Each week we take a look at some of Arsenal’s worst players to have played on the hallowed turf whether that was at Highbury or the Emirates stadium and choose our worst Arsenal XI. Today we look at the wide men who have lit up the stadium with anger and frustration.
Arsenal have always had some great Dutch players arrive at the club, players that stood out and make you say wow. Glenn Helder was not one of these. Brought for £2.3m from Vitesse Arnhem he was quickly nicknamed Lionel Ritchie by the fans for his superstar looks. Once thing Helder had was pace, he was quick, in fact quick as lightning but that would be one of his many downfalls as he often ended up down a blind alley with no team mate in sight. Arrived in 1995 and sold a two years later he somehow played 49 times and scored one goal.
Brought from Liverpool in 1991 for £500,000, the winger was expected to light up Highbury after looking a half decent player when he was playing for Millwall. However things just didn’t work out for Carter. He struggled to make any impact and despite being in the squad that won the Cup double in 1992/93 he was a poor acquisition. Out of his depth and not good enough, you have to wonder what both Liverpool and Arsenal saw in the player. He played 29 times for the club scoring twice in the process.
What can you say about dear Eddie. That’s right, nothing. We all wanted him to be good and for £1m we had hope but he just wasn’t an Arsenal player. He played 57 times for Arsenal and scored once. What makes it worse is McGoldrick was given set piece responsibilities when there was clearly much more talented players who would and could do a better job.
Brought for a club record £100,000 from Hibernian in 1970, Marinello arrived being dubbed the next George Best. He was that good. Or so people thought. A goal on his debut against Manchester United did little to calm the hype, here was a player who was the real deal. By the end of his 51 appearances and his five goals, the club were happy to see the back of him. Marinello seemed to believe in his own hype but his party lifestyle and injuries soon got the better of him and his form and career dropped without a trace. If ever there is a way not to do something then this was it.
The Russian arrived after a successful European Championship in 2008 with Russia, with Arsenal spending £15m on his services in 2009. He started with a bang and six goals and seven assist in his first 12 matches made his transfer look the best bit of business ever conducted by a football team. However, Arshavin was lazy, at times he would not even be trying on the pitch. He would fail to track back or pretty much run anywhere and was not endearing himself to the Arsenal faithful. He may have played 144 times and scored 31 goals but his return to Zenit on a free transfer in 2013 has much to do with the players steep decline.
Brought into the club at just 15 years of age from Notts County for £2m, Pennant was already being touted as a future England and Arsenal star. But for this hype to work out, it doesn’t matter how much talent you have, you need the attitude to go with it. Pennant did not. After making his debut against Southampton and scoring three goals that was as good as it got for the winger. The rumour goes that he was partying till 6am on the night of making his debut. That kind of attitude will end up catching up with you and sure enough it did. 26 matches and 3 goals was his contribution before leaving in 2005.
So there are the Worst Arsenal wingers to grace to the club.