Discussion in 'Arsenal Talk' started by Big Poppa, May 12, 2019.
Mustafi and Xhaka.
Oh wait this isn't a players you wished we didn't sign thread...
Just had a glance, I killed that thread ffs. Man, I was elite back then.
Gourcuff, Fraser, Higuain, Huntelaar
Higgy 2013, or when Juve bought him?
We would've benefited even in 2016 but we obviously didn't have the 80M. Voted Juve's MVP both seasons he was there, but then Ronaldo became available.
To be fair I reckon he'd have been fantastic if we got him in 2013 when he left Madrid. Since then he's spent 6 years eating Pizza
Players we were strongly kinked with that didn't amount to much elsewhere ... Thing is, I still feel a fair few of the players could have done well here. It's about timing and the right environment most of the time. As great as some of our players turned out, would they have been as good elsewhere and had the same progression trajectory? The wrong/right turn can be the difference between superstardom and 'mediocrity'. It's a funny old game.
But... Higuain. Fat scaredy-cat mug.
I was racking my brain trying think of his name. The handsome chode. Used to do nice stuff with Chamakh.
Higuain was quality at Madrid, put up great numbers despite being behind Benzema and Ronaldo in the pecking order. His career went downhill when he went to Italy. Scored plenty in the league for sure but did nothing of note in the CL, bottled the WC final etc
Never impressed me and never really seemed like a player that would fit our playstyle /PL. Think playing in Italy rejuvenated his career and masked his deficiencies at top level. Too similar too Giroud, but finishing wise one level higher.
I believe Benzema would have us seriously pushing for the league multiple times between '13 and '17. Guy has the technical ability and can create something around the box.
You are guaranteed to see transfer rumors of Gourcuff and Kalou in every transfer window.
Would of said Adebayor if West Ham bought him but ill go with Joey Barton, Carrick and Cabaye.
Too similar to which Giroud? The one that played for us that acted like he had never controlled a football in his life at times? The same one who couldn't sprint 40 yards?
Higuain is washed up now but he had more technical ability in his left toe than Giroud did in his entire body. He also had the pace to finish off some devastating counters while at Madrid. How many potential counters have we had over the years that died at Giroud's feet?
Higuain wasn't the best striker in the world but you don't make 190 appearances for Real Madrid and their fickle fans, if you aren't a top level striker.
Carrick, and to an extent Cabaye, would've been class signing.
Anythings possible but im glad we chose not too, players that don't quite cut it imo, just below the level we should be targeting. Same with Arteta.
Same level? Cabaye maybe, definitely not Carrick.
What Carrick was one of the best premier League midfielders of his generation
Well good thing for him he didn't choose to sign for Arsenal then isn't it.
To many players we signed I wish we didn't really, I'd say Goucuff at one point we were linked with him every summer, turned out to be a major flop wherever he went.
Yes, we missed out on him there. Can't quite believe you're saying you glad we didn't sign him.
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