Arsenal have been blessed with some real talented full-backs over the years, Kenny Sansom was excellent on the left with Viv Anderson on the right. We then had the George Graham years of Lee Dixon and Nigel Winterburn. Arsene Wenger then inherited the same full backs who excelled for a few more years until they were replaced. We were then treated to Ashley Cole and Lauren, both part of the ‘Invincible’s team’.
But just who are the two worst full backs that have ever graced the club. Let’s have a look at the front runners and cast your vote below:
Santos was brought to the club from Fenerbahce for a cool £6.2m in 2011 and went on to make 33 appearances for the club and scored three goals.
He struggled to make an impact in his two years at the club and was most famous for swapping shirts with Robin Van Persie at half-time. Not the best way to endear yourself to the Arsenal faithful.
It was not just his choice of personnel to swap shirts with. Santos was a poor defender, his positional play was at times shocking and he certainly struggled to mark players.
Is there any defence for him? Well he was Brazilian, but that was about it.
Signed by George Graham in 1991, Lynderson had something of a reputation of a kicker.
Making 16 appearances in three and a half years, Lynderson played a few games when replacing the injured Lee Dixon in 1991. Just under a year later he had his second spell in the team which turned into a disaster as the team struggled and finished 10th in the league. Lynderson found himself back at IK Start soon after.
His signing was part of the bung allegations that eventually saw George Graham sacked from the club.
What can we say about David Grondin? That’s right, there is nothing we can say.
Grondin arrived in 1998 signed for £500,000. The 18-year-old was set to break into the team and be a mainstay in the squad for years to come.
He made four appearances for the team at left back and each one was as bad as the last. The debate was not, was he a bad defender, more was he even a footballer.
Now when we think of Nelson Vivas we think of him going Hulk-like on the sidelines as manager. However Vivas was signed by Arsene Wenger in 1998, but failed to make a breakthrough despite playing 69 times for the club although 40 of these were as a substitute.
One thing he was, was very versatile but that seemed to be his downfall. He could pass ok but, for an international defender, his tackling was atrocious. He was no super sub and let’s be clear no full back either.
Maybe a controversial one for the list, but was Oleg Luzhny really that good. Yes he played 110 times for the club and his galloping runs fine the right earned his the nickname of ‘the horse’.
He was signed in 1999 and was understudy to Lee Dixon but failed to make an impact. Could he defend? Yes. Could he run? Yes. Was he a standout? No, not at all.
Who can believe that Traore is still playing, and is at Championship side Nottingham Forest?
However, as a youngster, he played just 13 times for Arsenal, in six years, being used as a bit part player when the team was struggling. Traore played his last game for Arsenal in the humiliating 8-2 loss to Manchester United. A game which no one came out of the match well, but Traore was one who was extremely poor that day.
In the end it didn’t matter as he was shipped out to Queens Park Rangers much to the relief of the Arsenal faithful.
Who was the worst for you? Let us know by voting in the poll below and stay tuned next week for the centre back nominees.