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The 5 worst signings in Arsenal's history

Scott Newman
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Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:04 IST

#5 Amaury Bischoff

The signing of Amaury Bischoff was genuinely baffling
The signing of Amaury Bischoff was genuinely baffling

Alarm bells probably should’ve rung for Arsenal fans in 2008 when manager Arsene Wenger described the signing of Franco-Portuguese midfielder Amaury Bischoff as “a gamble on talent” due to his questionable injury record, but then quite why the Gunners were ever in for the then-21-year-old remains a mystery.

Bischoff had just one appearance to his name for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen at that point, although he had made a total of 62 appearances for Bremen’s reserve side over the course of three seasons. Given Arsenal could boast the talents of midfielders like Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Alex Song at the time, quite why Wenger thought Bischoff could benefit the squad is anyone’s guess.

As it turned out, his time at the Emirates was basically a waste of a season; he played a total of about 25 Premier League minutes after replacing Theo Walcott in a win over Portsmouth, and was quietly released in the summer of 2009 when his one-year deal with the club expired. He’s since stated that he has no regrets about his time at Arsenal, giving one positive to the situation at least.

Published 18 Nov 2019, 19:05 IST
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