5 Worst Signing of Arsenal in the last 6 years.
The Gunners have been a below average team for a few years now. They have come not even close to winning the EPL title and have always been fighting to remain in contention for the Champions League. They boast some of the most talented players but barring a few, many players have failed to make a name.
1. Shkodran Mustafi
On 30th August 2016, joined Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in excess of £35 million. Since then Mustafi has been a disappointment and is considered to be one of the worst first choice centre- back in the English Premier League. Arsenal heavily depends on their defenders but Mustafi’s below average performance has continuously haunted them. Mustafi has been the major reason for the defensive frailties of Arsenal since he joined the club in 2016. The Former World Cup winner cost Arsenal a whopping £35 million, but if his performances are analysed it can be easily said that there is no defender in the English Premier league that defines the term “ Below Average “ better than Mustafi. He has been prone to regular mental lapses and terrible mistakes, which has cost Arsenal Numerous points in the last few seasons. If Mustafi stays at Arsenal beyond this season, the club’s intention would be heavily questioned.
2. Danny Welbeck
The striker joined Arsenal from Manchester United in the 2014-2015 season. But since then he has been injury prone and hasn’t been able to perform to the best of his ability. His finishing has been heavily criticised by everyone, as he has missed the easiest of chances in front of the goal. After Lacazette and Aubamayeng, Welbeck is the third main striker of Gunners, but whenever he has played the striker has failed to impress. The England international has been seen messing up his shots in front of the goal, that has led to Arsenal failing to capitalise on the assists provided to him inside the box. Welbeck will never be Arsenal’s first choice centre forward but whenever he gets the opportunity, he needs to up his game and score more goals.
3. Mohammed Elneny
On 13 January 2016, then Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the signing of Elneny from FC Basel for an undisclosed fee reported to be somewhere between £5 million and £7.4 million. His passing may be usually good at times, he does not seem to have a good “ Footballing brain “ as his passes are rarely forward. Also. his defensive awareness has been poor since the time he started playing for Arsenal that has led to the opposite sides scoring goals several times. He notices both his opponents, yet he fails to move on any of them as he just keeps jogging. His tactics in front of the goal post have always been questionable, as he literally walks away from everyone while defending.
4. Alexis Sanchez
Chile International striker Alexis Sanchez joined Arsenal from Barcelona on a long term contract for a fee in the region of £ 35 million. The Gunners had high expectations from the striker as they believed Sanchez will help the team in scoring a lot of goals. But the striker failed to justify his talent for the Gunners as he had a below-par season since he became part of Arsenal. His performances weren’t extraordinary and were just restricted to being average. Sanchez could not help Arsenal win a major trophy in his tenure with the club, and decided to leave Arsenal in 2018 when he became a part of Manchester United.
5. Granit Xhaka
Swiss Midfielder Xhaka joined Arsenal in 2016 from Borussia Monchengladbach for £ 35 million. Arsenal wanted an authoritative Midfielder that had the potential to dictate play and control the game. The club had high expectations from the Swiss international but his performances weren’t able to meet the expectations of the club. As Xhaka, neither had control over the ball not he was able to help Arsenal when they needed him to step up. He was touted as the next best big Playmaker for the club but sadly ended up being the worst. He regularly misplaced passes and gifted goals to the rival team.