Heavily criticized and crucified by some, hailed and respected by others, either way, the longest-serving manager in Arsenal era will inevitably deserve at least a few pages in the history books of the club when his time as the club manager comes to an end.
However, having just signed a two-year contract extension which will be his 22nd and possibly his 23rd season at Arsenal, we look back at his 10 best transfers since the distant 1996, when Arsene Wenger took the managerial role in his own hands.

During his two-decade reign, Arsene Wenger has bought and sold tons of players. Some of them went on to become club's legends while there are some who were major disappointment while playing for Arsenal. However, it's really hard to pick only 10 deals, especially after our boss gained the reputation of an excellent scout and even better executor on the transfer market.

Here are our top 10 signings of Arsene Wenger's era:

10. Kolo Toure
Signed for just £150,000 in 2002 from an unknown Ivorian club (ASEC Mimosas), Kolo would later become a vital part of Arsenal's defense in the post-invincible era.
He was signed as a utility player and kicked off his Arsenal career mostly coming on as a substitute while playing as a defensive midfielder or a right back. However, with his ability to produce great sliding tackles and read the game from the back, he was always going to end as a center back.
Having gained enough experience as a part of the legendary, ''Invincible'' generation in his first year at the club, Kolo successfully filled in Tony Adams shoes to become a leader in the heart of Arsenal's defense.
Kolo Toure won five major trophies since 2009 when he left Arsenal and signed with Manchester City.

9.Robin van Persie
He might be called traitor and Judas by every Arsenal fan, however, RvP found his way into the top 10 list, taking the 9th place in Arsene Wenger's top signings.
Bought for just £2.75m from Feyenoord in 2004, van Persie's transfer is a massive bargain, especially fueled by the fact that he scored 132 goals for Arsenal, ranking him 8th on the club's all-time scoring list.
Captivated by his elegant style of playing and developing into a prolific and one of the deadliest finisher in world football, RvP stayed at Arsenal for 8 years, before joining Manchester United in 2012.
While at Arsenal, van Persie won only two major trophies: an FA Cup and Community Shield, while he added the 2012/13 Premier League Golden Boot award to his name, scoring 30 goals in the following season.

8. Gilberto Silva
Having learned the skill to shadow the opponents and help the defense without being too much noticed from his early years at Brazil, it's no surprise, Gilberto Silva was called ''the invisible wall'' throughout his rich career. Signed from the Brazilian side, Atletico Mineiro, for just £4.5 million in the summer of 2002, Gilberto Silva instantly imposed himself as a crucial part of The Invincibles midfield and become a Premier League winner in his first year at Arsenal.
Gilberto became one of the best defensive midfielders in the history of football by just keeping things simple and disciplined. While at Arsenal, he became the fastest ever goal-scorer in the history of the club, scoring just 20 seconds in against PSV in a 2002/03 Champions League tie. He also scored the first competitive goal at The Emirates Stadium on August 19, 2006.

7. Sol Campbell
Another Invincible and another defensive legend, Sol Campbell went on to become one of the greatest ever Center backs in Arsenal shirt. Campbell joined Arsenal in 2001 from bitter rivals Tottenham, on a free transfer, under scandalous circumstances, ending months of speculation and uncertainty about his future. Sol Campbell went on to become a regular starter in Arsene Wenger's 2001/02 season, partnered alongside Tony Adams and Martin Keown in his first season as an Arsenal player.
With his monstrous figure and strength of character, Sol looked completely indestructible and imposed fear in opponents from just looking at them.
He will also be remembered by his never ending sliding tackle while playing for England against Croatia, where legend says: he is still sliding!

6. Freddie Ljungberg
Bought for only £3 million in 1998, Freddie Ljungberg became a fans favorite after confirming his status as a regular starting player before and during the Invincible era.
The Swede had the ability to make quick decisions and killer instincts for either scoring or assisting. He was most comfortable playing wide on the wings, but he also did a great job filling the number 10 role, when Robert Pires was injured.
His Arsenal career went on to be a huge success. Freddie scored 72 times for our club, which is extremely admirable for a player who never played as a striker.
He will always be remembered by that punk styled pink plumage hairstyle, which echoed his offbeat character on and off the pitch.

