 22:48
I think arsenal need a striker to avoid a repeat of what happened last season.
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+1 #17 Ziggy Stardust 2014-07-22 11:36
Quoting ace:
Ferro u dum **** schneiderlin said he wants to go to spurs and yet u still want him ****

Did Shneiderlin tell you or you just browse sh*tty papers you dumb spud?
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+1 #16 Tony 2014-07-22 10:01
Quoting bjonan:
I dont think we need a striker....just bring in cavalho,ospina and we are ready for the season

TV is going to Utd meaning we have two CB's.remember Sagna was the 4th CB last season
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+2 #15 Tony 2014-07-22 10:00
We still havent signed one CB what happens if Mert or Kos get injury before the start of the prem.
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+2 #14 George Gunner 2014-07-22 07:45
Before Wenger moves to smash the transfer record,he shd ponder over hs defence.I have just watched the replays of the devastating defeats by MC,Chelsea and Pool,perhaps he shd look at his defence.
In all 3 cases the defenders went missing. The BG maybe a classy defender but he was easily swiped aside.
Remember a sound defence is a must.Brazil's thrashing shd serve as a reminder.
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+1 #13 RASHID OMAR 2014-07-22 07:38
William Carvalho is best DM if Arsenal sign him it the gap will be replaced since the leaving of Patric Viera , this guy is strong with full control , hope wenger will go for him.,,he is better than khadera,
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-2 #12 bjonan 2014-07-22 07:06
I dont think we need a striker....just bring in cavalho,ospina and we are ready for the season
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0 #11 Delford Magaya 2014-07-22 06:50
I do not think Wenger should give an excuse of injuries anymore, he had learnt a lesson, so if it happens again, we blame him for that. He should know the number of players he need. Arsenal should not battle again like last season. Wenger should avoid what happened last season and he must have enought players to compete on all league matches and cup games.
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+3 #10 meligo 2014-07-21 19:51
Hope this time AW and the board know what a champion and great team should b of guality and depth of the team
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+7 #9 babasola tokoya 2014-07-21 18:07
arsenals priority now should be center back and defensive midfielder even if vermaleen is staying we still need another center back to take care of injuries and suspensions
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+1 #8 Mark Gill 2014-07-21 17:52
Carvalho be fantastic and d ospina great keeper along with our squad and Sanchez debuchy Walcott about diaby ozil the welsh wizard Ramsey names keep coming watch out the pl arsenal are back and with a bang Jose Owen just crawl back to that stone you both crawled from under
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+3 #7 Andy 2014-07-21 14:25
Oh come on, that´s just basic statistics. Plus it´s all retrospective, it doesn´t take into accound present and future circumstances, to apply mathematical and statistical models to quantify the transfer expenditure is a pretty crazy idea, you will need tons of data, not only quantitative but qualitative too... Better focus on getting a defensive midfielder, a center back, and a goalkeeper...
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0 #6 ikem 2014-07-21 13:59
whoever he wants to buy let him be urgent about it, so that all the players will blend together before the start of the season.
Enough of speculations. the play off for the champions league is very close, and the first five fixture of the EPL is very crucial. Good luck.
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+7 #5 Mike 2014-07-21 12:57
How does a graph with peaks and troughs show "increase in transfer expenditure every season in Wenger’s reign"?

"It has now got to the stage where Arsenal are spending more on players than they have sold others for. This will alarm the executive board, who maintain that stability is key in running such a successful football club." Er hello! We've virtually paid for the stadium now. that's why spending was limited in the past.

This whole article is veryu poorly conceived.
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+8 #4 Leffe 2014-07-21 12:39
Carvalho would be a scoop!
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+9 #3 trugun 2014-07-21 12:38
Jason Phillips,
"This will alarm the executive board"
Where oh where do you get this junk from? The board constantly support Wenger, and having performed the miracle of the last nine years the last thing the board will have is alarm .Wenger is trusted completely and is being encouraged to go out and spend. Why when you write about Arsenal do you seem to know so little about how the club operates?
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0 #2 ace 2014-07-21 12:32
Ferro u dum *** schneiderlin said he wants to go to spurs and yet u still want him ***
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-14 #1 ferro 2014-07-21 12:24
Bony and Schneiderlin will do, we dont need to break the record.
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