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Arsene Wenger's best African signings at Arsenal

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As Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years at the helm of Arsenal, KweséESPN look back over the Frenchman's two-decade stint in North London and rank the five best African signings made by Le Professeur .

Looking at this list, there's no dispute that the Gunners and their Alsatian coach owe a lot to some of Africa's finest!

5. Alex Song (2005-2012)

It's a shame that Cameroon international Song got itchy feet and left Arsenal when he did, moving to Barcelona in 2012 for £15 million.

The 29-year-old, who currently features for Rubin Kazan, never truly found a place for himself in Catalonia, but had come into his own in North London in the seasons before leaving the club.

His magnificent assist for Robin van Persie's volley against Everton in 2011 was testament to his technical class, while he had the physique and the engine to boss the midfield in Premier League contests.

4. Emmanuel Adebayor (2006-2009)

The Togo striker has had a controversial career, and tasted both glory and disappointment with the likes of Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur.

His last club was Crystal Palace, while a proposed move to Olympique Lyonnais broke down amidst some apparent bad blood between player and club.

At Arsenal, however, the former AS Monaco was a terrifying prospect, scoring 62 goals in 143 outings -- including 30 in the 2007-08 season.

He became Africa's then-most expensive player when he was sold to City in 2009.

3. Lauren (2000-2006)

One of the most undervalued members of the celebrated Invincibles side, Lauren was largely a winger earlier in his career, but was converted to full-back by Wenger, who was confident that the Cameroon international had the discipline and the maturity to thrive in a defensive role.

He won two titles and three FA Cups during his stint in North London, before moving to Portsmouth where he added another FA Cup to his considerable honours list.

The 39-year-old also shone for Cameroon before calling a premature halt to his international career, winning two Nations Cups and the Olympic gold in 2000.

2. Kolo Toure (2002-2009)

Surely one of the greatest signings Arsene Wenger ever made -- African or otherwise -- the Ivorian was signed from Bereven for an inconsequential £150,000 in 2002 and was groomed by the French coach into one of the finest centre-backs in the world game.

His physical qualities -- honed at the ASEC Mimosas academy -- were allied to an excellent positioning and composure and, along with Sol Campbell, he formed the defensive cornerstone upon which the Invincibles were built.

He went on to win another Premier League title -- with Manchester City -- and currently plays under erstwhile Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.

1. Nwankwo Kanu (1999-2004)

Arsene Wenger inherited a watertight defence when he moved to Arsenal, but he built upon that backline by signing some of the most talented offensive players in the world game.

Kanu arrived from Internazionale in 1999 as an unpredictable, technically mesmerising addition to the likes of Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg, Davor Suker, Marc Overmars, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp.

He won two titles with the Gunners -- sensationally downing Chelsea with an astonishing hat-trick soon after arriving at the club -- and was twice named Africa's Footballer of the Year.