5. Cesc Fabregas
Lured away on a free transfer since his early days from Barcelona's academy, La Masia, back in 2003, Cesc Fabregas would later become the youngest Arsenal captain and one of Arsene Wenger's masterpieces.
Having trained and played for a year in Arsenal's academy, Fabregas was slowly inserted into the first team by Arsene Wenger and he showed his true abilities to the football world back in the 2004/05 season, but it was not until 2005/06 that he stepped in and break into the starting eleven.
The art of passing, predicting and being able to read the game learned at La Masia, helped him become, one of the most creative and innovative midfielders that ever played this beautiful game.
In the 2008/09 season, Fabregas was named as a successor to William Gallas as club captain, becoming the youngest ever Arsenal player to wear the captain's armband.
While at Arsenal, Cesc won the FA Cup and the FA Community Shield.

4. Marc Overmars
Bought for a fee of around £6 million from Ajax, Marc Overmars become one of Arsene Wenger's first signings after taking the managerial role at Arsenal in 1996.
''The Flying Dutchman'' score the winning goal against Manchester United in 1997 to win the double with Arsenal and went on to score 40 times during his three years adventure, wearing red and white.
Marc had an exceptional eye for goal but it was his speed that will remain in our memories and the phenomenal skill that slapped him the nickname ''Overdrive''.
Sadly, injuries started to ruin his career and he was sold for a good price of around £25 million to Barcelona in 2000.

3.Robert Pires
Having just added a World Cup and a European Championship medal to his name, Robert Pires chose Arsenal as his next destination, joining our club at the beginning of July 2000.
Bobby was already 27 when he came to London from Marseille for a fee of £6 million and he had already collected enough experience, to cope with the requirements and the physicality of The Premier League. He settled very quickly into the team and played a vital part, achieving four major trophies (2001'-02'; 2003'-04 Premier League 2002'-03'; 2004-05' FA Cup) during his six years at Arsenal.
Many football pundits would say that it was his introducing to the Premier League that changed the perception of an attacking minded winger. He was one of the first wide players to play on a side, opposite to his stronger foot and he did it the best.
Pires went on to score 62 goals in 189 appearances for Arsenal, including 12 goals against fierce rivals Tottenham. Oh, he loved scoring against them!
He was voted by the fans as the 6th greatest player in Arsenal's history.

2. Patrick Vieira
Despite technically been signed by Bruce Rioch during 1996, Patrick Viera would later reveal that Arsene Wenger had a major influence on his decision, despite he was yet to be officially unveiled as a manager of Arsenal. A fee of around £3.5 million was paid to Inter for his services, and from this perspective, it looks like an absolute bargain.
The Frenchmen brought instant stability and creativity to Arsenal's sluggish midfield at the time and went on to become a key figure in every season he has played for the team.
With 402 games, he still holds the record for most games played under Arsene Wenger. With his will to stand for his teammates, fight for every ball and his overall influence on and off the pitch, he was rightfully named club captain in May 2002, succeeding the armband from Tony Adams.
Patrick Viera was a true leader and will certainly be remembered for the heated combats with Roy Keane, especially the famous one, that occurred at the tunnel of Highbury.

1.Thierry Henry
No surprises, as Arsenal's all-time leading scorer with 228 goals tops the list of ''Top 10 players signed by Arsene Wenger''.
Having joined the club for £11 million from his short stay at Juventus in 1999, Henry went on to become one of the best football players in the world.
Mentored and coached by Arsene Wenger, Thierry Henry developed a style of an electric and prolific goal-scorer, unprecedented until then and while there were some who could score goals and some who could score beautiful goals, Titou had the ability to do both.
Thierry Henry won two Premier League titles and three FA Cups while his eight years at Arsenal and wore the captain's armband in his last two years at the club.
A true idol of many generations, Thierry Henry is responsible for millions of fans, including myself choosing to support Arsenal for years to come and his glorious return and scoring against Leeds United can't be described by words.
The statue of him in front of The Emirates reflecting a legendary moment, when he scored at White Hart Lane and ran across the pitch to celebrate in front of Tottenham fans expressing anger, revenge and ego will always remind us of the golden era of The King, Thierry Henry.