In this week’s series of Worst XI, we look at the sequel of midfielders that weren’t good enough to play for the Arsenal; as they didn’t quite live up to the expectation surrounding them to precede those before them. Under Arsene Wenger’s reign, we’ve had and still have quite a handful of midfielders we could rely on, so let’s have a look at those that weren’t worthwhile for the Gunners.
Sometimes I see Wenger take certain actions and I start to ask myself if the French gaffer is really okay upstairs? Kim, sorry not the Kardashian, was signed in January 2014 on a loan deal from Lyon for the remainder of the season to act as an alternative for the midfield crisis we had on the team – with the only problem being that Wenger signed an injured player to act as a cover – up in the midfield department. Comm’n man, I myself feel dishearted writing this.
Kallstrom made a total of four appearances for the Gunners with the notable appearance in the FA Cup semi-final tie against Wigan in which he scored Arsenal’s second spot kick, as we progressed to the final, winning 4-2 on penalties.
Kallstrom would eventually go on to have an FA Cup medal as Arsenal would go on to beat Hull City 2-1 in a thrilling final match.
Though his name sounds rich, Bentley wasn’t quite profiting from the grass at Arsenal. The Englishman who was quite cocky during his playing time made one league appearance for the Gunners and a couple of cup matches in which he scored in one of them.
There isn’t much to write about Bentley’s time at Arsenal as he went on loan in a couple of spells before eventually leaving the Gunners in 2006 for Blackburn Rovers and then joining Spurs in 2008. He went on to score a cracking long ranger against the Gunners during his time at spurs, in a 4-4 thrilling encounter.
Touted as the next Fabregas even while Cesc was in the team as he followed the same trajectory his fellow Spaniard took. Merida came from Barcelona’s youth setup and moved to Arsenal, scoring on his debut in a friendly match against Boreham Wood.
During his short-lived time with Arsenal, Merida made six league appearances scoring one goal and a handful of cup appearances. Merida left Arsenal in quite a bizarre manner, agreeing to a Real Sociedad loan without following due protocol.
He would permanently leave Arsenal in 2010, joining Atletico Madrid but still wouldn’t bloom as the prospect he once was.
There you have it, the second edition of Worst XI Midfielders to play for the Gunners.