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Only 15 years ago a £30million transfer was a headline-busting, Premier League-shaking sum of money.

A newly loaded Chelsea forked out just over £30million for Ballon d’Or winner Andriy Shevchenko, while only record-breaking movers such as Rio Ferdinand had previously broken that barrier.

The figure of 30 felt like the benchmark where eyebrows were raised and questions asked – ‘can they cope with the price tag?’

Now, it is merely pocket change for the Premier League elite. Ever since Andy Carroll went to Liverpool for £35m in 2012, the number has lost its magic.

But of course in reality, it is still an awful lot of money. With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at all the players that famously frugal Arsenal have laid out £30million or more for, and had a look at how they fared.

Was it money well spent?

Alexis Sanchez – £32m from Barcelona (2014)

Absolutely money well spent.

Alexis Sanchez was a Premier League superstar at The Emirates and one of the most frightening forwards in the division.

The Chilean picked up two FA Cups, but his talent deserved more, as shown by his selection in three FIFPro World XI’s.

Because Sanchez was world class at Arsenal, and you’d have to look very hard to find a player of such quality for just £32m these days.

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Granit Xhaka – £34m from Borussia Monchengladbach (2016)

12 months ago, Granit Xhaka looked like yet another in a long list of defensive midfielders that Arsenal have failed to turn into the next Patrick Vieira.

At the centre of a media storm and a row with fans, he was stripped of the captaincy and his time at the Emirates looked limited.

But under Mikel Arteta the Swiss is a player reborn, and has become an absolutely indispensable part of the starting XI that has gone from strength to strength under the Spaniard.

Dominant in midfield, tough-tackling, remarkably resilient and…