Tuesday 20 March 2018

Where are they now? The team that never was

Julio Baptista
Julio Baptista

Only two of the Arsenal side that started the 2007 League Cup final defeat to Chelsea are still at the Emirates.

Manuel Almunia – Enjoyed three seasons as first choice before loan to West Ham and free transfer to Watford in 2012.

Justin Hoyte – Moved to Middlesbrough the next year, has played over 150 games.

Kolo Toure – Joined Manchester City in 2009 before moving to Liverpool on a free this summer.

Armand Traore – Loan spells at Portsmouth and Juventus preceded 2011 switch to Queens Park Rangers.

Philippe Senderos – Swiss international had periods on loan at Milan and Everton, joining Fulham in 2010.

Theo Walcott – Remains at Emirates, making over 250 appearances.

Cesc Fabregas – Played over 300 games before joining Barcelona in 2011.

Denilson – Failed to win regular place, returning to Sao Paulo on loan before permanent move this year.

Abou Diaby – Persistent struggles with injury, currently out with knee trouble.

Julio Baptista – Returned to parent club Real Madrid at end of 2006/07, now plays for Cruzeiro in Brazil.

Jeremie Aliadiere – Transferred to Middlesbrough before joining Lorient on a free in 2011. Advertises hair products.

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