I feel a bit different writing this and as such would like to take a different dimension writing this week’s Worst XI edition. Usually, I would write about certain players that weren’t the player’s fans sang their name based on certain positions, but, this time I’m doing just the same thing but with the transfer ins the club made in the summer of 2011.
Due to fear or perhaps the genesis of the series of humiliating scoreline we’ve suffered in recent time when Manchester United defeated us 8-2 at Old Trafford forced Wenger into the market. He knew he wouldn’t achieve some bits of his objectives for the season with the players he had, so he immensely delved into the transfer market for the makeshift player right before the transfer window closed – thus leading to the pile of deadwood we are now trying to overcome.
In that summer window, Arsene signed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Mikel Arteta, Per Mertesacker, Andre Santos, Chu-Young Park, Carl Jenkinson, Joel Campbell, Thomas Eisfeld, Yossi Benayoun (Loan from Chelsea) and Thierry Henry (2 Months Loan from NY Red Bulls) the great.
While a few stood out during their time with the club, others certainly knew they weren’t Arsenal property. Let’s find out who makes the Worst XI from the array of players.
Bought from Lille for £11m to replace contract rebel Samir Nasri who was perhaps our best player in the season of 10/11. Gervinho was Lille’s best player as at that point, with a very young Eden Hazard learning from him apparently.
Gervinho had the pace to burn just Nasri but wasn’t technically gifted like the Frenchman, rewarding the club with 11 goals in 69 games which weren’t enough to convince the club he’s a mainstay property – hence prompting Arsenal to sanction a loan move to Roma.
I can’t forget his heroics at Stamford Bridge, when we defeated Chelsea 5-3 with the Brazilian left back sticking his name on the scoresheet; That should probably be my fond memory of Santos.
One of the really late buys Wenger made to ease off the presence of Gael Clichy that was sold to Manchester City, Just like Nasri. Though the Brazilian was somewhat a threat going forward but defensively was always exploited – hence became too big for the boots left by Clichy.
Chu-Young 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.
He scored just once for the Gunners in a League Cup competition but that was as far as it got for the South Korean who is related to former Manchester United player Ji-Sung Park. Chu-young Park was signed from Monaco for €5million as one of the panic buys.
He’s still an Arsenal player but could likely be sold in this current transfer period as a couple of teams chasing his signature. Jenkinson isn’t just an Arsenal player but a die hard fan who has always supported the team as a young boy.
With one goal registered to his name for Arsenal against Norwich, the Englishman knows he’s arrived at a point that involves him leaving Arsenal, having had two loan spells with West Ham.
The young German was signed from Borussia Dortmund and was projected to grow into a Mario Gotze-esque player as they both possess likened playing style.
A couple of pre seasons with the first team and a string of Capital One Cup appearances wasn’t enough to persuade Arsene Wenger from letting the young German depart the Gunners. I did like Eisfeld as he has a bit of Tomas Rosicky in him and is a self-acclaimed fan of the Czech international.
There you have it for this week’s edition of Worst XI.