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The evolution of Arsenal's transfer record

Arsenal almost tripled their transfer record when signing Germany's Mesut Ozil in 2013
Arsenal almost tripled their transfer record when signing Germany's Mesut Ozil in 2013

Arsenal have broken their transfer record by spending what Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says is close to 50million euros (£44million) on striker Alexandre Lacazette.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how the Arsenal transfer record has evolved over the last century.

Archie Devine - February 1913, £1,000

Signed from Bradford in a vain bid to avoid relegation in the 1912-13 season, Scotland midfielder Devine scored five goals in 24 games and worked as a miner and dockyard worker after his playing days were over.

David Jack - October 1928, £10,890

Figures vary over the exact amount that Arsenal paid for England striker Jack, who would prove a sensation with 124 goals in 208 games. But it was the first five-digit signing in world football - almost double the previous record - and legend has it that Arsenal boss Herbert Chapman got the Bolton negotiators drunk to bring the fee down.

Peter Marinello - January 1970, £100,000

The Scottish winger was dubbed "the next George Best" on joining from Hibernian and the 19-year-old scored on his debut at Manchester United. But he rarely hit those heights again and left for Portsmouth in 1973 after only five goals and 51 games.

Malcolm Macdonald - July 1976, £333,333

Eclipsing the £220,000 spent on Alan Ball in 1971, Arsenal paid the unusual sum of £333,333.34 on Newcastle striker Macdonald five years later. 'Supermac' won the Golden Boot in 1977 and played 14 times for England before a knee injury cut his career short.

Clive Allen - June 1980, £1.25m

The striker joined from QPR to become Arsenal's first £1m player. Featured in three matches during Arsenal's 1980-81 pre-season, but he did not play a single competitive match for the Gunners before moving to Crystal Palace in a shock swap deal with full-back Kenny Sansom.

David Seaman - May 1990, £1.3m

Arsenal took nearly a decade to raise the bar again, but when they did it was a world transfer record for a goalkeeper. Seaman went on to make 325 Premier League appearances and play more in goal for the Gunners than anyone else.

Ian Wright - September 1991, £2.5m

Arsenal's first £2m player was a larger than life character signed from Crystal Palace after coming out of non-league. The England striker broke Cliff Bastin's club scoring record with 185 goals in 286 appearances before joining West Ham in 1998.

Dennis Bergkamp - June 1995, £7.5m

The last time Arsenal broke the British transfer record (it only stood for a few days as Liverpool paid £8.5m for Stan Collymore), the Gunners got their money's worth. The Dutchman's goals and assists played a central role in the club's success under Arsene Wenger.

Thierry Henry - August 1999, £11m

Another outstanding piece of transfer business as Henry joined from Juventus. Became the club's all-time leading scorer with 228 goals in all competitions before moving on to Barcelona for £24m Euros in 2007.

Mesut Ozil - September 2013, £38.2m

The signing of Ozil, which had the potential to rise by a further £4.3m in add-ons, from Real Madrid almost tripled the previous £15m record purchase of Andrei Arshavin in 2009. But the Germany playmaker has divided opinion in his four seasons in north London.

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