5 Of Arsene Wenger’s Worst Arsenal Signings

Nicklas Bendtner

Useless. Absolutely useless. Nicklas Bendtner was Arsenal’s longest serving player at one point, as he spent ten years at the club. The Danish forward was mainly used as a substitute and only scored 47 goals in his decade in north London. He was cocky for no good reason and his most recent club, Wolfsburg, who he signed for in 2014, have recently realised that as well. The Danish forward has had his contract terminated with immediate effect, and the Wolfsburg chief executive Klaus Allofs has admitted that Nicklas Bendtner was a “failed experiment.” It took Wolfsburg 20 months to realise that, so why did it take Wenger ten years?

Marouane Chamakh

Goalscorer? He was supposed to be the answer to Arsenal’s striking problems but just 14 goals in three seasons at the club says otherwise. Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh spent more time on his hair than his performances on the pitch and was a huge disappointment. 67 appearances and 14 goals is a pathetic record for any striker. Then again, he was a free transfer. Maybe Arsenal fans were just expecting too much.

Sebastian Squillaci

What an awful signing by Wenger. This French centre-back was signed by his fellow countryman from Sevilla in 2010. Sebastian Squillaci was a disaster in the Premier League and left the club three years later, having made just 20 appearances. That’s £3.2 million down the drain.


When both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left the Emirates, Gervinho, the Ivory Coast international, was signed from Lille to fill the void. He was a decent player at times, but he was never reliable and at £10.8 million he was just another shoddy replacement. He was sold to Roma in 2013.

Andre Santos

The left-back can definitely be considered one of Arsenal’s worst ever players. He signed for £6.2m and made a string of high-profile errors which led to his sale after two years at the north London side. His biggest mistake was putting in an inept performance during Robin Van Persie’s first match against Arsenal since signing for Man United. He allowed RVP to score after just three minutes and to make matters worse, swapped shirts with the Dutchman at half-time.



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