Cesc Fabregas came to Arsenal in 2003 and stayed until 2011. He was named Arsenal captain in November 2008 and rose to the challenge. During his time at Arsenal, he only won the FA Cup. Fabregas then left for Barcelona in 2011 and won five trophies in three years. These included La Liga and the Copa del Rey. In 2014, he came back to England and joined Chelsea, much to the disgust of Arsenal fans. To make matters worse, he won the Premier League and the League Cup in his first season at Stamford Bridge.
Nasri left Arsenal after three years in 2011, to join Manchester City. He did not win a trophy during his time at the club. Since his move to the blue half of Manchester, the Frenchman has won the Premier League and League Cup twice, along with the Community Shield. The arrival of Pep Guardiola next season means that Samir Nasri will probably have even more trophies before you know it.
Robin Van Persie
Robin Van Persie had an eight-year spell at Arsenal, which came to an end in 2012. Whilst at the Gunners, he won the FA Cup and the Community Shield but a Premier League winners medal eluded him at Arsenal. In just his first season at Manchester United, RVP won the Premier League in what turned out to be Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season before he retired. Problem solved.
Sagna left Arsenal in 2014 after seven years with the North London side. The only trophy he won during that period was the FA Cup in 2014. Since leaving Arsenal and going to Manchester City, Sagna has only added one more trophy to his list, the League Cup that Man City won this season when they defeated Liverpool in a penalty shootout. However, with Pep Guardiola coming next season, he is more likely to win the Premier League at City than he ever was at Arsenal.
The former Arsenal captain just had to be included on this list. He left Arsenal after five years in 2014 having won one trophy, the FA Cup. Then he goes to Barcelona and wins the treble in his first season having only played 27 minutes. The Belgian had more trophies (3) than appearances (1) for Barcelona. When Barcelona won the Champions League last season, Vermaelen got a Champions League winners medal. Well I mean it’s fair enough, he played for it so he earned it. Except he didn’t. The Belgian did not feature during Barcelona’s European campaign. Not once. yet he still collected a Champions League winners medal. It really is alright for some.
The moral of the story is that all of these players have left Arsenal and gone onto bigger and better things (in terms of trophies at least) whereas Arsenal continue to underachieve and still awaiting their first Premier League title since 2004.