Arsenal threw away £77m in fees and countless more in wages on 10 players fans turned on – Bailey Keogh

Arsenal have had one of their busiest transfer windows in recent history this summer, with five new faces arriving and a fee of around £129 million being spent. Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta says that business isn’t finished yet.

Not every new incoming is met with a success story, however, and the more players brought in increases the chances of money being potentially wasted.

Here is a list of the biggest flops that Arsenal have signed.

1. Park Chu Young



Park Chu-Young signed for Arsenal in 2011.
Park Chu-Young signed for Arsenal in 2011.

Cost: £5.85million

From: AS Monaco

In what can be described as Arsenal’s most bizarre transfer signing, Park Chu-Young joined on transfer deadline day in 2011, which would be one of the busiest days in transfer history for the Gunners. The South Korean would only go on to play seven minutes in total in the Premier League during his two-year period with the club.

2. William Gallas



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Gallas served as Arsenal captain for a season and a half

Cost: FREE

From: Chelsea

As compensation for Chelsea signing Arsenal invincible Ashley Cole in 2006. The Blues offered William Gallas in return which would be one of the worst decisions the north London side would make in their transfer history. Going on to somehow captain the side, central-defender Gallas requested to take the number 10 shirt and infamously sulked and disbanded his captain duties whilst still donning the armband following a draw to Birmingham City.

Oh, did I mention that Tottenham Hotspur would be his next club after leaving Arsenal on a free transfer as well?

3. Willian



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Willian is set to leave Arsenal this summer (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Cost: Free

From Chelsea

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Without any re-sale value, this was always going to be a risky deal for the Gunners – a risk that failed to pay off because in his first season in red and white, the Brazilian international only managed one goal in 34 games, despite being offered a three-year-contract on £190,000-a-week. Willian now looks set to leave after only one season at the Emirates.

4. Sebastian Squillaci



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Sebastein Squillaci up against Ashley Young at Villa Park

Cost: £4million

From: Sevilla

The Frenchman was signed as a quick replacement for Thomas Vermaelen who picked up a serious injury. Following a dreadful opening season In 2010/11 where it was clear he couldn’t handle the pace of the Premier League, Squillaci would only go onto make seven more appearances after his first campaign before he was sold to Bastia in 2013.

5. Mikael Silvestre



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Mikael Silvestre moved to Arsenal from bitter rivals Manchester United

Cost: Free

From: Manchester United

This transfer was a symbol of the directions Manchester United and Arsenal were heading in. At one point being major rivals for the league, Arsenal had picked up a 31-year-old player who was deemed surplus to requirements in Manchester which disappointed the fans. The Frenchman spent an underwhelming two years at the club making just 26 appearances.

6. Henrikh Mkhitaryan



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Henrikh Mkhitaryan was largely underwhelming during his time at Arsenal in the Premier League

Cost: Free

From: Manchester United

In what has been described as the worst swap-deal in Premier League history, Mkhitaryan was sent to Arsenal in exchange for Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United in 2018. Both players would be shipped to Italy in time for the 2019/2020 season after underwhelming spells at their former clubs.

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7. Andre Santos



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Robin van Persie embraces Andre Santos (Image: Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Cost: £5million

From: Fenerbache

After signing in 2011, it was hoped that the Brazilian would be a class replacement for Gael Clichy who left for Manchester City. It would instead be the opposite. Incapable of being able to defend and average going forward, Santos’ game time would be limited. His most rememberable moment in an Arsenal shirt was when he swapped his away jersey at half-time with former Arsenal man, Robin Van Persie, who had just signed for Manchester United earlier that season. With Arsenal also down at the break, it’s safe to say that fans were not pleased.

8. Gervinho



Gervinho signed for Arsenal in 2011.
Gervinho signed for Arsenal in 2011.(Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Cost: £11million

From: Lille

Another failure of a signing in that summer window of 2011, this time there were high hopes that Gervinho would be a success for the Gunners. After receiving a red card on his league debut against Newcastle, the Ivorian was unable to bounce back as an inconsistent two seasons would see him be sold on to AS Roma.

9. Lucaz Perez



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Lucas Perez had a poor one season at Arsenal (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Cost: £17million

From Deportivo de La Coruna

Lucas Perez didn’t perform terribly for Arsenal, but it just wasn’t the signing that the club needed. Calling out for a world-class striker in the build-up to the 2016/2017 season, Arsene Wenger instead opted to penny-pinch and panic buy on a man that previously only had one strong season under his belt. Perez would score seven goals in his first and only season at Arsenal before returning to Spain.

10. Shkodran Mustafi



Mustafi Joined Arsenal in 2016
Mustafi Joined Arsenal in 2016.

Cost: £35million

From: Valencia

Certainly less controversial than William Gallas, but also less talented, Mustafi’s £35million price tag in 2016 is the reason he is on this list. Season after season the World Cup winner would be at the forefront of comedic errors in defence. When you look at Arsenal’s fragile backline in recent years, Shkodran Mustafi is the first name that comes to mind. He’s currently a free agent and has been since last season concluded, that says it all.

Do you agree with the above selections? Follow our new Arsenal Fan Brands Writer & Presenter Bailey Keogh on Twitter to get involved in the discussion and give us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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