Under Arsene Wenger, Arsenal has had good right backs that really dominated the game and made the right back position theirs. Players’ like Lee Dixon and Lauren have really marvelled in that position and set the bar for players assuming that role.
But just like anything that’s sweet, we’ve had players that didn’t quite level up the bar set by Dixon and Lauren.
For a player who joined the club when he was only nine years old and was around the invincible squad being used as an understudy to Lauren, Hoyte didn’t quite live up to fill the boots and role of Lauren. Hoyte made his senior debut as a late substitute in Arsenal’s 6-1 Premiership victory over Southampton in May 2003.
He featured as a substitute in our Invincibles era but a lack of matches played would mean he didn’t get to have the Premiership medal. He would eventually go on to make his first senior start the following season in August, away to Norwich City.
All through his senior adventure with the club, Hoyte made thirty-four league appearances and scoring just one goal before moving to Sunderland on loan and Middlesbrough thereafter. He wasn’t quite the player to replace Lauren.
Vivas arrived at the club with the potential to be a long-term first-teamer for an ageing Nigel Winterburn who needed to be replaced. Arsenal signed him from Boca Juniors for £1.6 million in August 1998, but he rarely had the impact needed of him by the Gunners.
All through his time with the Gunners, Vivas made 69 appearances with forty of those being a substitute scoring just one goal in the League Cup (EFL) against Derby County. He was loaned to Celta Vigo before being released by the club in 2001 when his contract had expired.
You might remember him from France 98 in the match against England versus Argentina when Michael Owen went rampage to score a delightful goal. Vivas was one of the players who couldn’t stop a charging Michael Owen.
Though Luzhny made 110 appearances for the club and was part of the double winning squad in the season of 01/02 season that lifted the Premier League and FA Cup. He was signed to provide cover for Lee Dixon but was unable to put the England international out of the starting role. While Luzhny never cemented a starting position with the Gunners, Lauren was signed a year later as Dixon’s long-term replacement and flourished in filling the role left by the England international.
So there are the Worst Arsenal right backs to grace the club.