The Worst XI: Two up top?

The Worst XI: Two up top?

In this week’s edition of our worst XI, we have a look at the strikers that didn’t quite live up to the sort of hype surrounding them when transferring to Arsenal.

Francis Jeffers

With a £8million fee paid to Everton for his service in the year 2001, big things were expected from the Englishman Jeffers, who was a fox in the box kind of striker. You can imagine the value of £8million then, Jeffers ranked as one of the most expensive signings, but didn’t live up to the expectation that made Arsene Wenger go after the Englishman.
Francis Jeffers would go on to win two FA Cups and a Premier League title (sorry Stevie G) in his short time at Highbury but hardly featured as he couldn’t hold down a starting role. He would eventually go on to rejoin Everton on loan before eventually transferring to Charlton, having found the net just four times in 24 league games for the Gunners.

Park Chu-young

Related to former Manchester United player Ji-Sung Park, Chu-young Park was signed from Monaco for €5million in 2011 in what many people thought was a panic buy – given a number of youth players Wenger had in his team.
Park played just one league game for the Gunners before his miserable three year spell ended as an Arsenal player. He currently plays for FC Seoul in South Korea with the hope of saving his career.

Davor Suker

In my early days of watching football, I could recall the heroics of Suker from France 98. The legendary Croatian came in third behind Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo in the World Player of the Year award in 1998, before transferring to Arsenal the following year. Fans had a lot of expectation from Suker.
Suker, who won the golden boot in the France 98 World Cup scored seven times but managed only eight goals in 22 Premier League games for Arsenal before moving to West Ham.

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Marouane Chamakh

The Moroccan was brought in to fit the style of play of Emmanuel Adebayor who departed the Emirates to join Premier League rivals Manchester City. Though Chamakh came in as a free agent, he didn’t live up to the standards of Adebayor.
Chamakh came from Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, scoring 56 league goals in 230 league games which isn’t encouraging as a striker – but 8 league goals in 40 league games for the Arsenal shouldn’t be surprising, looking at his stats from Bordeaux.

Nicklas Bendtner

He would’ve been an ideal candidate to make this list, but I rebuff to put him on this list. Nothing more interesting than an overoptimistic person irrespective of their lows are still unbothered by the words of others; and who can forget about his instant goal against local rival Tottenham in less than 20 seconds of being on the pitch.
There you have it, the worst Arsenal strikers to play for the club.

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