Keeper George Wood signed for the club on this day in 1980 from Everton for a fee of £140,000. He made his Arsenal debut on the 20th September against Middlesbrough. In total he finished at the club making 70 appearances between the sticks but left on a free transfer to Crystal Palace in 1983.
Arsene Wenger made his first two signings for the club this day in 1996. Remi Garde came in on a free from Strasbourg & Patrick Vieira signed from Milan for £3.5m. Garde came from Strasbourg on a free transfer and is officially Arsene Wenger’s first signing as Arsenal manager. He played in 43 matches before retiring at the club. Vieira joined from AC Milan and went on to become Arsenal’s midfield enforcer and captain. After 406 appearances and 33 goals and becoming an Invincible he was sold to Juventus in 2005 for £13.5m.
Latvian Igors Stepanovs started his one season loan at Belgian club KSK Beveren on this day in 2003. After his loan spell he moved on to Grasshopper Zurich on a free transfer after playing 31 times for Arsenal and scoring just once.
On this day in 2008 Arsenal accepted an undisclosed bid from Middlesbrough for Justin Hoyte. Later it was revealed that Hoyte had cost the Teessiders £3m. He had played in 68 matches in Arsenal’s defence and got his name on the scoresheet once.
Finally, today in 2010 Arsene Wenger signed an extension to his contract which would keep him at the club until 2014.