The transfer window presents the opportunity for every club to strengthen their respective sides. Arsenal have signed world class players over the years. Some of the signings have delivered the desired effect while some were not too convincing due to various factors. For every Alexis Sanchez, Hleb and Thierry Henry, there’s always another Park Chu Young, Gervinho or Jeffers.
Here we look at some of the deals that the fans would have wished it never happened:
Amaury Bischoff, he arrived in 2008 as a free transfer. Arsene Wenger described the transfer of the player as a gamble that is worth taking. The player has history with injury. Bischoff was always injured all through his time with the club and he only managed 25 minutes of league action all through his stay with the club.
Marouane Chamakh, he arrived from Bordeaux in 2010, he gave a good account of himself in the early days of his Arsenal career. He scored 14 goals in 67 appearances for the club before leaving on loan to west Ham in 2013.
Andrei Arshavin, He arrived at the Emirate stadium in January 2009. He had a very decent European outing with Russia the previous summer. He led Russia to the semifinal where they lost to eventual winners Spain. Top clubs across Europe were interested in signing the diminutive playmaker. He scored 6 goals and provided 7 assists in 12 Premier league appearances helping Arsenal qualify for the champions league. However, his inconsistency and lethargic performances eventually saw him fall out of favour with many fans and he eventually departed for Zenit after finding his playing time limited.
Gervinho, he made 69 appearances and scored 11 goals and it was evident the Ivorian was not the right man to lead Arsenal’s attack.
Andre Santos, the Brazilian’s lack of pace and poor positioning saw him vilified by supporters, though, and his decision to swap shirts with Robin van Persie at half-time during the clubs 2-1 defeat to Manchester United only provoked further ire.