Whether or not Arsene Wenger will continue at Arsenal beyond the end of the current season is a moot point at this stage, but during his 20 years and for all of his successes, the Frenchman has often come unstuck in the transfer market.
Frugal with the Gunners’ transfer spend, the eye-for-a-bargain attitude is laudable but there’s also truth in the old adage that you ‘get what you pay for.’
Some of his captures have been so poor that it’s arguable even some die-hard supporters will struggle to remember them and yet these players have had the honour of pulling on the red and white shirt when, quite frankly, they didn’t deserve to have the honour of so doing.
Let’s take a look at five of the worst:
Gervinho was one of many players to end up at Arsenal via French football, a preferred source of Wenger’s. Clearly, on this occasion, his scouts hadn’t done their homework properly because the Ivorian was nothing but a disaster.
Supposedly highly-rated, it was seen as a coup at the time that Gervinho had signed for the north Londoners but his £5m transfer fee from Lille should’ve raised eyebrows at the very least.
An awkward customer, he never really understood the free-flowing Arsenal way and was often more of a hindrance than a help to what his team were trying to execute on the counter attack.
Just 11 goals in 69 appearances proved that he was never really the striker that Wenger had imagined he would be, and his all-too-brief stay in the English capital came to an end when he signed for Roma.
Gervinho can currently be found plying his trade in the Chinese Super League with Hebei China Fortune.