This week our statistician analyses Arsenal's signings since the year 2000.

Mesut Ozil is the 83rd permanent signing Arsenal have made since the turn of the century and the seventh player to have joined from La Liga in that time.

The talented German international moved from Real Madrid, becoming the 26th midfielder and seventh 24-year-old to join Arsenal in the past 13 years.

Arsenal have made a new signing once every 60.2 days on average since the beginning of the 21st century

Arsenal have made a new signing once every 60.2 days on average since the beginning of the 21st century, and four in 2013 following the acquisitions of Nacho Monreal, Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini.

Loan players are not included in this list, therefore Emiliano Viviano is omitted, as are the likes of Michal Papadopulos, Julio Baptista and Yossi Benayoun, as they were all signed on loan forms. Alex Song and Mart Poom signed permanent deals after completing a loan spell.

Those who signed professional forms while already affiliated to the Club are also not included in this analysis, so Jack Wilshere, Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou, Cesc Fabregas, Nicklas Bendtner and Wojciech Szczesny etc are not counted here, as they all joined the Club's academy before turning professional.

Of the 83 players signed this century, 26 (31 per cent) were midfielders, 25 (30 per cent) defenders, 21 (25 per cent) forwards and 11 (14 per cent) goalkeepers.

Ozil is the fifth German to sign for the Club since 2000, following the arrivals of Jens Lehmann, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Eisfeld and Lukas Podolski.

He is the first 24-year-old to sign since Gervinho in July 2011 - 55 (66 per cent) of the Club's signings in the 21st century have been 24 or younger.

Arsenal's signings since 2000 - By Position - By Age
Arsenal's signings since 2000 - By Position - By Age

Arsenal's signings since 2000 by nationality
Arsenal's signings since 2000 by nationality

Since the January transfer window was introduced to the Premier League in the 2002/03 season, Arsenal have bought 15 players in this 'window', the very first of whom was Guillaume Warmuz - a French goalkeeper who never played a first-team match for the Club.

In fact, of the 83 players listed, 12 (14 per cent) never played a single minute of first-team action for the Gunners - though this does include the likes of Joel Campbell, Wellington and Deyan Iliev, who are all still at the Club - and of course Ozil.

The Gunners have bought 14 players on either the winter or summer deadline day

The 15 winter signings account for 18.1 per cent of the total transfers Arsenal have made since the current transfer deadline format was introduced.

The 2002/03 season was also the first to impose an August 31 transfer deadline. Since then, the Gunners have bought 14 players on either the winter or summer deadline day - including Ozil. The previous one was Monreal in January.

As August 31 fell on a weekend this year, the deadline was moved to September 2, and Ozil therefore became the first player to join in September since Greek defender Stathis Tavlaridis 12 years ago.

The previous permanent signing before Ozil was Flamini, who appears twice on the table below, having originally joined aged 20 in 2004.

Lehmann and Sol Campbell are the other men who appear on the list twice, having both re-signed in the past 13 years.

Arsenal's signings since 2000 by month signed
Arsenal's signings since 2000 by month signed

Players who have never played for the first team

Guy Demel

Paulinho

Guillaume Warmuz

Joe O’Cearuill

Vincent van den Berg

Havard Nordtveit

Pedro Botelho

Samuel Galindo

Wellington

Joel Campbell

Deyan Iliev

Mesut Ozil

Three of Arsenal's last six signings arrived from Spain's La Liga (Santi Cazorla, Monreal and Ozil), while the Bundesliga has also supplied three players over the past three seasons (Mertesacker, Eisfeld and Podolski).

Only one player in the past five years has joined from a fellow Premier League side (Mikel Arteta from Everton) but overall 11 (13 per cent) of the players on the list joined Arsenal from another English club.

The main source of Arsenal players since 2000 though has been the French leagues. In this time 19 (22.9 per cent) of Arsenal's signings have come from French clubs, the most recent example being Sanogo, who joined from Auxerre.

He was the third player this century to move to Arsenal from Auxerre (following Abou Diaby and Bacary Sagna). The other clubs to supply three players to the Gunners during this period are Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Sao Paulo.

Overall the 83 signings came from eight different sources/countries, and represent 37 different nationalities. Eight of the signings (including Flamini) joined Arsenal as free agents.

