We talk about Arsenal being Manchester City’s feeder club having sold them Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Emmanuel Adebayor in recent years, but Barcelona are the real vultures that hover over the Emirates. After signing Alex Song for £15 million, the Catalan giants have now purchased seven players off the Gunners since Arsene Wenger’s arrival at the club back in 1996.
That statement suggests two things. One, it’s a testament to Wenger’s transfer policy in bringing in young, unproven players and converting them into superstars during their time with the club before he sells them on at the right price. Two, it suggests that Arsenal have never been big enough to compete with Europe’s best and once a genuine quality player does appear on the scene, the Gunners are unable to fend off interest from bigger clubs. We take a look at the seven players who made the switch to the Nou Camp and see how they fared: