Arsenal Editorial

Am A Gunner: 6 players who regretted leaving Arsenal

Arsenal have seen the exit of some of their finest players over the years due to their inability to pay them well, win them domestic and European trophies.

Some players have left to join some of the biggest clubs in the world and done well while others have struggled massively for form, fitness and confidence. Leaving Arsenal might seen easy at first but after some years, the departed players regrets it.

Cause at Arsenal, everyone expects Arsenal to fight for the FA Cup or Caraboa Cup while finishing in the European places.

No one expects them to win the Champions League or the Premier League. It is one of the few clubs in Europe that keeps superstars as long as possible even if they’re declining.

Alex Song– The midfielder maestro made a huge mistake swapping Arsenal for Barcelona back in the 2012 season. At Arsenal, Arsene Wenger had more faith in him and gave him lots of chances to play regular football and improve his outstanding qualities. But at Barcelona, Song had to settle for the bench or sit in the stands while Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquet played every game.

Patrick Vieri– The former Gunners captain is arguably the greatest midfielder in Arsenal’s history having lead the club to 8 trophies including an unbeaten run in 2002. But, Vieri wanted more than just domestic trophies, he wanted to win the Champions League and decided to join Juventus in the 2005.

With Juventus, Vieri managed to win the Seria A title until the Calciopo scandal stripped of them of the title and subsequently led to their demotion. Vieri along with Fabio Cannavaro‡, Gianluca Zambrotta and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all quit the Allianz Stadium that season and moved to Inter Milan.

Sadly, Viera never reached the height of his Arsrenal days with both Juventus, Inter Milan and Manchester City.

Alexis Sanchez- The Chilean superstar was the best player in the Premier League in the 2014/15 season after scoring 17 goals with 13 assists in just 32 appearances for Arsenal. But, Sanchez wanted more than just goals and individual trophies, he wanted club trophies and decided to join Manchester United in a swap deal with Henrik Mkhitaryan.

At United, Sanchez struggled with form and fitness and was later sold to Inter Milan were he currently plays his football.

Alex Hleb– The Belarus International currently regrets the day he decided to leave Arsenal to join Barcelona in the 2009/10 season. At Barcelona, Hleb struggled to convince Pep Guardiola he was good enough for the club and was eventually sold.

Emmanuel Adebayor– Under Arsene Wenger, Emmanuel Adebayor was tranformed into one of the finest strikes in Europe and Arsnal was the platform he shone best. But, Adebayor wanted more money and trophies and decided to join Manchester City where his struggles began.

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