Top 10 Worst Wenger Signings

In a week that has seen Arsenal linked with many mediocre players for next season from home and abroad, I feel it is time to finally disprove the myth that he has bought more than his fair share of gems to the club. Here are my ten worst Wenger signings in no particular order.

1. Pascal Cygan

Now for someone I can say with huge certainty is Arsene Wenger’s worst ever signing. There are some footballers you wonder how they became professional footballers this would sum Cygan up perfectly. He could also go down as one of the worst players to ever receive a Premier League winners medal which he won for season 2003-04. Pascal was somewhat a fringe player and was eventually moved onto Spain in 2006 to Villarreal for the same fee that was paid for him £2 million.

2. Francis Jeffers

Signed from Everton for a staggering £8 million a lot at the time for such an unproven quantity and it turned out to be disastrous for both parties. Jeffers was constantly injured at the club and even when fit which was an incredibly rare occasion he flattered to deceive. Surely will go down as one of the biggest underachievers in the game after so much expectation was thrust upon his shoulders in his Everton days. Scoring just 9 goals in 40 games over a two season period before being loaned back to Everton, then was moved on to Charlton Athletic for £2.6 Million and the rest as they say is history.

3. Oleg Luzhny

In the summer of 1999 he was signed after somehow impressing Wenger with his performances as part of Champions League opponents Dynamo Kyiv. Luzhny’s nickname “the horse” from memory I can only imagine fans shortened this from “Cart Horse” as he was not very impressive one bit. Signed as back up for Lee Dixon he never managed to displace Dixon. Luzhny only made 75 Appearances for the club in 4 seasons most of these coming as substitute or in domestic cup games. He was eventually palmed off on newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2003.

4. sebastien squillaci

Squillaci has been described as a Centre half who is “strong in the air” and “reads the game well” I can only imagine these quotes are coming from a very sarcastic person as I have seen not much if any evidence of this since he was signed by the club back  in the summer of 2010 for a fee of around £4 Million. I have never been impressed by him. He is slow seems to have very low concentration and is bullied to easily. To my dismay he still finds himself with a squad number I am sure I am not the only member of the Arsenal Faithful to be hoping this all changes next season.

5. Philippe Senderos

  Robert Koren of West Bromwich Albion (L) gets past a challenge from Philippe Senderos of Arsenal during the Carling Cup match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium on September 22, 2009 in London, England

You could be forgiven for thinking that looking at the picture of Senderos that he was taking a break or maybe he was posing in a Michael jackson-esque style for photo opportunities. Unfortunately neither of them are true he had just been out-skilled by West Brom’s Robert Koren who left him on his backside. This is a view that many fans got used to from the 2004-05 season up to when he permanently left the club in 2010. He had loan spells at incredibly AC Milan and Everton in  2008 and 2010 respectively just before he was sold to Fulham at the end of 2010. 

6. Nicklas Bendtner

If Bendtner plays as well is he talks himself up he would be world class however he does not, He is not short of a few things to say regarding his ability. He famously described himself as one of the most talented players in world football not sure whether this was before or after he found himself playing in the championship for Birmingham but whenever it was said it may well of been a huge exaggeration. He has been on Arsenal’s books since 2005 and has had several loan spells around Europe most notably at Italian champions Juventus last season where the coach Antonio Conte called him overweight and lazy this did not go down to well with Nicklas who automatically blamed Arsenal’s health and training regime. His scoring record currently stands at 99 appearances with 22 goals, I very much doubt he will ever make it to 100 appearances for the club.

7. Marouane Chamakh

Chamakh signed on a free transfer from french side Bordeaux and he actually came with quite a good reputation as a target man some pundits actually compared him to Didier Drogba I now realise they must been paid quite a lot of money to mention Chamakh in such high regard. He did not actually start too badly in his first season. Then after he seemed to really lack any real appetite and seemed like he was more than happy to just sit on the bench and rake in his £60,000 a week. He spent last season on loan at West Ham where he made an abysmally low 3 appearances for the club. I hope he is moved on very quickly he is one of a few players that need to be moved on regardless of how much compensation it costs the club they are weighing the wage bill down quite heavily and contributing very little if anything to the club.

8. Andre Santos

  Ahmed Elmohamady of Sunderland outjumps Andre Santos of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium on October 16, 2011 in London, England

Could this be the biggest waste of a No.11 Shirt in Premier League history. He has made 23 appearances for the club scoring one goal. He is a defensive nightmare who is currently on loan at Gremio in Brazil. I shudder to think what his wages are on, The Gremio president has been quoted as saying they can not afford to kick him after his loan finishes. To say he uses his right foot to stand on would not be too far from the truth and his left is not much better. When you think of Brazilian football you can cast your mind back and think of world class marauding full backs such as Roberto Carlos and Cafu. Andre Santos is one that will last long in the memory for all the wrong reasons.

9. Mikael Silvestre

If KP wanted a mascot for their peanuts campaign then he would be your man, however if you are looking for a strong commanding centre back he is not. He signed for Arsenal in the 2008-09 season he had made a total of 43 appearances for the club scoring 3 goals and was moved on to the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen in 2010. 

10. Richard Wright

For a reported fee of £6 million Richard Wright was signed in the 2001-02 season but he only stayed for a year after a very unimpressive spell at the club he only made 12 appearances slipping to third choice behind a then youthful Stuart Taylor he was quickly moved onto Everton in 2002 where he spent a more successful time of 5 years.

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There are many contenders for this top 10 list but I did decide on these as I believe they contributed very little. Feel free to add your own opinions to this list.






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