Saturday 31 January 2015

Arsene Wenger's worst buys


Andrei Arshavin, £15m from Zenit
As one of the club's most expensive signings the winger has not delivered what his manager had hoped and in recent years has become a fringe player and the subject of numerous transfer whispers.
Julio Baptista, 12-month swap deal, Real Madrid 2006
Came with a big reputation and seemed perfectly suited to English football but proved an overall flop for the club. Photo: Getty Images
Marouane Chamakh, free, Bordeaux 2010
Solid in the first half of his first term with the club then admitted to feeling burnt out come January. He soon slipped down the pecking order and now makes most of his appearances as a substitute. Photo: Getty Images
Pascal Cygan, £2.1m, Lille 2002
While his career at Arsenal started out with him featuring in some nig matches, the Frenchman was soon considered a fringe player. He dopped to being Wenger's fourth choice behind Sol Campbell, Kolo Touré and Philippe Senderos. He left after four years to join Villareal. Photo: Getty Images
Denilson, £3.4m, Sao Paulo 2006
Many were surprised by Wenger's decision to sign the Brazilian owing to a lack of experience. After five seasons he was loaned back to his former club after Arsenal failed to find a buyer
Johan Djourou, free, Étoile Carouge before Arsenal youth team (senior 2004)
Another of Wenger's defensive mistakes. Promised much but proved too light-weight to handle the challenge of the physical battle in the Premier League. Photo: Getty Images
Richard Wright, £6 million
Signed as a 23 year-old to provide competition for places and, ultimately, replace the veteran David Seaman between the sticks. It didn't work out. He slipped to third choice behind Stuart Taylor and made just 22 appearances for Arsenal in total before moving on to Everton.
Squillaci, £3.2 million
Most people asked "Who?" when Wenger signed the Frenchman from Sevilla. "We needed a centre-back of quality and experience and at the right price - he was all of that," replied the Arsenal manager. Centre back? Yes. Right price? Maybe. Quality? Hmmmm. Photo: AP
Senderos, £2.5 million
The Switzerland international joined Arsenal from Servette in 2003 but failed to hold down a regular first-team place and, after loan spells at Milan and then Everton, he move to Fulham. Photo: Reuters
Francis Jeffers, £10 million
Arsene Wenger's 'fox in the box' signed from Everton after Thierry Henry claimed the Gunners needed more stealth in the penalty area. 'He is obsessed with scoring goals,' claimed Wenger. Sadly his time in London was more 'flop' in the box than fox
Gervinho, £10.8 million
The Ivory Coast international was signed from Lille as speculation mounted that both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were set to leave The Emirates. Both departed but Gervinho has been unable to fill the void, showing potential sporadically but otherwise disappointing

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