All permanent signings since 2000

Player Position From Age Date
1999/2000        
Lauren Defender Mallorca 23 May 30, 2000
Guy Demel Midfielder Nimes 19 July 1, 2000
Robert Pires Midfielder Marseille 26 July 3, 2000
2000/2001        
Sylvain Wiltord Forward Bordeaux 26 Aug 24, 2000
Igors Stepanovs Defender Skonto Riga 24 Sep 4, 2000
Sebastian Svard Midfielder FC Copenhagen 17 Nov 1, 2000
Tomas Danilevicius Forward FC Lausanne 22 Dec 13, 2000
Edu Midfielder Corinthians 22 Jan 16, 2001
Paulinho Midfielder Sao Paulo 18 May 2001
Juan Defender Sao Paulo 19 May 2001
Francis Jeffers Forward Everton 20 June 14, 2001
Gio van Bronckhorst Midfielder Rangers 26 June 19, 2001
Olafur-Ingi Skulason Defender Fylkir AC 18 July 1, 2001
Sol Campbell Defender Unattached 26 July 3, 2001
Richard Wright Goalkeeper Ipswich Town 23 July 5, 2001
Junichi Inamoto Midfielder Gamba Osaka 21 July 23, 2001
2001/2002        
Stathis Tavlaridis Defender Iraklis Saloniki 21 Sept 24, 2001
Kolo Toure Midfielder Asec Mimosas 20 Feb 14, 2002
Pascal Cygan Defender Lille 28 July 11, 2002
Gilberto Midfielder Atletico Mineiro 25 July 29, 2002
2002/2003        
Rami Shaaban Goalkeeper Djurgardens 27 Aug 30, 2002
Guillaume Warmuz Goalkeeper Unattached 32 Jan 31, 2003
Philippe Senderos Defender Servette 18 June 1, 2003
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper Borussia Dortmund 33 July 25, 2003
2003/2004        
Gael Clichy Defender AS Cannes 18 Aug 4, 2003
Daniel Karbassiyoon Defender Roanoke Star 19 Aug 31, 2003
Jose Antonio Reyes Forward Seville 20 Jan 29, 2004
Robin van Persie Forward Feyenoord 20 May 17, 2004
Manuel Almunia Goalkeeper Celta Vigo 27 July 14, 2004
Mathieu Flamini Midfielder Marseille 20 July 22, 2004
2004/2005        
Emmanuel Eboue Defender Beveren 21 Jan 2, 2005
Alexander Hleb Midfielder Stuttgart 24 June 27, 2005
Vito Mannone Goalkeeper Atalanta 17 July 1, 2005
2005/2006        
Mart Poom Goalkeeper Sunderland 33 Jan 1, 2006
Emmanuel Adebayor Forward AS Monaco 21 Jan 13, 2006
Abou Diaby Midfielder Auxerre 19 Jan 13, 2006
Theo Walcott Forward Southampton 16 Jan 20, 2006
Tomas Rosicky Midfielder Borussia Dortmund 25 May 23, 2006
Joe O'Cearuill Defender Unattached 19 July 1, 2006
Vincent van den Berg Forward Unattached 17 July 1, 2006
Alexandre Song Midfielder Bastia 18 July 1, 2006
2006/2007        
William Gallas Defender Chelsea 29 Aug 31, 2006
Denilson Midfielder Sao Paulo 18 Aug 31, 2006
Carlos Vela Forward Celta Vigo 17 Jan 1, 2007
Lukasz Fabianski Goalkeeper Legia Warsaw 22 May 26, 2007
Havard Nordtveit Defender FK Haugesund 17 July 1, 2007
Eduardo Forward Dinamo Zagreb 24 July 3, 2007
Bacary Sagna Defender Auxerre 24 July 12, 2007
2007/2008        
Lassana Diarra Midfielder Chelsea 22 Aug 31, 2007
Pedro Botelho Defender Figueirense 18 Jan 1, 2008
Aaron Ramsey Midfielder Cardiff City 17 June 13, 2008
Francis Coquelin Midfielder Laval 17 July 1, 2008
Samir Nasri Midfielder Marseille 21 July 11, 2008
Amaury Bischoff Midfielder Unattached 21 July 30, 2008
2008/2009        
Mikael Silvestre Defender Man United 31 Aug 20, 2008
Andrey Arshavin Forward Zenit St Petersburg 27 Feb 3, 2009
Thomas Vermaelen Defender Ajax 23 June 19, 2009
2009/2010        
Sol Campbell Defender Unattached 35 Jan 16, 2010
Marouane Chamakh Forward Bordeaux 26 May 21, 2010
Laurent Koscielny Defender Lorient 24 July 7, 2010
2010/2011        
Samuel Galindo Midfielder Real America 18 Aug 1, 2010
Damian Martinez Goalkeeper Independiente 17 Aug 1, 2010
Sebastien Squillaci Defender Sevilla 30 Aug 27, 2010
Wellington Silva Forward Fluminense 18 Jan 31, 2011
Ryo Forward Chukyodai Chuyko 18 Jan 31, 2011
Jens Lehmann Goalkeeper Unattached 41 Mar 17, 2011
Carl Jenkinson Defender Charlton 19 June 8, 2011
Gervinho Forward Lille 24 July 18, 2011
2011/2012        
A. Oxlade-Chamberlain Forward Southampton 17 Aug 8, 2011
Joel Campbell Forward Deportivo Saprissa 19 Aug 19, 2011
Ju Young Park Forward Monaco 26 Aug 30, 2011
Andre Santos Defender Fenerbahce 28 Aug 31, 2011
Per Mertesacker Defender Werder Bremen 26 Aug 31, 2011
Mikel Arteta Midfielder Everton 29 Aug 31, 2011
Thomas Eisfeld Midfielder Borussia Dortmund 19 Jan 31, 2012
Lukas Podolski Forward Cologne 27 July 1, 2012
Olivier Giroud Forward Montpellier 25 July 1, 2012
2012/2013        
Santi Cazorla Midfielder Malaga 27 Aug 7, 2012
Deyan Iliev Goalkeeper FK Belastica 17 Aug 30, 2012
Nacho Monreal Defender Malaga 26 Jan 31, 2013
Yaya Sanogo Forward Auxerre 20 July 1, 2013
2013/2014        
Mathieu Flamini Midfielder Unattached 29 Aug 29, 2013
Mesut Ozil Midfielder Real Madrid 24 Sept 2, 2013

Stats correct as at September 3, 2013

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