Arsene Wenger turned Arsenal into a world-class team where every club is afraid to compete with. He had won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Arsene Wenger led Arsenal to the Premier League’s first undefeated season.
The Arsenal manager is credited with discovering Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Thierry Henry, and Patrick Vieira early.
He brought them into Premier League competitions and made them great players.
However, some players suffered under the Frenchman. These players either couldn’t adjust to Arsene Wenger’s possession-based attacking style or couldn’t handle playing for Arsenal.
Here are five players who failed under Arsene Wenger.
1. Marouane Chamakh
At Arsenal, Chamakh enjoyed a good start to his career after signing for free from Bordeaux in 2010.
It was Robin van Persie’s rise to prominence that saw the striker replaced from the starting line-up, having scored 14 goals in 67 appearances before to his loan move West Ham in January 2013.
He then said that Wenger had mislead him about his chances of making the first squad at Arsenal.
It was a shock to many fans and analysts when Arsenal bought Denilson, an 18-year-old Brazilian midfielder then, in 2006.
Before joining Arsenal, the Brazilian had played in just 21 senior matches. For Denilson, the stress of playing for a team like Arsenal was too much to handle.
While still in high school, Denilson spent two seasons on loan at the Brazilian club, before signing a permanent contract with them in 2013.
Arsenal signed Gervinho at a time when Lille had the likes of Eden Hazard and Yohan Cabaye in their Ligue 1-winning team.
It’s fair to say that Wenger signed the wrong player, as the Ivorian international never settled at Arsenal after coming in as a replacement for Samir Nasri.
Eleven goals in 69 appearances showed that he wasn’t the right man to lead Arsenal’s attack and a terrible open-goal miss against Bradford in the League Cup probably best sums up his Arsenal career.
4. Andrey Arshavin
Arsenal’s first two seasons with the Russian were crucial to his development as a player.
A lot of crucial goals for Arsenal were scored by him in high-profile matches as a No.10 or second striker.
After his first two seasons with the club, Arshavin’s performances began to dwindle. Arshavin scored one goal in 26 Premier League games for Arsenal in each of his final two seasons there.
He had a number of notable games while playing for Arsenal, but he never quite lived up to the expectations that were placed on him.
5. Kaba Diawara
The fact that Diawara played for Arsenal, Marseille, and PSG implies he was a talented striker.
However, a closer look reveals that he was only with Arsenal and Marseille for six months each and that he was loaned out four times during his three years with PSG.
When Diawara returned to England, he spent time with Blackburn and West Ham, both of whom he failed to score in the league.