Arsenal have built a reputation for themselves as a club that goes to great pains to develop talented youngsters into superstars and then parts ways with them when a richer club comes calling. While some have claimed that the process has helped Arsene Wenger field a competitive side year after year, despite the club’s limited financial resources, a larger section of their fans believe that the process has weakened the side year after year and expressed their disappointment in the transfer handlings of their manager.
Yes, it is true that several of them have gone to become key players for other clubs, sometimes even rivals and have come back to hurt the club. However, several of them have lost their rhythm and have slipped down the order in footballing obscurity.
In this segment, we take a look at 5 former Arsenal superstars who are struggling to find their feet.
#1 Emmanuel Adebayor
The Togo international was once a beloved figure at Arsenal, largely due to his contributions in front of the goal for his club, finding the back of the net on 62 occasions in 142 appearances. However, that changed quickly, when Adebayor decided that it was time to move from North London to Manchester to join the up and coming Manchester City and subsequently celebrated scoring against his former club by running the length of the pitch to express his joy in front of travelling Arsenal fans.
While he did go on to feature for the likes of Real Madrid and Tottenham post his one and a half year stint with Manchester City, Adebayor failed to replicate his performances for much of his subsequent career and is currently a free agent, after being released by his latest club Crystal Palace at the end of the last season.
While he could prove to be a handy player for a number of clubs across Europe, clubs have so far resisted signing the often polarising figure of Adebayor. Perhaps, one could be tempted to say that it is the curse of Arsenal fans that has derailed his career.